Water You Drinking?

It may be cooling down, but it's still important to keep hydration up. For a slightly sweet and herbal boost, try our newest infusion: blueberry lavender. Known for relieving tension, enhancing blood circulation and treating respiratory problems, lavender is the perfect addition to your late summer refreshments. 

Ingredients

1/2 pint of blueberries

Lavender flowers (to taste)

64 ounces of water

Directions

Add fruit and edible flowers to a pitcher of water.

Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Strain, then add ice. Enjoy!

 

 

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Hurricane Season: Stay Prepared & Stay Safe

During hurricane season (June 1 — November 30), Aqua offers customers tips to prepare for the possible loss of water service during a storm.

 

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Employee Spotlight: Q&A with Aqua Office Assistant Megan Nicoson

 

What is your title at Aqua and what type of work to do you do?

Office Assistant, which means I have a lot of responsibilities and try to make everything run as smoothly as possible in our division! I’m the backflow coordinator and I’m responsible for distributing locates for the state. I also coordinate all events and functions for our division.  

 

When I was a kid, my nickname was…

Megs (and still is!)

 

I work with water for a living, but my favorite water related activity is...

Fishing.

 

If I had to pick 3 words to describe myself, they’d be…

Outgoing, fun, & kind

 

 

Megan's catch of the day at Lake Vermilion. 

 

My favorite weekend activity is...

Volunteering at my local Volunteer Fire Department or visiting my nieces.

 

What’s the most frequent question that people ask you about working at a water utility?

They ask about their bill!

 

What’s the most fun experience you’ve had working for Aqua?

My first time participating in the Festival of Trees...and I’ve been hooked every year since! The FOT is a fundraising event for the hospital. Several hundred local businesses compete in a Christmas tree decorating contest and all trees are on display for viewing after judging. It’s friendly competition and the whole community gets really involved. Aqua Illinois Vermilion Division won in 2012.

 

 

 

 Megan at a controlled training house fire with the Tilton Fire and Recuse Auxiliary where she is Vice President.

I love water because it’s...

Refreshing!

 

The most interesting thing I’ve crossed off my “Bucket List” is…

Last fall I finally got to see Garth Brooks live in concert!

 

My co-workers don’t know this, but I’m actually a big fan of...

Harry Potter

 

 

Volunteering at a truck mud bog to raise funds for the Tilton ambulance service.  

In the summer, you can find me...  

By the swimming pool, reading a book.

 

Favorite childhood toy was...

Barbies

 

When I was a kid, I always thought I’d grow up to be...  

A psychologist

 

 

 

 Megan and four other Tilton Fire and Recuse Auxiliary members receiving 2nd place at a fire department fundraiser event. 

Do you have any pets?

No (Allergies, but I love dogs!)

 

The last time I dressed up for Halloween, I went as…

A Cat

 

If I could be one movie character, I would be...because...  

Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I want my own library!

 

 

Megan's nieces, Mady and Leah. 

My favorite “guilty pleasure” snack is…

Reese’s PB Cups

 

Don’t tell anybody, but I’ve always had a celebrity crush on…

Luke Bryan

 

If I weren’t working at Aqua, I would be…

A social worker

 

Aside from water, my favorite drink is…

Unsweetened Iced Tea

 

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Aqua-sponsored Junior Achievement team, uFusion, receives the FedEx Access Award

The Aqua-sponsored Junior Achievement team, uFusion, received the FedEx Access Award during the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. at the end of June. The student-run team was one of a few selected to receive an award out of 15 other JA companies also in attendance.

 

This is the first time Aqua’s JA team has won an award at the national competition, which brought together JA teams from across the country. Each team presented their business ideas to a panel of judges through several events, including a booth presentation, a stage presentation and one-on-one interviews.

uFusion’s group, led by Aqua employee Erin Feeney, impressed judges with their gel infused air fresheners. The students made each of the air fresheners by hand and sold many of them. They made some of their largest gains during two sales at Aqua’s Bryn Mawr offices.

This is Feeney’s first year as head JA volunteer. She started volunteering for the group back in 2012, working closely with Aqua employee Meghan Kreszwick, who led the program at that time. 

“I really admired the way Meghan led the program and mentored the students and I wanted to follow in her footsteps,” Feeney said.

 

 

Throughout the school year, Feeney — along with fellow Aqua employees Sarah Eccles, Karen Walker, Caroline Wallo, Tim Smeltzer, Scott Szczygiel and Greg Galiffa — helped the students develop and execute their business plan by  meeting with them once a week on Thursday evenings. The volunteers offered advice on how to successfully grow the uFusion business and present their achievements.

“All of the students who participate are very passionate about their ideas and they work hard to succeed. Our main goal as volunteers is simply to guide these students toward informed and effective decision-making,” Feeney said. “We start by introducing them to the basic principles of business: the brainstorming process, marketing research, product analysis, expenses, production, inventory, financial records, selling, and finally liquidation. Throughout the process our most important role is to challenge their decisions, forcing them to understand why their tactics were or were not successful. The students come from a variety of schools and backgrounds and have to learn to work together to make decisions, by challenging their decisions they improve their communication skills and learn to grow as a team.”

Students from high schools across southeastern Pennsylvania came together to make up uFusion. There were about 18 total kids, five of which went to D.C. to represent the company.

 

 

All of their work paid off when they took that stage at the Ronald Reagan Trade Center to accept the FedEx Access Award. According to the JA website, the award is given to the team “with the best business plan demonstration potential for job creation, growing small business and expanding global development.”

“The massive change from start to finish of this past year together has been incredible. After introductions and getting to know each other, they grew individually and as a team to make sound business decisions,” Feeney said. “Growing pains, trial and error, it was all necessary for their development, and once they grew to understand the consequences of all of their business decisions, they could employ more effective strategies. They blossomed from high school students to future business leaders.”

This marks the second year Aqua’s JA team made it to the national competition; they attended in 2014. They also received awards during April’s regional competition outside of Philadelphia, which qualified them for their eventual triumphant visit to nationals.

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America's Tallest Water Slides

Summer is coming to close but there's still time to get out and have some fun. Towering higher than the Statue of Liberty and with top speeds over 60 mph, these are some of the tallest water slides in the United States. Would you dare ride any of these?

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