Northwest District Water Operators School

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

The next Northwest District Water Operators School will be Tuesday, October 28 to Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Holiday Inn on the Lake in Detroit Lakes.

The certification exam will be at 1 p.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 28, 2014

7:45 Registration

Exam Prep (all day)


Morning Sessions

Welcome from Mayor Matt Brenk

Water for People

Water in Nicaragua - Ben Finnegan

Asset Management/Trenchless Water Main Replacement Alternatives - Paul Pasko, SEH, Inc.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Regulatory Update and Safe Drinking Water Act 40th Anniversary Video

Afternoon Sessions

Top of the Tower - Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering

Fargo Membrane Water Treatment Plant Model Walkthrough

Safety Issues - Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Operators Breakfast and Business Meeting - Speaker: Kelly Asche, Rural Demographics

Product Show and TopOps


Certification Exam


Hands-on Training at Wastewater Plant, Water Taste Test, Meter Madness

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Park Rapids Water Treatment Plant - Jarrod Christen, Ulteig Engineering, and Scott Burlingame and Brian Hiles, Park Rapids

Freeze-Ups Panel Discussion

Turbidity and Other Issues - Delvin DeBoer, AE2S

Marshall-Polk Rural Water Disinfection Byproducts Issues - Todd Johnson, MDH, and Jason Hillman, Marshall-Polk Rural Water

20 Questions

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Updated Monday, September 08, 2014 at 07:51AM