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 - ONLINE ONLY

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BROADCAST WORKSHOPS

Upcoming Broadcasts

NOTE: All broadcasts are being offered online only.

February 17, 2021
Topic: Applied Chemistry for Operators and Water Works Managers
Description & Registration

March 17, 2021
Topic: Sample Collection, Analysis
Description & Registration

April 14, 2021
Topic: Communication, Leadership, Ethics, Teamwork
Description & Registration

May 12, 2021
Topic: Meters, Metering Systems, Accuracy
Description & Registration

June 16, 2021
Topic: Harmful Algal Blooms
Description & Registration

July 14, 2021
Topic: Asset Management, Budgeting, Rate Structure
Description & Registration

September 22, 2021
Topic: Disinfection Practices: Disinfection of Tanks and Distribution Systems
Description & Registration

October 13, 2021
Topic: Coagulation, Flocculation and Residuals
Description & Registration

November 10, 2021
Topic: Hydraulic Transients
Description & Registration


February 17, 2021
Topic: Applied Chemistry for Operators and Water Works Managers

Course Description

This course will review fundamental chemistry concepts and then apply those concepts to real applications in the potable water industry. There will be an emphasis to understand the fundamental chemistry that drives common applications in water treatment. Some topics and discussions will be: Units and Measurements, pH, Hardness, Alkalinity, Reactions,Precipitation Disinfection and source water and treated water applications.

About the Instructor

Dr. Paolo Scardina has over 20 years of experience working in the water industry. He has collaborated with many municipalities to investigate a variety of issues. He currently is an instructional professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Virginia Tech.

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually. You will also receive 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

March 17, 2021
Topic: Sample Collection, Analysis

Course Description

This course will answer three questions of sampling: why, how, and what. To address the first question, we will investigate the EPA rules that require sampling of public water systems. The meat and potatoes of the course will focus on how to collect samples by following standard protocol. In this part of the lecture we will also discuss methods to identify better sampling locations and strategies for ensuring compliance samples are completed on time. Lastly, the lecture will explain what your sampling results mean to waterworks owners/operators, and what the results mean to your consumers.

About the Instructor

Jarrett Talley is the Noncommunity Sustainability Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health – Office of Drinking Water (ODW). In his current role, he is collaborating across the Commonwealth to ensure Noncommunity waterworks, and the Office of Drinking Water, have the necessary tools to maintain compliance with the Drinking Water Regulations. Jarrett began his career with ODW in April of 2018 as an Inspector in the Richmond Field Office. During his time in the field office, he was afforded the opportunity to work with surface water plants producing 20+ MGD as well as small ground water systems producing less than 1000 gallons per month. He holds a B.S. in Biology from James Madison University.

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually. You will also receive 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

April 14, 2021
Topic: Communication, Leadership, Ethics, Teamwork

Course Description

No matter who we are, or what stage we are in our career, we all need to "sharpen the saw" especially in challenging times like COVID-19. “Enhancing Teamwork Through Ethical Leadership” will give you insights into concepts to help you grow in your professional and personal life.

About the Instructor

Jim Spencer

Jim Spencer is a graduate of Narrows High School and Bluefield State College. He holds a BS in Applied Science and a BS in Civil Engineering Technology. He worked for Tazewell County for 23 years as their Public Service Authority Administrator from 1992 to 2011 and served as the County Administrator from 2002 to 2015. During his time in Tazewell County, he was involved in approximately $120 million in capital projects with over half being funded by grants from various sources. They include but not limited to water, sewer, broadband, landfill expansion, economic development, and building projects. In 2012 he won the Governor of Virginia’s award for the “Most Innovative Use of Technology in Economic Development for the Virtual Marketing Assistance Program."

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually. You will also receive 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

May 12, 2021
Topic: Meters, Metering Systems, Accuracy

Course Description

This course is divided into two sections. The first section will focus on the lessons learned from water meter accuracy testing performed by Virginia Tech on residential mechanical water meters removed from the Pulaski County PSA distribution system. Accuracy results of meters removed from service and tested at flow rates as low as 0.03125 gallons per minute will be presented. Details of the test equipment and low flow test procedure will be shared. An analysis of the relative impact of throughput (i.e., the total volume of water registered by a meter at the time of replacement), age of the meter, and the test flow rate on the accuracy of meters will be discussed.

