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The Delaware Rural Water Association named Robert Slater of Bridgeville 2013 Water Operator of the Year. Brian Murphy of Seaford was named the 2013 Wastewater Operator of the Year.

Gary Hallaert, Algonquin Village Utilities supervisor, and Jason Meyer, water operator, won the inaugural Hydrant Hysteria contest for assembling a fire hydrant fastest at the 2014 WaterCon Conference and Exposition in Springfield, Ill.

The Trenton Municipal Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant received the 2013 Biosolids Award for Small Facilities from the Missouri Water Environment Association.

Tim Snyder was hired as wastewater treatment plant superintendent for the City of Atlantic, Iowa.

Brenda Cummins of the Lawrence County (Ind.) Health Department completed requirements in conjunction with the Indiana State Department of Health to be an onsite wastewater professional.

The Big Bull Creek (Kan.) Wastewater Treatment Facility received design and construction awards including the Engineering in Excellence Award for Design-Build from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas, the National Recognition Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Kansas Award of Honor in the Design-Build Category from American General Contractors, and the Capstone Award for Infrastructure from the Kansas City Business Journal.

The Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District received the 2013 California Water Environment Association Award for the state’s best collection system of its size.

Jesse Lawson, general manager of Indian Valley Community Services District, was named Wastewater Operator of the Year by the California Rural Water Association.

AAA Wastewater (Franklin, Ohio) received the 2013 Soin Award for Innovation from the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gus Collins was named gas and wastewater utilities director for the City of Winfield, Kan.

Alecia Patton, GIS coordinator for the Jacksonville Wastewater Utility, was named 2014 Young Professional of the Year by the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association. The City of Wilton received the association’s Special System Recognition Award for Wastewater.

Bryant Szymanski was hired as a wastewater operator for the City of Breezy Point, Minn. He replaces John Monnier, who retired.

The Wilson Creek Treatment Plant and the West Alexander Treatment Plant received the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Facility Excellence Award.

The Sioux Falls Wastewater Treatment System received the 2013 Operation and Maintenance Wastewater Treatment Award from the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recognized the City of Groton for helping to maintain the environmental integrity of Long Island Sound. The city was recognized for its boat pumpout facilities’ removal of significant sewage during the 2013 boating season.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recognized these professionals for maintaining a perfect compliance record with wastewater treatment permits in 2013:

  • Jerome Connolly, City of Belle Plaine
  • Bob Staydohar, City of Marble
  • Ray Benolken, Rush City
  • Scott Oberstar, City of Chisholm

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The American Water Works Association is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 15-Oct. 4 – High-Tech Operator Course 1, online
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 18 – Water Treatment Operator Level 1, online
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 18 – Water Treatment Operator Level 2, online
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 18 – Water Treatment Operator Level 3, online
  • Sept. 17-19 – Financial Management: Cost of Service Rate-Making, Indianapolis
  • Sept. 24 – Distribution System Issues Part 2 of 3: Water Quality and Asset Management Working Together, online
  • Oct. 8 –Disinfection By-Products – State of the Science and Implications, online
  • Oct. 15-17 – WATER Technologies Short Course

Visit www.awwa.org.


The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 15-16 – Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician, Anchorage
  • Sept. 17-18 – Electrical Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance, Anchorage
  • Oct. 8-9 - Pumps and Pump Systems: Specifications, Installation and Operation, Anchorage

Visit www.awwma.com.


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 16-18 – Intermediate Water Distribution, Fayetteville
  • Sept. 16-30 – Basic Water Distribution, online
  • Sept. 16 – Basic Water Math, North Little Rock
  • Sept. 17 – Applied Water Math, North Little Rock
  • Sept. 18 – PWS Compliance, North Little Rock
  • Sept. 23-25 – Advanced Water Distribution, Hot Springs
  • Oct. 1-15 - Intermediate Water Treatment, online
  • Oct. 14 - Basic Water Math, Russellville
  • Oct. 15 - Applied Water Math, Russellville

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering an Intermediate Water Treatment course in Lonoke Sept. 23-25. Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The California Water Environment Association is holding a Collection System Training Day Oct. 9 in Apple Valley. Visit www.cwea.org.

The California-Nevada Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 15 – Backflow Tester Course, Rancho Cucamonga
  • Sept. 16 – D2-D3 Review, Riverside
  • Sept. 17 – D2-D3 Math Review, Riverside
  • Sept. 17 – D4-D5 Math Review, Riverside
  • Sept. 18 – D4-D5 Review, Riverside
  • Sept. 26 – Backflow Refresher, West Sacramento
  • Oct. 1 - Water Use Efficiency Grade 2 Workshop, West Sacramento
  • Oct. 6 - Backflow Tester Course, West Sacramento
  • Oct. 8 - Water Use Efficiency Grade 3 Workshop, Rancho Cucamonga

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Florida Section AWWA is offering an AWWA eLearning course Sept. 30 – Oct. 30. Visit www.fsawwa.org.


