Worth Noting - December 2013

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Four King County wastewater treatment plants in King County, Wash., earned 2012 Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. The South Treatment Plant in Renton and the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle received Platinum Awards, and the Vashon and Carnation treatment plants received Gold Awards.

The Washington Department of Ecology recognized 107 perfect-performing wastewater treatment plants in 2012 with its Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award. For a list of recipients, visit www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2013/206.html.

The Raleigh (N.C.) Public Utilities Department Wastewater Treatment Division received three 2012 NACWA Platinum Peak Performance Awards. Honored were the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Smith Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Little Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Norman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control Plant in Fairfax County, Va., received a NACWA Platinum Peak Performance Award.

The San Jose-Santa Clara (Calif.) Regional Wastewater Facility received a Gold Peak Performance Award from NACWA.

David Pigg, operations supervisor at the Wards Corner Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Clermont County, Ohio, received the Professional Wastewater Operations Award from the Ohio Water Environment Association.

The Eagle River Wastewater Treatment Facility in Anchorage, Alaska, received the NACWA Platinum Award.

The Water Environment Federation announced these award recipients:

  • Robert Villee, Middlesex, N.J., New Jersey Water Environment Association, Collection Systems Award
  • Authors Jes Vollertsen, Thorkild Hvitved Jacobsen and Asbjorn Haaning Nielsen for their article, “Effect of Sewer Headspace Air-Flow on Hydrogen Sulfide Removal by Corroding Concrete Surfaces,” Eddy Wastewater Principles/Processes Medal
  • Rao Y. Surampalli, Lenexa, Kan., Nebraska Water Environment Association, Emerson Distinguished Service Award
  • Authors Gary R. Johnson, James Thurrott and Manjiang Chen for their article, “Optimizing Low-Level Nitrogen Removal,” Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal

TPO welcomes your contribution to this listing. To recognize members of your team, please send notices of new hires, promotions, service milestones, certifications or achievements to editor@tpomag.com.



The Alabama Water Environment Association offers:

  • Dec. 17 – Collection System Operators Seminar, Tuscaloosa
  • March 25 – Collection System Operators Seminar, Huntsville

Visit www.awea-al.com.


The University of Florida TREEO Center in Gainsville offers:

  • Dec. 9-13 – Wastewater Class A Certification Review, Tampa
  • Dec. 10-13 – Wastewater Class B Certification Review, Tampa
  • Jan. 14-16 – Introduction to Electrical Maintenance, Gainesville
  • Jan. 14-17 – Water Class C Certification Review, Gainesville
  • Jan. 21-23 – Process Control of Advanced Waste Treatment Plants, Gainesville
  • Feb. 4-5 – Water Reclamation & Treatment Processes, Gainesville

Visit www.treeo.ufl.edu/wastewater-courses.aspx.


The Georgia Association of Water Professionals has a Backflow Prevention Specialty Workshop in Marietta Dec. 11. Visit www.gawp.org.


The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water offers:

  • Dec. 10 – Collection System Maintenance and Solutions, Seelyville
  • Dec. 12 – Compliance Sampling, Connersville

Visit www.inh2o.org.


The Kansas Water Environment Association offers:

  • Dec. 4-5 – Understanding and Troubleshooting Electrical Motors, Lawrence
  • Dec. 6 – Introduction to Wastewater Chemistry, Hays
  • Dec. 12 – An Examination of Your Safety, Emporia
  • Dec. 17 – Introduction to Water and Wastewater Conveyance, Garden City
  • Dec. 18 – An Examination of Your Ethics, Pratt
  • Dec. 27 – Small Wastewater Systems, Dodge City
  • Jan. 8 – Introduction to Water and Wastewater Conveyance, Garden City
  • Jan. 14-15 – Wastewater Collection Systems, Arkansas City
  • Jan. 15 – Wastewater Treatment, Colby
  • Jan. 23 – Small Systems Wastewater, Holton
  • Jan. 24 – Special Topics – Ultrasound and UV, Garden City
  • Jan. 28 – Wastewater Treatment, Pratt
  • Jan. 29 – Wastewater Collection Systems Management, Iola

Visit www.kwea.net.


The Missouri Rural Water Association has developed a series of free apps for wastewater operators using the Android and iPhone systems. Search MRWA in the Google Play and Apple stores. Visit www.moruralwater.org.


The Ohio Water Environment Association offers:

  • Dec. 5 – Biosolids Workshop, Lewis Center
  • March 13 – Government Affairs Workshop, Lewis Center
  • May 1 – Collection Systems Workshop, Lewis Center
  • May 21-22 – Operations/Lab Analysis Workshop, Lewis Center

Visit www.ohiowea.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering-Professional Development offers:

  • Dec. 3-5 – Sanitary Sewer and Collection System Engineering
  • March 24-25 – Upgrading Your Sanitary Sewer Maintenance Program
  • March 26-28 – Wastewater Pumping Systems and Lift Stations
  • April 15-17 – Nutrient Removal Engineering: Phosphorus and Nitrogen in Wastewater Treatment

Visit http://epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers:

  • Dec. 3-5 – Sanitary Sewer and Collection System Engineering, Madison
  • Dec. 17 – Permit-Required Confined Space Entry, West Salem
  • Feb. 17-21 – General Wastewater Treatment-Intro and Advanced, Madison
  • Feb. 25-26 – Anaerobic Digestion-Intro and Advanced, Green Bay
  • March 4-5 – Phosphorus Removal-Intro and Advanced, Janesville
  • March 10-14 – General Wastewater Treatment-Intro and Advanced, Green Bay

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.  

Calendar of events

Jan. 22-23
Water Environment Association of Texas Collection Systems Conference and Expo. Visit www.weat.org.

Jan. 26-29
New England Water Environment Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. Visit www.newea.org.

Feb. 4-6
New York Water Environment Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, New York Marriott Marquis. Visit www.nywea.org.

Feb. 25-28
Water Environment Federation 2014 Utility Management Conference. Call 703/684-2441 or visit www.wef.org.

March 18
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Spring Biosolids Symposium, Stevens Point. Visit dnr.wi.gov.

March 29-April 2
Missouri Water Environment Association/American Water Works Association Joint Annual Conference, Osage Beach. Visit www.mwea.org.

April 16-17
Nebraska Water Environment Association Great Plains Conference, Embassy Suites, LaViasta. Visit www.ne-wea.org.

April 21-24
Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association Annual Conference, Centennial Hall, Juneau. Visit www.awwma.org.

April 27-30
Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Hot Springs. Visit www.awwwea.org.

April 29-May 2
California Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Santa Clara Convention Center. Call 510/382-7800, ext. 115, or visit www.cwea.org.


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