The second section will focus on implementation of a water meter replacement program by a public utility. The topics covered will include meter identification, data collection, prioritization/project identification, funding, installation and long-range O&M planning.

About the Instructor

Dr. Carlos Mantilla Pena, Jared Linkous

Carlos F. Mantilla-Peña earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia, 2010). He continued his studies at Virginia Tech, obtaining a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Water Resources Engineering (2014), and completing his PhD dissertation on residential water metering in December 2019. Carlos joined the East Region of Black & Veatch Water Americas at the Virginia Beach office and is currently focused on improving the infrastructure of potable water and wastewater systems.

Jared L. Linkous has over 20 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. During that time, he has served various municipalities as a consultant engineer and is currently the Executive Director of the Pulaski Count Public Service Authority (PCPSA) in Pulaski County, VA. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia. The PCPSA provides water treatment/distribution services for approximately 4,700 customers, wastewater collection services for approximately 1,400 customers and refuse collection services for approximately 10,000 customers.

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually. You will also receive 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

June 16, 2021
Topic: Harmful Algal Blooms

Course Description

These lectures will review the world threat of algal blooms in four parts. First, the phenomenon of algal bloom will be introduced: what they are, where they are, and how they occur. Second, the relationship between algal bloom and nutrient pollution will be examined in detail. Third, the various approaches for mitigating and managing algal blooms will be reviewed, including promising approaches. Finally, the climate challenge and future projections will be explored.

About the Instructor

Dr. Pat Glibert

Dr. Glibert is a Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Biology from Skidmore College, M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, and Ph.D. in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. Dr. Glibert was the recipient University System of Maryland “Regents Faculty Award for Excellence” in 2006 and the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Linnaeus University, Sweden, in 2011. She currently holds the title of President-Elect for the Association of the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. She has also been a Visiting Professor at both Zhejiang University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Dr. Glibert is an oceanographer broadly interested in effects of nutrient pollution and algal blooms and their global expansion. Her work ranges from addressing global problems, such as how land-based nutrient loads are changing due to changing agricultural practices, to understanding how different species of algae respond to different nutrient forms and how climate change is altering their response. She applies laboratory experiments, field observations, and modeling approaches. Her current work mainly currently centers around issues related to nutrients and harmful algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and in various waters of China.

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually. You will also receive 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

July 14, 2021
Topic: Asset Management, Budgeting, Rate Structure

Course Description

Asset management is a critical component to every water and wastewater utility, regardless of size or system type, and can help a utility maximize the value of its capital and O&M funds. The objectives of this lecture include (1) understanding what asset management means and the benefits of implementation and (2) identifying best practices and how to implement asset management. Topics covered in the lecture will include development of an asset inventory, establishment of condition assessment methodology, data collection, and development of the asset management plan.

Following the discussion on asset management, there will be a discussion of establishing water and sewer rates. This portion of the lecture will include topics related to establishing user charges for water and/or wastewater customers, incorporating the funding of the CIP, and will enable participants to be better prepared to undertake a rate study.

About the Instructor(s)

Adrianna Dimperio, Sheryl Stephens

Adrianna Dimperio, PE, is the Utilities Division Manager for Draper Aden Associates, overseeing all water and wastewater projects and operations. She previously served as the Chief of Facilities Engineering for Newport News Waterworks where she led the implementation of the asset management program and championed the organizational change inherent with such a program. Her experience includes project and program management for master planning, design and construction pertaining to pump stations, treatment plants, storage tanks, groundwater systems, and dams. Her utility experience has afforded her the opportunity to speak locally and nationally on utility management with an emphasis on development of asset management programs and Capital Improvement Planning programs. She holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually and provide a complete mailing and email address. You will receive a powerpoint via registered email with course 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 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

September 22, 2021
Topic: Disinfection Practices: Disinfection of Tanks and Distribution Systems

Course Description

Participants are presented information from the Commonwealth of Virginia Waterworks Regulations and references regarding disinfection practices related to waterline and storage tank disinfection. The presentation reviews appropriate disinfection practices for distribution systems following breaks, repairs, and new installations. The presentation describes the Office of Drinking Water's expectations for waterworks' and contractors' responsive actions associated with new installations and maintenance activities. Examples using will be presented.

