Southeast District Water Operators School: Environmental Health - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Southeast District Water Operators School

Conducted by the:

March 15-17, 2017 (Wednesday - Friday)
Kahler Apache Hotel, 1517 16th Street SW, Rochester 55902-1075

For guest rooms, call 800-552-7224 or 507-289-8866 and mention Southeast Minnesota Water Works Operators or AWWA for the special rate of $94 + tax per night (call by February 14) or book online: Kahler Apache

16 credit hours for attendance

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 2017 Training

  • Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on March 15
  • 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 15, 2017

Morning Session


  • Water for People/The Water Equation – James Hauth, City of Eagan
  • Guest Speaker: Safe Water SystemBrian Crabtree, Crabtree Scientific
  • Small System ControlsIn Control
  • Chemical Properties and Safe Handling – Mike Clemens, Hawkins Chemical
  • Benefits of Replacing Meters – Mike Fries, Ferguson Waterworks
Afternoon Session
  • Vendor Show
  • Water Taste Test, Hydrant Hoopla
  • Operator Interface with Jeopardy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Morning Session

  • Exam Prep - John Thom, SEH, Inc. (morning and afternoon)


  • Between a Rock and a Wet Place: The Back Story of the Flint Crisis – Rick Wahlen, City of Eden Prairie
  • Lead and Copper Rule Long-Term Revisions and Corrosion Control Treatment – Lih-in Rezania and Anna Schliep, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Water Conservation and Backflow PreventionTodd Osweiler and Elizabeth Kanz, Rochester Public Utilities
  • Consultant-Operator Interaction – Doug Klamerus, Rochester Public Utilities, and Bob Stark, City of Red Wing
Afternoon Session
  • Consultant-Operator Interaction (continued with panel discussion)
  • Chemical Feed – Minnesota Pump Works
  • Safety Procedures – Bob Cooke, Rochester Public Utilities

Friday, March 17, 2017

  • Southeast District Business Meeting – Election of Vice Chair
  • Kellogg Water Tower Project – Gary Giles, City of Kellogg
  • Cross-Connection Basics – Gary McLaren, HydroCorp
  • Offsite: Hand's On Sessions at Minnesota Pipe with a mini-session on automatic flushing systems


  • Certification Exams at Minnesota Department of Health

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Updated Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 09:40AM