Central District Water Operators School

Conducted by the Minnesota Section American Water Works Association in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Health

June 10-12, 2015 (Wednesday-Friday)
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Lane
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

16 credit hours for attendance

Registration Details

  • Fee: $75 if staying at Arrowwood ($85 after May 26); $150 if not staying at Arrowwood ($160 after May 26).
  • One-day prices: $60 for Wednesday and/or Thursday; $40 for Friday.
  • Register and pay on-line:
    MN AWWA Store
  • Optional - print form, fill out, and send in:
    Registration Form for Water Operator Schools
Questions or assistance with online registration and payment, contact:

Jeanette Boothe: jeanette.boothe@state.mn.us or 651-201-4697.

Certification Exam

Applications for the certification exam must be received by the Minnesota Department of Health at least 15 days before the exam. Download the exam application below: Or contact one of these MDH Drinking Water Protection staff:

Noel Hansen: noel.hansen@state.mn.us or 651-201-4690
Mark Sloan: mark.sloan@state.mn.us or 651-201-4652


Jeanette Boothe: jeanette.boothe@state.mn.us or 651-201-4697
Stew Thornley: stew.thornley@state.mn.us or 651-201-4655

The Central District will hold a one-day school at St. John's University in Collegeville, Wednesday, October 21.

In 2016, the Central District will hold a joint school with the Northwest District from June 22-24 at Arrowwood Resort.

Agenda for 2015 Training

  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10
  • Wednesday sessions begin at 8:45 a.m.
  • Thursday sessions begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday sessions begin at 8:00 a.m.

Note: In place of the other sessions, an all-day exam prep will be held on Thursday.

Utilities are invited to bring a gallon of their water (room temperature) for the Best of Glass competition, which will be held on Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Morning Session

  • Local History – Rick Rosenfield, Douglas County Historical Society
  • All Things Water Towers – Dewey Prinzing, KLM Engineering
  • Chemical Safety – Mike Clemens, Hawkins, Inc.
Afternoon Session
  • Cross Connection Control Program Gary McLaren, Hydro Corporation
  • What’s in Your Pint? The Importance of Water Quality in Your Favorite Beverage – Scott Schaefer, AE2S
  • Arrowwood Water Park Tour

Thursday, June 11, 2015

An exam prep will be held all day Thursday, conducted by John Thom..

Morning Session

  • Wells: It's about SlimeDwayne Heinen, City of Little Falls
  • Feasibility Study for White Bear LakeChris Larsen, SEH, Inc.
  • MDH Goes Viral – Lih-in Rezania, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Legislative Updates – Craig Johnson, League of Minnesota Cities
  • Water for PeopleKim Larsen, District Chair

Central District Business Meeting prior to lunch

Afternoon Session

  • 20 QuestionsMark Sloan, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Meter Madness and Hydrant HysteriaKirk Peterson, HD Supply; and Rick Myskewitz, American Flow Control
  • Operator Networking


Awards Dinner and Activities

Friday, June 12, 2015

Morning Session

  • New Plant Startups, including Paynesville Goes to RehabRyan Kotta, Bolton & Menk, and Ron Mergen, City of Paynesville; also Alexandria Light & Power Water Treatment Plant Expansion and Optimization – Richard Wagner, AE2S
  • Minnesota Department of Health UpdateDavid Rindal, MDH
  • Closing Remarks


  • Certification Exams

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Updated Friday, May 08, 2015 at 01:26PM