SD AWWA Annual Meeting:

2022 South Dakota American Water Works Association Annual Meeting

September 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm at Sioux Falls Ramkota

Upcoming Conference:

2022 South Dakota Water and Wastewater Association Annual Conference

September 14-16, 2022 at Sioux Falls Ramkota (more info can be found at

Including a water taste test competition!

Winner gets to represent SD at AWWA ACE23, and a $1500 travel expense stipend.

Water Utility Council Chair Ken Lykens will be attending the annual conference as the AWWA representative. Read more about Ken below!



Upcoming Trainings:

August 30-September 1, 2022 Intermediate Water Treatment | Rapid City | Ramkota Rushmore Room

September 22, 2022 Small Water Treatment Workshop | Zoom Online Course

October 4-6, 2022 Wastewater Collection | Sioux Falls | Ramkota

October 13, 2022 Stabilization Pond Workshop | Mitchell | Mitchell High Conference Center

October 18, 2022 Stabilization Pond Workshop | Aberdeen | Ramkota

November 15-17, 2022 Water Distribution | Spearfish | Holiday Inn

April 18-20, 2023 AWWA Surface Water Treatment Workshop | Fargo, ND | Hilton Garden Inn


South Dakota AWWA is proud to announce the officers for the 2021/2022 term:


Chair: Brian Hoellein
Chair Elect: Ben Haecherl
Past Chair: Dustin Dale
Secretary/Treasurer: Lori Seten
Public Affairs Council Chair:  Bill Sarringar
Technical and Education Council Chair: Rachel Kloos

Director: Joe Honner
Water Utility Council Chair: Kevin Newman
Administrative and Policy Council Chair: Matt Erickson
Young Professionals: Casey Skillingstad

SDWWA Liaison: Kyle Goodmanson


Ken Lykens is the General Manager of the Meridian Metropolitan District and is responsible for all infrastructure needs including drinking water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and stormwater.  Mr. Lykens has 30 years of experience in infrastructure engineering, from planning through design and construction.  His experience consists of leading multi-disciplinary teams to plan, design, permit, and deliver complex infrastructure and natural resource projects.  Specific experience includes: utility operations and maintenance, contract management, facility construction and upgrades, asset management, data management, rate setting, and consensus building. Experience also includes working extensively with regulatory agencies at every level of government on a wide variety of regulatory compliance issues.  Mr. Lykens has prepared and delivered hundreds of presentations to boards, elected and appointed officials, executives, senior management teams, trade organizations/associations, public interest groups, regulatory agencies, and the media.


Ken is a Professional Engineer with experience working for public utilities (large and small) and engineering consulting firms.  He is a Board Member for the Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency (WISE) project and is the Vice Chair of the AWWA Water Utility Council (WUC).


Ken received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a M.S degree in Finance from Denver University.


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