Southwest District Water Operators School

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

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Tuesday-Wednesday, August 4-5, 2015
AmericInn Hotel and Conference Center

The Southwest District will host a Utility Operator Training Camp in conjunction with the Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The first day, August 4, will be devoted to water and the second day, August 5, to wastewater.

Participants will receive 6 credit hours for either day and 12 hours for both days.

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


Eric Roos: or 507-372-8680

Agenda for Tuesday, August 4

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 8:00

Water for PeopleDick Wetzel

Leak Monitoring/Leak DetectionTony Talamantez, City of Mankato

Mankato Water Treatment Facility Upgrades – Kris Swanson, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

New TechnologiesSteve McCuskey, HACH

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

Lunch with AWWA Business Meeting, Meter Madness, Hydrant Hysteria Demonstration

Safety Topic

Public Employee Retirement Association Benefits (PERA) – Blaine Jewison, PERA

Hydrants and Maintenance – Ron McCabe, Minnesota Pipe

Communicating with the Public – Stew Thornley, MDH

Workplace Safety – Michelle Smith, OSHA

Closing, Door Prizes, Water for People Raffle

After Hours: Happy Hour Hospitality Room and Vikings Training Camp

Agenda for Wednesday, August 5

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 8:00

Social Media and Public RelationsStew Thornley, MDH

EDMRs – Tami Dahl, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

MSDS Change to Globally Harmonized System

Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association Panel

Lunch with Minnesota Wastewater Operators Association Business Meeting

Mankato Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrades – Kris Swanson, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Televising and Inspecting

Sampling and Lab Procedures – Amy Schreader, UC Lab

Safety Topic

Closing, Door Prizes

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Updated Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 06:54AM