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Rick Cantu, superintendent of the Manchester (New Hampshire) Wastewater Treatment Plant, received the 2014 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA.

The City of Prescott received the 2014 Clean Water Project of the Year award from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona for the Airport Water Reclamation Facility Expansion. The city can now produce more Class A+ reclaimed water.

The CH2M HILL-operated Key West Richard A. Heyman Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s 2014 Plant Operations Excellence Award.

Jeff Leffel accepted a position as an apprentice plant operator at the Greenfield (Indiana) Wastewater Plant.

Derek Albertson was named operations supervisor for the Town of Groton (Connecticut) Water Pollution Control Facility.

Dennis Holtz, wastewater superintendent for New Richmond, Wisconsin, retired last February. He spent 14-plus years with New Richmond and devoted his entire career to wastewater treatment.

Guy Gladwin, an inmate at Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda, Florida, became a dual state-licensed operator. He is qualified to rebuild lift station pumps and troubleshoot mechanical and electrical issues on wastewater and water plants.

These sites received 2014 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Awards from the U.S. EPA:

  • Medfield (Massachusetts) Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • New Shoreham (Rhode Island) Water and Sewer Commission
  • East Providence (Rhode Island) Water Pollution Control Plant
  • Hampton (New Hampshire) Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Penacook (New Hampshire) Wastewater Treatment Plant

These sites received 2014 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Awards from the U.S. EPA:

  • Attleboro (Massachusetts) Water Pollution Control Facility
  • Newport (Rhode Island) Water Pollution Control Plant
  • East Providence (Rhode Island) Water Pollution Control Plant
  • Hanover (New Hampshire) Water Reclamation Facility

The Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority water system won the 2014 New Mexico Best Tasting Rural Water award for its Encinal Spring water sample in a contest sponsored by the New Mexico Rural Water Association and the Bohannan Huston civil engineering firm.

Lance Webb, manager of the Natchez (Mississippi) Water Works, received the 2014 Operator of the Year award from the Alabama-Mississippi Section of AWWA. The award coincides with the period in which the Mississippi Rural Water Association recognized the plant as having the best water in the state.

The Village of Van Etten received the 2015 Water System of the Year award from the New York Rural Water Association.

Missouri American Water was a finalist for the St. Louis Regional Chamber’s Ameren Corporate Citizenship Award, recognizing the company’s AmerICANs volunteerism program in which employees volunteer for causes with a focus on improving the water environment.

Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of innovation and environmental stewardship with American Water, received the AWWA’s 2015 A.P. Black Research Award for outstanding research contributions to water science and water supply.

The Hendersonville Utility District Water Treatment Plant received a grand award in the water resources category in the 2015 Engineering Excellence awards competition presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.



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

  • June 1-2 – PLCs for Non-Programmers, Anchorage
  • June 1-4 – PLC Workshop: From Introduction to Application, Anchorage
  • June 3-4 – PLC Programming, Anchorage
  • June 24-26 – Arc Flash Electrical Safety NFPA 70E with Skills and Certification, Anchorage

Visit www.dec.alaska.gov


The Arkansas Environmental Training Academy is offering these courses:

  • June 1-5 – Water Supply Protection Specialist, Lafayette
  • June 2 – Basic Water Math, Fayetteville
  • June 2 – WSPS Refresher, Lafayette
  • June 3 – Applied Water Math, Fayetteville
  • June 4 – PWS Compliance, Fayetteville
  • June 8-12 – Backflow Assembly Tester, Camden
  • June 9 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Camden
  • June 9-11 – Intermediate Water Treatment, Camden
  • June 16-18 – Advanced Water Treatment, North Little Rock
  • June 23-25 – Backflow Assembly Repair (Large Series), Camden
  • June 24 – Backflow Assembly Tester Recertification, Camden
  • June 29-July 1 – Basic Water Distribution, Camden

Visit www.sautech.edu/aeta.

The Arkansas Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • June 3-4 – Exam Review, Lonoke
  • June 9-11 – Basic Treatment Class, Mt. Home
  • June 17-18 – Water License Renewal Class, Piggott

Visit www.arkansasruralwater.org.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Water and Waste Association is offering a Hydrotechnical Design of Tunnels Seminar on June 16-17 in Vancouver. Visit www.bcwwa.org.


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

  • June 1 – Water Use Efficiency Grade I Workshop, Sun Valley, Nevada
  • June 3 – Water Use Efficiency Grade 2 Workshop, Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • June 9 – Backflow Exam, Watsonville, California
  • June 12 – Backflow Refresher, West Sacramento, California
  • June 13 – Backflow Exam, West Sacramento
  • June 15 – Introduction Water Distribution Course, Rancho Cucamonga
  • June 22 – Backflow Tester Course, Rancho Cucamonga
  • June 26 – Backflow Exam, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • June 27 – Backflow Exam, Rancho Cucamonga
  • June 27 – Backflow Exam, Santa Rosa, California
  • June 27 – Backflow Exam, Sunnyvale, California

Visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.


The Intermountain Section of AWWA is offering a Small System Operator Training to Achieve/Maintain Compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act June 17 in Pocatello. Visit www.ims-awwa.org.


