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Pennsylvania American Water’s Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant received the elite Phase IV Presidents Award recognition under the Partnership for Safe Water.

The Huntsville (Pa.) Water Treatment Plant was recognized for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for five years under the Partnership for Safe Water.

The American Water Military Services Group was recognized with a Phase III Directors Award for Distribution System Optimization under the Partnership for Safe Water for the distribution systems it manages for two Air Force bases.

The City of West Sacramento, Calif., renamed its water plant as the George Kristoff Water Treatment Plant, in honor of an activist who fought to replace an unpopular private water provider with a public water system in the 1980s.

Jim Shears and Dave Underwood of the Three Rivers (Mich.) Wastewater Treatment Plant were recognized by the City Commission for passing their Wastewater Operator B certification exams.

The Gresham (Ore.) Wastewater Treatment Plant received a 2014 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award for cities with less than 100,000 population. The plant once was the city’s largest electricity user but now produces all its electricity with a cogenerator, a solar array and a fats, oils and grease receiving station.

Matthew Peleschak, project manager in Larson Design Group’s water/wastewater department, received the Golden Manhole Society Award from the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association.

The West Side Wastewater Treatment Plant serving the Kentucky cities of Madisonville, Hanson and Earlington, received its ninth straight Governor’s Safety and Health Award.

Deepika Kurup of Nashua, N.H., won the 2014 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize for his project, “A Novel Photocatalytic Pervious Composite for Degrading Organics and Inactivating Bacteria in Wastewater.”

Kenny Gibbar, foreman and head operator at the Jackson Wastewater Treatment Facility, received the Wastewater Operator of the Year Award at the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference.

The Arkansas Water Environment Association announced award recipients:

  • Larry Collins, City Corporation (Russellville), Wastewater Manager of the Year
  • Blake Jackson, Little Rock Wastewater, Young Professional of the Year
  • Fayetteville Wastewater, Safety Award for cities with more than 20,000 population
  • David Dean, Pine Bluff Wastewater, Collection Systems Award

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AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 2-23 – ArcGIS: Introductory Training, New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Oct. 6-25 – High-Tech Operator Course 2, online
  • Oct. 8 – Disinfection Byproducts – State of the Science and Implications, online
  • Oct. 15-17 – 10th WATER Technologies Short Course, College Station, Texas

Visit www.awwa.org.


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

  • Oct. 8-9 – Pumps & Pump Systems: Specifications, Installation and Operation, Anchorage
  • Oct. 20-24 – Introduction to Small Water Systems, Fairbanks
  • Oct. 22-23 – AWWMA SE Alaska Training Conference, Sitka
  • Oct. 27-30 – ARWA 16th Annual Training Conference, Anchorage

Visit www.dec.alaska.gov.


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 1-15 – Intermediate Water Treatment, online
  • Oct. 14 – Basic Water Math, Russellville
  • Oct. 15 – Applied Water Math, Russellville
  • Oct. 16-31 – Intermediate Water Distribution, online
  • Oct. 16 – PWS Compliance, Russellville
  • Oct. 21-23 – Intermediate Water Treatment, Maumelle

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta/schedule.aspx.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering an Advanced Water course in West Fork Oct. 21-23. Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.


The California-Nevada Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • 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
  • Oct. 20 – EXH-AFC14, Reno

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.

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


The Florida Section of AWWA is offering an AWWA eLearning course online on Oct. 31. Visit www.fsawwa.org.

The Florida Water Environment Association is offering a Biosolids Management course Oct. 17 in Fort Myers. Visit www.fwea.org.


The Illinois Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 2 – Water Operator Exam Refresher for Class A and B, Elgin
  • Oct. 9 – Annual Regulatory Update, Elgin
  • Oct. 14 – Telemetry: A Detailed Look at Telemetry, Winnetka
  • Oct. 16 – Telemetry: A Detailed Look at Telemetry, Moline
  • Oct. 20-21 – High Tech Operator Course 3, Chicago
  • Oct. 27 – Fluorine, Fluoridation and Fluoride Measurement Methods, online

Visit www.isawwa.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

Visit www.inh2o.org.


The Michigan Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 14-16 – Distribution System Short Course, Gull Lake
  • Oct. 14-16 – Limited Treatment Short Course, Gull Lake

Visit www.mi-water.org.

The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering a Health and Safety seminar Oct. 29 in East Lansing. Visit www.mi-wea.org.


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

New Jersey

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 17 – Discharge Monitoring Reports, Bordentown
  • Oct. 28 – Water Sampling and Laboratory Procedures, Dover

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.

New York

The New York Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 7 – Water Meter Design and Maintenance, Utica
  • Oct. 13 – Basic Electrical Power Systems and Communications, Melville
  • Oct. 15 – Dam Safety, Kingston
  • Oct. 21 – Water Well Rehab and Maintenance, Lyons
  • Oct. 29 – Basic Laboratory Skills, Rochester

Visit www.nysawwa.org.

The New York Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 23 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Babylon
  • Oct. 29 – Solids Handling and Dewatering, Bath

Visit www.nywea.org.


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


Rose State College is offering these courses in Midwest City:

  • Oct. 17 – Disinfectant Byproducts Control
  • Oct. 20-23 – A/B Water Operator
  • Oct. 24 – OSHA 8 Hour Hazwoper Refresher
  • Oct. 27-28 – D-Water Operator
  • Oct. 29-30 – D-Wastewater Operator

Visit www.rose.edu/oklahoma-environmental-training-center.

Accurate Environmental is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 13-16 – A/B Water Operator, Stillwater
  • Oct. 20-23 – C Water Laboratory, Stillwater
  • Oct. 21-23 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa

Visit www.accuratelabs.com.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 7-9 – Utility Safety, San Marcos
  • Oct. 13-17 – Instructional Design and Evaluation, Austin
  • Oct. 14-16 – Basic Water, Victoria
  • Oct. 21-23 – Wastewater Lab, Gatesville
  • Oct. 28-30 – Valve and Hydrant Maintenance, Longview

Visit www.twua.org.


The Intermountain Section of AWWA is offering these online courses:

  • Oct. 9 – Hydraulic Modeling, PUDs, and Managing Water System Growth
  • Oct. 9 – GIS Systems: How They Can Help the Operator Reach Success

Visit www.ims-awwa.org.


The University of Wisconsin- Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering these courses in Madison:

  • Oct. 27-31 – Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention
  • Oct. 31 – ASSE Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Exam

Visit www.epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

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 Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Oct. 1-3 – Energy Optimization in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Oct. 23 – Native Landscape Design for Stormwater
  • Oct. 24 – Water Harvesting Systems and Application

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

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • 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
  • Oct. 22 – Excavation Competent Person Safety, Oconto Falls

Visit www.wrwa.org.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

  • Oct. 7-9 – Water Industry Professional Prep, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 14 – Surface Water Certification, West Bend
  • Oct. 14-16 – Safe and Efficient Fresh Water Transport and Distribution, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 16 – Regional Utility Management Training, Dodgeville
  • Oct. 17 – Water Purification Processes in Modern Water Works, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 21-23 – Key Processes of Wastewater Transport and Control, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 22-23 – Iron, Zeolite and VOC Certification, West Bend
  • Oct. 22 – Excavation Competent Person Safety, Oconto Falls
  • Oct. 28-30 – Fundamentals of Modern Wastewater Treatment Process, Milwaukee
  • Oct. 29-30 – Iron, Zeolite and VOC Certification, Chippewa Falls

Visit http://dnr.wi.gov.

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