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

How Drinking Water Can Affect the Wastewater Discharge – 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

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

Hydrants and Hydrant 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 at Weggy's On Campus and Vikings Training Camp

Agenda for Wednesday, August 5

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

Media and Public RelationsStew Thornley, MDH

Biosolids Treatment Technologies and Considerations – Seth Peterson, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

EDMRs – Tami Dahl, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Wastewater Leaks and Response – Rick Baird, City of Mankato


Bypass/Overflows Spill to Your Systems – Craig Schafer, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Sampling and Lab Procedures – Amy Schreader, UC Lab

Confined Space, Trench Safety, and OSHA Updates – Matt Stein, Stein Safety and Health

Closing, Door Prizes

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Updated Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 03:25PM