Virginia Tech and Virginia Deparatment of Health Present Water and Wastewater Training Courses
Virginia Tech and Virginia Deparatment of Health Present Water and Wastewater Training Courses

Continuing and Professional Education Water Quality Workshops for Water Utility Owners, Managers and Operators

Monthly Broadcasts - Various Locations in Virginia

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BROADCAST WORKSHOPS

Upcoming Broadcasts

February 21, 2018
Efficient Energy Use in Drinking Water Production Processes
Description & Registration

March 21, 2018
Leak Detection: Principles and Practice
Description & Registration

April 18, 2018
Performance, Sustainability, and Resiliency of Water Infrastructure Systems
Description & Registration

May 16, 2018
Public Health, Consumer Confidence, and Drinking Water
Description & Registration

June 20, 2018
Microbes in Pipes: What You need to Know
Description & Registration

July 18, 2018
The Fundamentals of Coagulation and Softening Processes Used in Potable Water Treatment
Description & Registration

September 19, 2018
Integrating Effective Iron and Manganese Control Techniques Into Water Treatment Plant Operations
Description & Registration

October 17, 2018
Lead in Drinking Water: Issues and Mitigation Strategies -
Description & Registration

November 14, 2018
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February 21, 2018
Efficient Energy Use in Drinking Water Production Processes

Course Description

Reliably producing and supplying quality drinking water to customers requires a great deal of electrical energy. The problems of tightening budgets and climate change have made energy management at drinking water production facilities one of the most important issues facing process operators today. Energy management is also critical to efforts to create and operate sustainable water production systems. In this course we will systematically examine energy use at drinking water production facilities and examine procedures for identifying, implementing, and measuring energy reduction technologies and methods.

About the Instructor

Dr. Steven Cox is a Research Associate in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Cox earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2001 from Virginia Tech where is has taught courses in environmental engineering, sustainable engineering, and water treatment for more than a decade. Dr. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech, is a registered professional engineer, and a licensed contractor with more than 30 years of process design experience.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

March 21, 2018
Leak Detection: Principles and Practice

Course Description

Most utilities experience water leaks, and many of those utilities have active leak detection programs. There continues to be, however, a surprisingly large number of water systems that keep leak detection on the back burner. This session will discuss some of the hows and whys that are related to leak detection -

About the Instructor

Andy Crocker is the Virginia State Manager for the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) in Roanoke, VA. SERCAP, part of the National RCAP organization, provides training and technical assistance to rural water & wastewater systems from Delaware to Florida and provides grant and loan funding to eligible rural water & wastewater systems in Virginia. A Class I Water Operator, Andy has been an operator for four municipal water systems and one small well system. He has extensive leak detection experience, first as a Circuit Rider for the Virginia Rural Water Association (VRWA), then as the Water Products Specialist for Metrotech Corporation and finally as the special projects/leak detection specialist for the Giles County PSA. Andy has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education) from Virginia Tech and has provided many hours of on-site training and technical assistance to small and mid-sized utilities around the commonwealth. He is a regular instructor for a number of the VDH & VA Tech-sponsored short courses.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

April 18, 2018
Performance, Sustainability, and Resiliency of Water Infrastructure Systems

Course Description

Critical water sector infrastructure systems face a multitude of hazards that must be identified, assessed, communicated, and managed appropriately. Recent natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, droughts, fires, and earthquakes, all serve as reminders that aging infrastructure is not the only threat to our most precious water resources. In these challenging times, water sector utilities must focus on maximizing the value of their water infrastructure investments while also mitigating risk to human health and safety.

About the Instructor

Dr. Sunil Sinha is a tenured professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is also director of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management Center (SWIM) Center. Dr. Sinha's research, teaching, and consulting are in the areas of infrastructure management, sustainability, pattern recognition, sensor informatics, and resilience, especially water systems. He has a total of seven years of practical experience in the infrastructure industry. Dr. Sinha serves as Vice-chair of NIST Community Resilience Panel for Water and Wastewater Systems Sector, and Chair of ASCE Utility Infrastructure Asset Management Division.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

May 16, 2018
Public Health, Consumer Confidence, and Drinking Water

Course Description

The presentation will integrate current topics in drinking water that relate to water quality at the tap and consumer perception of their drinking water quality.

