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

Management, Methods, and Money: Understanding Concepts in Capacity Development

July 16-18, 2018 - Blacksburg, Virginia

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Virginia Tech, under the auspices of a grant from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), is pleased to announce the addition of another short course for waterworks personnel. This course focuses on the issues associated with capacity development (CD) in the waterworks industry. CD is broad term, encompassing many areas, including the managerial, technical, regulatory, and financial aspects of operating and maintaining a waterworks. If a waterworks is not in compliance, is not able to provide the needed quantity and quality of water, and cannot respond well to emergency situations, there are serious problems with the capacity of the waterworks. The goal of this course is to help the decision-makers for a waterworks and those who influence the decision-makers establish appropriate management and financial systems for maintaining and improving their waterworks.

The specific course objectives are as follows:

  1. Understanding the obligations of those involved in decision making. [Compliance: It's not just for operators.]
  2. Provide financial understanding and resources to justify operational, maintenance, or expansion cost
  3. Introduction to hands-on waterworks evaluation tools (CUPSS, AWWA, water loss)

The course begins with a definition of CD and the description of a case study in which CD is a problem. As the various course topics are introduced over a period of three days, the lessons learned are applied to the case study. Among the topics addressed are: Owner Responsibility/Liability, Business/Managerial Operations, Utility Operations/Asset Management, and Use of Software Tools. The course ends with final recommendations for the case study, an evaluation of the course, and a quiz. Participants will receive a manual that was expressly developed for this course.

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Instructors

Instructors for the course are recruited from municipalities, VDH, and Virginia Tech. Class size will be limited to 25 people.

Participant Funding

Virginia tech has been awarded grant monies from VDH for participant funding for this course. Funding covers all but $90 or $60 of your registration fee, which includes lodging, food, and course materials. Register early to ensure your seat in the course, as space is limited.

Continuing Education Units
Participants will receive 2.2 CEUs (equal to 22 contact hours) for successful completion of the course. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

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More Information

Questions about the course:
Please feel free to contact Dr. Jason He, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, if you have any questions about the content of the course, Dr. Jason He can be reached by e-mail: zhenhe@vt.edu or phone: 540-231-1346.

Information about registration:
Please contact Nancy Rakes by email: nancyr@vt.edu or phone: 540-231-2922.


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