Northwest District Water Operators School

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October 2015

The next Northwest District School will be held October 27-29 at the Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive Northeast, Bemidji, Minnesota  56601, 218-441-4000

More details will be posted when they are available.

  • 16 credit hours for attendance

    Registration Details


    • Lodging is available at the adjacent Country Inn & Suites, which is holding a block of guest rooms at the special price of $109 plus tax per night. Call 218-441-4800 or 800-830-5222 and mention American Water Works Association or AWWA to get the special rate.

The certification exam will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 29.

Exam applications must be submitted 15 days prior to the test (October 14).

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

The Northwest District is now planning to hold its three-day school in late October every year and alternate between Detroit Lakes and Bemidji. Schools in even-numbered years will be in Detroit Lakes, and schools in odd-numbered years will be in Bemidji.

Participants will receive 16 credit hours for their attendance.

Registration Form for Water Operator Schools

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

7:45 Registration

Exam Prep - John Thom (all day)


Morning Sessions

Welcome from Mayor

Water for People - Chad Troitte, East Grand Forks Water & Light

Detroit Lakes Children's Water Festival - Erin Ryding, City of Detroit Lakes

What's in the Groundwater and How Did it Get There? - Delvin DeBoaer, AE2S

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Regulatory Update - David Rindal and Bonnie Shafer, MDH

Afternoon Sessions

Virus Study - Lih-in Rezania, MDH

Top of the Tower - Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering

What's in Your Pint? The Importance of Water Quality in Your Favorite Beverage - Scott Schaefer, AE2S

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Operators Breakfast and Business Meeting

Speaker - Gary Barnard, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries

Certification Exams


Product Show and TopOps


Certification Exam


Hands-on Training at Bemidji Public Works Building, Water Taste Test, Hydrant Hysteria

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Safety - Joe Schmidt, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

Watermain Breaks Panel Discussion - Cities of Fergus Falls, East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, and Moorhead

Phosphates in Drinking Water - Dean Sletten, Moore Engineering

Filter Optimization and Chemical Optimization - Matt Fritze, Great Northern Environmental, and T. J. Stroebl, Tonka Filter

20 Questions - Todd Johnson, MDH

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Updated Wednesday, September 09, 2015 at 10:14AM