About the Instructor

Dr. Andrea M. Dietrich is Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech and Co-director of VT’s Water INTERface Interdisciplinary Program. She is past-Chair of the International Water Association’s Specialist Group on Tastes, Odours, and Algal Toxins in Drinking Water Resources and Aquaculture and of the AWWA Taste and Odor Committee. Her interests are water quality; public health; sensory analysis of water; fate and transport of organic and inorganic chemicals.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

June 20, 2018
Microbes in Pipes: What You need to Know

Course Description

This session will focus on key ins and outs of microbes in drinking water: who they are, where they come from, what they are doing, and how water system design and operation shapes entire ecosystems of microbes in distribution systems and premise (i.e., building) plumbing. We will examine some exemplars of how changes in water supply and demand and design practice may be influencing the microbes in your tap water, for better or for worse. We will cover several case studies, emphasizing the differences between fecal pathogens, opportunistic pathogens (e.g., Legionella), and "normal" flora.

About the Instructor

Dr. Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her primary expertise is in applied microbial ecology, i.e., applying next generation DNA-based tools towards understanding and harnessing the microbes in water systems. She is the recipient of the Paul L. Busch Award and the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering for her work on antibiotic resistance as an environmental "contaminant" and most recently is exploring occurrence of antibiotic resistance in recycled water systems.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

July 18, 2018
The Fundamentals of Coagulation and Softening Processes Used in Potable Water Treatment

Course Description

This course will review the fundamentals of coagulation and softening treatments commonly used in potable water production. There will be an emphasis to understand the fundamental science and chemistry that drives these treatment processes. Operational and design calculations will be considered. Bring a calculator because example problems will be reviewed.

About the Instructor

Dr. Paolo Scardina has over 19 years of experience working in the water industry. He has collaborated with many municipalities to investigate a variety of issues through field and laboratory evaluations. He currently works as an instructional professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Virginia Tech.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

September 19, 2018
Integrating Effective Iron and Manganese Control Techniques Into Water Treatment Plant Operations

Course Description

Water utility personnel often cite complaints related to water discoloration from elevated iron and manganese concentrations as one of the major challenges they face in providing aesthetically pleasing water to their consumers. Over the past few decades regulatory changes related to disinfection byproducts and their associated precursors have often made it more challenging to integrate iron and manganese control strategies into new treatment processes and plant operations. The September 19th, 2018, lecture will review all key aspects of iron and manganese control, including: (a) source water monitoring and control strategies, (b) in-plant sources of each metal contaminant; (c) comparative evaluation of both chemical oxidants and microbial methods for removing both metal species; (d) adsorptive removal methods for Mn control in filter and post-filter processes; (e) monitoring and sampling requirements to help insure efficient process performance; and (f) recommendations for maintaining water quality during distribution.

About the Instructor

Dr. William R. Knocke is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Knocke is recognized internationally for his applied research on iron and manganese control that has been utilized in water treatment facilities around the world. He has likewise consulted on “real-world” water treatment situations on multiple continents related to iron and manganese issues, producing cost effective and efficient solutions for a variety of water sources. The lecture will include multiple case studies from these “real-world” situations to show the application of control measures in practice.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

October 17, 2018
Lead in Drinking Water: Issues and Mitigation Strategies

Course Description

Aging and leaking water infrastructure wastes water resources and creates public health risks. One of the major causes of water leaks is corrosion induced by electrochemical reactions between the water and the pipeline. Thus corrosion control treatment and studies are desired to keep the integrity of water infrastructure and to ensure safe water quality and aesthetics. Corrosion control is required for communities of more than 50,000 people to minimize the levels of lead, a known neurotoxin, in water especially when there are lead-containing materials in the water distribution systems. When such requirements are not followed, man-made disaster can occur as the high-profile Flint water crisis. This presentation will give an overview on lead in water regulations, sources, and mitigation strategies, along with a few corrosion control studies.

About the Instructor

Dr. Min Tang is currently a postdoctoral research associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering in 2011 at Sichuan University, China. She then pursued graduate study in Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech and received her Master of Science degree in 2013, and her PhD degree in 2017.

Dr. Tang has been working on corrosion control studies with Flint, MI, Fresno, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Buffalo, NY, and Medford, OR during her graduate and postdoctoral training. As a co-leading primary investigator, she will work with eleven water utilities to address accumulation and release of lead from galvanized iron pipe corrosion, which is recently requested and funded by the Water Research Foundation. Her general research interest includes water infrastructure degradation, emerging contaminant monitoring and removal, corrosion and corrosion control, aquatic chemistry, and water/wastewater treatment.

Registration

You will receive a notebook with material that is presented in the session. This resource can be used again and again as a reference in your daily work. You will also receive 0.3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for successful completion of the workshop.

To ensure your FREE participation in this workshop, please register.

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.


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