Central District Water Operators School

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

June 22-24, 2016 (Wednesday-Friday)
Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center
2100 Arrowwood Lane
Alexandria, Minnesota 56308

16 credit hours for attendance

Registration Details

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 also hold a one-day school at St. John's University in Collegeville, Wednesday, October 21.


  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22
  • Wednesday sessions begin at 8:45 a.m.
  • Thursday sessions begin at 8:00 a.m.
  • Friday sessions begin at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Morning Session

  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Water Supply Plans
  • Drones and Towers – Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering
  • Operations Works – Jason Sanden, AE2S
Afternoon Session
  • Transition to the New Uniform Plumbing Code Cathy Tran, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Valves and Distribution
  • Chemical Feeds/Phosphate Addition – Joe Schmidt, Hawkins Inc.
  • Unidirectional FlushingJeff Campbell and John Aide, Eden Prairie

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Morning Session

  • Close the Gap: Security and Emergency Response – Jon Groethe, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
  • Watermain Leak Locator Tony Schrantz, Water Conservation Services
  • Lead and Copper – Anna Schliep, MDH
  • Meter Sizing – Kirk Peterson, HD Supply
  • Water for People

Central District Business Meeting prior to lunch

Afternoon Session

  • 20 Questions
  • Hydrant Hysteria
  • Operator Networking


Awards Dinner and Activities

Friday, June 24, 2016

Morning Session

  • Effective Customer CommunicationStew Thornley, MDH
  • Ortonville Plate SettlersJohn Thom, SEH, Inc.
  • Benefits of Tank MixingMichael Christensen, SolarBee
  • More MDH RevelationsDavid Rindal, MDH
  • Closing Remarks


  • Certification Exams

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Updated Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 01:24PM