The Alliance of Indiana Rural Water is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 21 – GIS Mapping, Scottsburg
  • Oct. 29 – Lift Station Troubleshooting and Pump Service, Indianapolis
  • Nov. 6 – GIS Mapping, Cloverdale
  • Dec. 2 – Meeting Ammonia Limits in Lagoon Systems, Shipshewana

Visit www.inh2o.org.


The Illinois Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 16 – Effective Backflow Programs, Rockford
  • Sept. 24 – Maintaining and Monitoring Water Quality, Morris
  • Sept. 25 – Water Storage Tank Maintenance, Westmont
  • Sept. 25-Nov. 13 – Water Distribution System O&M, Westmont
  • Oct. 2 – Water Operator Exam Refresher Class A and B, Elgin
  • Oct. 9 – Annual Regulatory Update, Elgin
  • Oct. 14 – Telemetry: A Detailed Look at Telemetry, Winnetka

Visit www.isawwa.org.


The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering the following courses:

  • Sept. 11 – Collections Seminar, East Lansing
  • Oct. 29 – Health and Safety, East Lansing
  • Nov. 5 – Process Seminar, East Lansing

Visit www.mi-wea.org.

The Michigan Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 18 – Advanced Cross Connection Seminar, Lansing
  • Sept. 22-24 – Distribution System Short Course, Higgins Lake
  • Oct. 14-16 – Distribution System Short Course, Gull Lake
  • Oct. 14-16 – Limited Treatment Short Course, Gull Lake

Visit www.mi-water.org.


The Nebraska Water Environment Association is offering a Wastewater Training course Oct. 6-8 in Lincoln. Visit www.ne-wea.org.

New York

The New York Water Environment Association is offering the following courses:

  • Oct. 23 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Babylon
  • Oct. 29 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Bath
  • Nov. 5 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Syracuse
  • Nov. 13 – Disinfection Optimization, Chautauqua

Visit www.nywea.org.

The New York Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 30 – Controlling Distribution System Water Quality, Norwich
  • Oct. 7 – Water Meter Design and Maintenance, Utica
  • Oct. 13 – Basic Electrical Power Systems and Communications, Melville
  • Oct. 15 – Dam Safety, Kingston

Visit www.nysawwa.org.


The Ohio Water Environment Association is offering a Watershed Workshop in Columbus Oct. 30. Visit www.ohiowea.org.


The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center is offering the OWPCA Short School in Midwest City Oct. 6-10. Visit www.rose.edu/oklahoma-environmental-training-center.

Accurate Environmental Training is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 17 – General Refresher for W Operators, Tulsa
  • Sept. 17-18 – C Water Operator, Tulsa
  • Sept. 23-25 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa
  • Oct. 13-16 – A/B Water Operator, Stillwater

Visit www.accuratelabs.com.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 16-18 – Valve and Hydrant Maintenance, Gatesville
  • Sept. 16-18 – Utility Safety, Victoria
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Basic Wastewater, Richardson
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Activated Sludge, Longview
  • Oct. 7-9 – Utility Safety, San Marcos
  • Oct. 13-17 – Instructional Design and Evaluation, Austin
  • Oct. 14-16 – Basic Water, Victoria

Visit www.twua.org.


The Intermountain Section AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 18 – Water System Operator Training, Tooele
  • Oct. 9 – Hydraulic Modeling, PUDs, and Managing Water System Growth, online
  • Oct.  9 – GIS Systems: How they can help the operator reach success, online

Visit www.ims-awwa.org.


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education is offering these courses in Milwaukee:

  • Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – Monitoring, Controlling, and Optimizing Operations in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Oct. 1-3 – Energy Optimization in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

Visit www4.uwm.edu/sce/program_area.cfm?id=3881.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 17 – Permit-Required Confined Space Entry, Plover
  • Sept. 25 – Winter Operations, Balsam Lake
  • Sept. 30 – Winter Operations, Plover
  • Oct. 2 – Bloodborne Pathogens/Hazard Communication/Lockout-Tagout, Jackson
  • Oct. 2 – Cross Connection Control Assembly Tester Refresher, Plover
  • Oct. 13-17 – Cross Connection Tester Certification, Plover

Visit www.wrwa.org.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

  • Sept. 23-25 – Key Processes of Wastewater Transport and Control, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 21-23 – Key Processes of Wastewater Transport and Control, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 28-30 – Fundamentals of Modern Wastewater Treatment Process, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 28-30 – Wastewater Treatment Processes and Technologies, Madison

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.  

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