Metro District Water Operators School

Conducted by the Minnesota Section American Water Works Association and the Minnesota Department of Health

The next Metro District School will be Tuesday, March 31 to Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Ramada Mall of America Hotel (formerly the Thunderbird), 2300 American Boulevard East, Bloomington 55425, 952-854-3411.

Participants will receive 16 credit hours for their attendance.

The opening speaker on March 31 will be meteorologist Paul Douglas.

The featured speaker at the April 2 breakfast will be Michael Monroe Kiefer of Powermind Training.

The 2016 Metro School will be at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis from Tuesday, April 5 to Thursday, April 7.

The school is $175 ($210 after March 16).

Registration Form for Water Operator Schools.

Check the MN AWWA Training and Resources page for schools that have on-line registration and payment options. For questions and assistance regarding on-line online and payment, contact Jeanette Boothe, 651-201-4697.

Applications for the certification exam must be received by the Minnesota Department of Health at least 15 days before the exam. To receive an exam application, contact Noel Hansen at 651-201-4690 or Mark Sloan at 651-201-4652.

Download an exam application (PDF: 101KB/4pages)

Contact Jeanette Boothe, 651-201-4697, or Stew Thornley, 651-201-4655, for more information.

Tours will be held Wednesday morning. Attendees can sign up for a tour on Tuesday morning during registration. Some of the tours are limited to a certain number (including the Target Field Water Treatment tour, which is limited to 40). Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis, and the person signing up must be present (no signing up other people who aren't yet there).


Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and sessions begin at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday. The breakfast on Wednesday begins at 7:30 a.m., and the vendor on Thursday begins at 8:30.

(Note: Some of the topics for concurent sessions are still tentative.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Impacts of Climate Change - Meteorologist Paul Douglas

Water in Nicaragua - Ben Finnegan, CH2M Hill

Water for People - Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering

Afternoon Sessions

Distribution Session
Locating Process

Locating – Jeff Dale, Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA)

Right of Way – Mark Ray, City of Golden Valley

Trenching and Confined Space Entry – OSHA


Treatment Session
Water Treatment Plants

3-D ModelingSteve Seibert, AE2S

Cross Connections in Water Treatment Plants – Brian Noma, Minnesota Department of Health

Iron and Manganese in Water Treatment Plants: Evaluation and Optimization

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Frozen Services - Golden Valley and Gregg Randahl, Bloomington

Exam Prep - Class A and B training: John Thom, SEH, Inc., and George Kraynick, Minneapolis Water Works; Class C and D training: Jeff Dale and Kyle Kedrowski, Minnesota Rural Water Association


Off-site Tours:

Target Field Water Treatment


Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Albertville

Burnsville and Apple Valley Water Treatment Plants

Afternoon Sessions

Distribution Session
Corrosion - Jim Dooley

Watermain Lining - Mitch Hoeft, City of Golden Valley

Modeling - AE2S and City of Eden Prairie

Towers - Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering


Treatment Session
Scott Bredehoft, Wonderware Midwest

Emergency vs. Peak – Xcel Energy


Thursday, April 2, 2014

Maintaining Positive Workplace Attitudes with People Reading Skills - Michael Monroe Kiefer

Exhibitor and Product Fair with Mini-sessions

Meter Madness Competition
Taste Test

Certification Exams at 12:30

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Updated Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:11PM