Southeast District Water Operators School

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The Southeast District will hold its spring operators school at the Kahler Apache Hotel in Rochester March 9-11, 2016.

16 credit hours will be awarded for attendance.

Kahler Apache Hotel
(formerly the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center)
1517 16th Street SW
Rochester, Minnesota 55902
Phone: 800-552-7224 or 507-289-8866
Call for room reservations and mention Southeast Minnesota Water Works or AWWA to get the special rate of $96 plus tax per night. Call by February 9.

Registration Details

Questions or assistance with online registration and payment, contact:

Jeanette Boothe: 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: or 651-201-4690
Mark Sloan: or 651-201-4652

Agenda for 2016 Training

  • Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on March 11
  • Wednesday breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Thursday sessions begin at 7:45 a.m.
  • Friday sessions begin at 8:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Morning Session


  • Water for People – James Hauth, City of Eagan
  • Guest Speaker: Michael Monroe Keifer
  • Groundwater Sustainabiilty – Todd Osweiler, Rochester Public Utilities
  • Continued Evolution of the Trace Wire Specification and Locating Technologies – Joe Rubbelke, Minnesota Pump Works, and Jeff Dale, Minnesota Rural Water Association
Afternoon Session
  • Vendor Show
  • Water Taste Test, Hydrant Hoopla
  • Operator Interface with Jeopardy

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Morning Session

  • Exam Prep - Jeff Dale and Kyle Kedrowski, Minnesota Rural Water Association (morning and afternoon)


  • Eradicating Turkey Vultures from Towers – Rochester Pubic Utilities
  • Drones and Towers – Shawn Mulhern, KLM Engineering
  • Contaminant Coatings
  • Smart Dosing Chemical Feed Technology – Joe Rubbelke, Minnesota Pump Works
Afternoon Session
  • Closing the Gap – Jon Groethe, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
  • Cybersecurity – Rick Wahlen, City of Eden Prairie, and James Keltgen, Owatonna Public Utilities
  • Utility Safety – Mark Hottle, Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association

Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Southeast District Business Meeting – Election of Vice Chair
  • Minnesota Department of Health Update – Bonnie Shafer and David Rindal, MDH
  • Water Loss and Conservation – Corey Luft, HD Supply
  • Offsite: Hand's On Sessions at Minnesota Pipe


  • Certification Exams at Minnesota Department of Health

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Updated Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 02:47PM