About the Instructor

Brian Blankenship

Brian is a 1993 graduate of Virginia Tech where he received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Brian is employed by the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water (VDH-ODW) as the Engineering Field Director for the Abingdon Field Office service area. Previous roles with the Office of Drinking Water include serving as a District Engineer, a Division of Financial and Construction Assistance Program Project Engineer and Deputy Field Director for the Abingdon Field Office. Brian also has several years of practical waterworks related experience as a Public Works Director and Executive Director for a small town and service authority in Southwest Virginia. He participates in delivering training to waterworks staff and operators at several AWWA, VDH-ODW and VT sponsored training events.

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually and provide a complete mailing and email address. You will receive a powerpoint via registered email with course 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 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

October 13, 2021
Topic: Coagulation, Flocculation and Residuals

Course Description

The course will be divided into three parts. Part one will focus on the basics of water coagulation, addressing topics like how coagulants work, the importance of maintaining a proper pH for coagulation, and different coagulant options available for use. Part two will emphasize different approaches to flocculating water and aggregating solids into larger flocs. Finally, the third part will be an overview of the processing of residuals that are generated as a result of water coagulation – flocculation operations. Emphasis here will be on methods for estimating quantities of residuals generated, how coagulation choices impact the type and amount of residuals generated, and means for the ultimate dewatering and disposal of residuals

About the Instructor

Dr. William R. Knocke is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he has been a faculty member for 42 years. Dr. Knocke teaches multiple courses at Virginia Tech related to the various chemical and physical processes employed in drinking water treatment facilities. He has likewise served as a professional consultant to a large number of water utilities on ways to improve water treatment operations, with a primary focus on enhancing iron and manganese removal methods. Dr. Knocke has authored or co-authored over one hundred publications focused on water treatment techniques.

Registration

NOTE: This workshop will be delivered completely online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will view from their home instead of traveling to the sites. Through the use of interactive technology, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and to ask specific questions of the presenters and participants around the Commonwealth. Each workshop will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:00 p.m.

You will be provided with detailed instructions for accessing the live course online from home using your personal computer, phone, or other device (a camera is not needed). It is important for each participant wishing to receive credit to register individually and provide a complete mailing and email address. You will receive a powerpoint via registered email with course 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 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

November 10, 2021
Topic: Hydraulic Transients

Course Description

Most commonly known as water hammer, hydraulic transients is best defined as rapid pressure fluctuations in a water distribution system. This is a very common occurrence and is frequently ignored. Small variations in pressure are generally harmless. However, large or prolonged pressure fluctuations can be a major problem if not properly addressed. Transients can occur simply due to a manufacturing process drawing from your water system or could be caused by the loss of power at a pumping facility. Regardless of the cause, transient flow pressures can cause major problems and severe damage to multiple system components if the proper precautions are not taken. This presentation will define transients and its causes. We will discuss and show videos of real life cases where transients caused problems in water and wastewater systems, and ways to mitigate such conditions in your system. Discussion will also include modeling these events and what needs to be taken into consideration. Finally, we will discuss various case studies showing how some municipalities were able to pinpoint the cause and their solution to mitigating hydraulic transients in their water systems.

About the Instructor

Larado Robinson is a professional engineer has over 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry specializing in water and wastewater system modeling. While most of his career has been dedicated to working as a consultant engineer, he currently holds the position of Director of the Water and Sewer Department for the City of Salem Virginia, a position which he has held for over 7 years. Larado has served as Vice Chairman of American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) National Engineering Modeling and Applications Committee. Larado is a Vernon Lucy Award alum, which recognizes an individual’s sustained service and demonstrated creativity, initiative, and dedication to the work of the Engineering and Construction Division of AWWA. Larado has also had the privilege of helping develop leaders by mentoring and developing leadership programs. As Director, Larado leads a team of nearly 40 individuals to provide quality water and wastewater services to the citizens of Salem. His desire is to have a positive impact on each member of his team while helping them to become better leaders.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.


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