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Kelly Zimmer of Rock Springs was elected president of the Wisconsin Wastewater Operators Association. Zimmer manages drinking water and wastewater operations at several facilities in south-central Wisconsin for MSA Professional Services.

Laura Wilson was hired as the utilities director for the City of Midland, Texas.

Josh Willison, a wastewater operator for Alliance Water Resources in Villa Ridge, received the Young Professional of the Year Award from the Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference.

Stephen Sanders was hired as the director and head trainer of the Environmental Training Center at Morrisville State College in New York. He is responsible for daily operations and classroom instruction.

Tom Spain, director of the Water Reclamation Facility in Henderson, received an Exceptional Service Award from the North Carolina American Water Works Association-Water Environment Association.

Rachel Ellis was named executive director and Brian Gresehover was named chairman of the Chesapeake Section, AWWA.

El Paso (Texas) Water Utilities received the Sustainable Water Utility Management Award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

Colorado Springs Utilities won the 2014 WaterSense Partner of the Year  Award from the U.S. EPA for its commitment to water efficiency and efforts to educate Americans about WaterSense during 2013.

Mike Thralls, recently retired Oklahoma Conservation Commission executive director, received the Oklahoma Water Pioneer Award for significant contributions in the planning, development, management and conservation of the state’s water resources.

The Muskogee (Okla.) Water Treatment Plant received a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Thomasville Utilities Water Construction Team received the Lester E. Feathers Damage Prevention Award from the Georgia Utilities Coordinating Council.



The Alabama Rural Water Association is offering a Collection System Rehab Options course Feb. 18 in Jasper. Visit http://alruralwater.com/ceh/index.asp.


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • Feb. 2-4 – Basic Water Treatment, Blytheville
  • Feb. 10 – Basic Water Math, Jonesboro
  • Feb. 11 – Applied Water Math, Jonesboro
  • Feb. 12 – PWS Compliance, Jonesboro
  • Feb. 17-19 – Basic Water Distribution, Blytheville
  • Feb. 24-26 – Intermediate Water Treatment, Lowell

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta/.


The Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association (RMWEA) is offering a Supervisor Certificate Program course Feb. 12 in Parker. Visit www.rmwea.org.


The Florida Water Environment Association Air Quality Committee will hold an Air Quality Workshop Feb. 12 at the Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility in Tallahassee. Contact Larry Hickey at Larry.Hickey@equipmentplusinc.com or visit http://www.fwea.org/air_quality_committee.php.


The Illinois Section of AWWA is offering these following courses:

  • Feb. 2 – Manage for Success: Effective Utility Leadership Practices, Rockford
  • Feb. 5 – Wastewater Microscopy, Libertyville
  • Feb. 10 – Water/Sewer Plans 101, Mt. Prospect

Visit www.isawwa.org.


The Kansas Water Environment Association is offering these courses:

  • Feb. 3-4 – Lift Stations, Pomona
  • Feb. 4 – Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse, Phillipsburg
  • Feb. 6 – Introduction to Water and Wastewater Conveyance, Ulysses
  • Feb. 17-18 – Lift Stations, Arkansas City
  • Feb. 18-19 – Math for Operators, Pittsburg
  • Feb. 20 – Applied Math for Wastewater Operators, Dodge City
  • Feb. 25-26 – Wastewater Collection Systems, Johnson City
  • Feb. 27 – Small Wastewater Systems, Hays

Visit www.kwea.net.

New Jersey

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

  • Feb. 3 – Basic Electrical Print Reading
  • Feb. 5 – Safe Drinking Water Act Regulatory Update
  • Feb. 11 – Introduction to Hydraulics
  • Feb. 25 – Math Refresher for Water and Wastewater Operations
  • Feb. 26-27 – Ladder Logic: Water/Wastewater Electrical Training

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.


Accurate Environmental in Oklahoma is offering these courses:

  • Feb. 3-5 – D Water and Wastewater, Stillwater
  • Feb. 6 – Open Exam Session, Tulsa
  • Feb. 9 – General Refresher for Water Operators, Stillwater
  • Feb. 9-10 – C Water Operator, Stillwater
  • Feb. 11 – General Refresher for Wastewater Operators, Tulsa
  • Feb. 11-12 – C Wastewater Operator, Tulsa
  • Feb. 13 – Open Exam Session, Stillwater
  • Feb. 17-19 – D Water and Wastewater Operator, Tulsa
  • Feb. 23-26 – A/B Wastewater Operator, Stillwater

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering an operators seminar Feb. 3-4 in Lansing. Call 517/641-7377 or visit www.mi-wea.org.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering these following courses:

  • Feb. 3-5 – Far West Texas Regional School, Fort Stockton
  • Feb. 10 – Activated Sludge, Lindale
  • Feb. 17 – Safety, Carrollton

Visit www.twua.org.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering these courses:

  • Feb. 2 – General Wastewater Treatment, Chippewa Falls
  • Feb. 2 – Programmable Logic Controls, Level 1, Milwaukee
  • Feb. 3 – Groundwater Supply and Distribution Certification, Madison
  • Feb. 10 – Phosphorus Removal, Introduction and Advanced, Madison
  • Feb. 17 – Activated Sludge, Introduction and Advanced, Green Bay
  • Feb. 17 – Iron, Zeolite and VOC Certification, West Bend
  • Feb. 23 – General Wastewater Treatment, Madison
  • Feb. 24 – Groundwater Supply and Distribution Certification, Green Bay

Visit www.dnr.wi.gov.

The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering an Instrumentation and Control for Water and Wastewater Processes course Feb. 23-25 in Madison. Visit www.epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education is offering a Sustainable Water Management course Feb. 12 in Milwaukee. Visit www.uwm.edu.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • Feb. 5 – Winter Operations, Horicon
  • Feb. 11 – Sanitary Surveys/Capacity Development, Richland Center
  • Feb. 11 – Sanitary Surveys/Capacity Development, Oconomowoc
  • Feb. 12 – Sanitary Surveys/Capacity Development, Plover

Visit www.wrwa.org.  


Feb. 2-4 - New York Water Environment Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition, New York Marriott Marquis. Call 877/556-9932 or visit www.nywea.org.

Feb. 3-4 - Michigan Section of AWWA/MWEA Joint Expo, Lansing Center. Visit www.mi-water.org.

Feb. 3-5 - 2015 Pacific Water Conference, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu. Visit www.awwa.org.

Feb. 3-5 - AWWA/Hawaii Water Environment Association Annual Joint Conference, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu. Call 808/768-7236 or 808/748-5731.

Feb. 17-19 - Illinois Rural Water Association Annual Technical Conference, Effingham. Visit www.ilrwa.org.

Feb. 17-20 - American Water Works Association (AWWA) 2015 Utility Management Conference, Austin, Texas. Visit www.awwa.org.

Feb. 17-20 - AWWA/WEF 2015 Utility Management Conference, Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas. Visit www.wef.org/conferences.

Feb. 23-25 - Illinois Water Environment Association Annual Conference and Exposition, iHotel & Conference Center, Champaign. Call 630/391-2169 or visit www.iweasite.org.

Feb. 23-26 - Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. Call 800/257-7222 or visit www.wwett.com.

Feb. 23-27 - Rural Water Association of Utah Annual Conference, Dixie Center, St. George. Call 801/756-5123.


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