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Fall Trade Show & Training
Our 25th annual Tradeshow and Conference of November 8, 2018, at the Doubletree Center was a great success!
Over 400 water, wastewater, and stormwater professionals, water quality technology and service providers, DPW administrators, staff from nonprofit organizations, and State agency administrators convened to attend training sessions, tour an incredible array of vendor exhibits, eat a delicious lunch, and hear speakers from Vermont and throughout New England.
Our keynote speaker, Vt. Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore, spoke about new regulations and impending challenges facing Vermont's natural waters and water quality infrastructure. The day also featured exceptional displays by 90 exhibitors, six technical trainings, guest speakers, vendor raffles, and lots of networking opportunities.
We were saddened to hear about the untimely death of New England Water Works Association executive director, Steve Ryan, at 54. GMWEA extends its sincerest sympathies to his family, and suggests that members contribute to a fund established for the education of his surviving children, Katherine and Connor. Click here to donate: www.gofundme.com/ryan-family-fund.
2018 Tradeshow Trainings:
Online Resources at OPR (Office of Professional Regulation)
Presenter: Tara Grenier, OPR’s licensing administration supervisor, and Kara Shangraw, OPR’s license administrator for water/wastewater system designers and operators
The Vt. Secretary of State’s OPR maintains a database of all licensed/certified professionals in regulated fields, including water and wastewater operators, available online to prospective employers, contractors, the public, and licensees. This course taught attendees to use the online licensing platform to answer questions and check licensing status, 24/7.
Safe Handling, Storage, and Pumping of Water and Wastewater Chemicals
Presenter: Loren A. Swears, Slack Chemical Technical Applications
This session reviewed everything from safety equipment, materials of construction and storage tanks, pumps/tubing, plumbing, and the chemical compatibility of various materials.
Polymer: An Owner’s Manual
Presenter: Ryan Peebles, New England regional manager, Cleanwaters
This session was designed to educate wastewater and water operators about optimal dosing, safety, and saving money by saving polymer. Topics included polymer composition, dosing equipment, how to identify overdosing as well as under-dosing to increase performance and save money, bench testing, clean up, and maintenance.
Basic Math for Water and Wastewater Operators
Presenter: Matt Guerino, training specialist, VRWA
Math isn’t everyone’s favorite subject, but we all use it in our daily lives. This session allowed attendees to review some basic math skills we all use as operators. A brief review of applied math for operators discussed equations and conversions, including area, volume, psi, cubic feet to gallons, and more.
Updated Boil Water Notice Policy
Trainers: Ben Montross, compliance and support services section chief, Vt. DEC Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, and Patrick Smart, DEC, DWGWP Division
This session covered the recent updates to the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division’s Boil Water Notice policy. The discussion included identifying when a public water system is required to implement a boil water notice, identifying situations and criteria to determine if public health could be impacted due to various events, and detailing what is needed in order to be able to lift a boil water notice.
Working in Confined Spaces
Trainer Raymond Morang, safety, training, and service manager, E.J. Prescott Inc.
Working in confined spaces poses special challenges and safety hazards. This class taught attendees to identify what constitutes a confined space, determine when a confined space requires a permit, and how to use gas detectors and assure fall protection; it covered the known hazards of confined spaces and the duties of employees working in them.