The Illinois Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • June 2 – Distribution System O&M – Hydrants, Valves, Water Service Lines, Mt. Prospect
  • June 10 – Backflow Codes, Installation and Repair, Elgin
  • June 16 – Effective Backflow Programs, Benton
  • June 17 – Water Loss Audit Seminar, St. Charles
  • June 18 – Water Loss Audit Seminar, Rockford
  • June 18 – Generators: Increasing Reliability Through Proper Maintenance, St. Charles
  • June 22 – Putting a Charge in the Coagulation Process Webinar, online

Visit www.isawwa.org.

The Illinois Section of the Central States Water Environment Association is offering a Collection Systems seminar on June 18 in Aurora. Visit www.cswea.org.

The Environmental Resources Training Center at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville is offering these courses:

  • June 2-5 – Cross Connection Control, DeKalb
  • June 17 – Backflow Testing Update, Joliet
  • June 17-18 – Class 3 Wastewater Operations, DuQuoin

Visit www.siue.edu.


The Michigan Water Environment Association is offering a Fundamentals of Activated Sludge II course June 4 in Manistee. Visit www.mi-wea.org.

The Michigan Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • June 2 – Michigan Water Security Summit, Bath
  • June 3-4 – Ground Water Conference, East Lansing

Visit www.mi-water.org.

New Jersey

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

  • June 2 – Alternative Energy for Water and Wastewater Operations, New Brunswick
  • June 4 – Human Error Reduction Training, New Brunswick
  • June 11-12 – Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management, New Brunswick
  • June 16 – Rigging and Hoisting Safety, New Brunswick
  • June 16 – Study and Exam Skills for Licensing and Professional Certification Testing, New Brunswick
  • June 23 – Water Sampling and Laboratory Procedures, Dover
  • June 23 – Discharge Monitoring Reports, New Brunswick

Visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu.

New York

The New York Section of AWWA is offering these courses:

  • June 1 – Basic Laboratory Skills, Troy
  • June 2 – Fundamentals of Occupational Chemical Exposure, Utica
  • June 2 – Dam Safety, Ballston
  • June 3 – Basic Laboratory Skills, Owego
  • June 5 – Basic Laboratory Skills, Canastota
  • June 24 – Emergency Planning and Water System Security, Melville
  • June 24 – Guidance in Meeting the Revised Total Coliform Rule/Harmful Algae/UCMR, Troy

Visit www.nysawwa.org.

The New York Water Environment Association is offering a Blower Technologies, Selection and Energy Evaluation seminar on June 17 in Monticello. Visit www.nywea.org.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Section of AWWA-WEA is offering these courses in Morganton:

  • June 15 – Western Maintenance Technologist School and Exam
  • June 15 – Western Biological Wastewater Operators School

Visit www.ncsafewater.org.


The Oklahoma Environmental Training Center in Midwest City is offering these courses:

  • June 8 – Renewal Training
  • June 8 – OSHA Eight-Hour Refresher HAZWOPER
  • June 12 – Renewal Training
  • June 15 – Renewal Training
  • June 26 – Renewal Training
  • June 29 – Renewal Training

Visit www.rose.edu.

Accurate Environmental in Oklahoma is offering these courses:

  • June 2 – Biological Processes, Tulsa
  • June 4 – Operator Math, Stillwater
  • June 9 – Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Tulsa
  • June 11 – DW Sampling/WW Sampling, Stillwater
  • June 16 – Operator Math, Tulsa
  • June 18 – Biological Processes, Stillwater
  • June 23 – WW Sampling/DW Sampling, Tulsa
  • June 25  – Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Stillwater

Visit www.accuratelabs.com/classschedule.php.


The Texas Water Utilities Association is offering an Effective Instructional Techniques course June 8-12 in Austin. Visit www.twua.org.


The University of Wisconsin Department of Engineering Professional Development is offering a Fundamentals of Drinking Water Treatment course June 15-17 in Madison. Visit www.epdweb.engr.wisc.edu.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is offering these courses:

  • June 9 – Sanitary Surveys/Capacity Development, Clintonville
  • June 9 – Small Water System Operator Basics, Clintonville
  • June 11 – Sanitary Surveys/Capacity Development, West Salem
  • June 11 – Winter Operations, West Salem
  • June 16-18 – Cross Connection Control Surveying, Plover

Visit www.wrwa.org.

The Wisconsin Section of the Central States Water Environment Association is offering a Collection Systems seminar on June 4 in Watertown. Visit www.cswea.org.   


May 31-June 3 - Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Annual Technical Conference, Lancaster County Convention Center. Visit www.pwea.org.

June 1-3 - New York Water Environment Association Spring Technical Conference and Exhibition, The Sagamore Hotel, Bolton Landing. Visit www.nywea.org.

June 2-3 - The Water Expo, Spring Edition, Miami (Florida) Airport Convention Center. Visit www.thewaterexpo.com.

June 4 - Illinois Section of AWWA T-CON: Midwest Water & Wastewater Technology Conference, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois. Visit www.isawwa.org.

June 7-10 - AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, Anaheim (California) Convention Center. Visit www.awwa.org.

June 7-10 - New England Water Environment Association Spring Meeting and Exhibit, Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Visit springmeeting.newea.org.

June 7-10 - Water Environment Federation/International Water Association Residuals and Biosolids Conference 2015: The Next Generation of Science, Technology and Management, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Call 703/684-2441 or visit www.wef.org.

June 21-24 - Michigan Water Environment Association Annual Conference, Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls. Visit www.mi-wea.org.

June 22-25 - Ohio Water Environment Association Technical Conference and Exhibition, Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Sandusky. Visit www.ohiowea.org.


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