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 19, 2020
Topic: Basic Water Chemistry for Waterworks Operators
Description & Registration

March 18, 2020
Topic: Residential Water Metering: Lessons Learned from Meter Testing and Analysis of Metered Water Data
Description & Registration

April 15, 2020 (offered online only)
Topic: Sample Collection, Analysis & Interpretation
Description & Registration

May 21, 2020
Topic: Enhancing Teamwork Through Ethical Leadership
Description & Registration

June 17, 2020
Topic: The Future of Pathogen Detection for the Water Industry
Description & Registration

July 15, 2020
Topic: Asset Management and Rate Impacts
Description & Registration

September 16, 2020
Topic: Classifying Water Main Break Types, Waterworks' Responsive Actions and Distribution System Disinfection Practices
Description & Registration

October 21, 2020
Topic: Managing the Assets of a Water Distribution System
Description & Registration

November 18, 2020
Topic: TBD
Description & Registration


February 19, 2020
Topic: Basic Water Chemistry for Waterworks Operators

Course Description

The course will include the basics of chemistry. There will be a discussion of the unique qualities of water. Key concepts of density, specific weight and specific gravity will be covered. We will move into solutions and determining solution strengths. Other topics will include acids, bases, alkalinity and the pound formula.

About the Instructor

James "Jim" Keating retired from the Army after 25 years. After his retirement he decided to get into the water industry and so attended Virginia Tech where he earned a Master's in Civil Engineering with a focus on water/wastewater. After graduation, he accepted a position as a district engineer in the Virginia Department of Health's Office of Drinking Water (VDH-ODW). He is currently assigned to the Culpeper Field Office with responsibility for the oversight of public drinking water systems in Fauquier, Prince William, and Stafford counties.

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 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.

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

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March 18, 2020
Topic: Residential Water Metering: Lessons Learned from Meter Testing and Analysis of Metered Water Data

Course Description

This course will focus on the lessons learned from water meter testing performed by Virginia Tech to determine the accuracy of residential mechanical water meters, and from the analysis of residential metered water data. 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., 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. In addition, the reliability of meters to measure water consumption at low flow rates (e.g. small leaks), which impacts the volume of non-revenue water, will be analyzed. Insights on the impact of metering infrastructure upgrades to the volume of residential metered water data shared in this course are drawn from a community in which an advanced metering infrastructure system was installed using mechanical meters.

About the Instructor

Carlos F. Mantilla-Peña serves as a Civil Engineer for the East Region of Black & Veatch Water Americas at the Virginia Beach office. He is currently focused on improving the infrastructure of potable water and wastewater systems. Mantilla-Peña recently finished his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he did research on residential water metering. He holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Colombia and a M.S. in Civil Engineering with focus on Water Resources from 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 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop.


March 18, 2020 Water Broadcast has been cancelled.




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April 15, 2020
Topic: Sample Collection, Analysis & Interpretation

NOTICE: This month's broadcast will be offered online only.

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

You will receive 3 contact hours for successful completion of the workshop via online. In the past, a notebook containing course materials was provided. However, due to this program being offered online only, it may not be possible to provide the course materials, so you may want to take notes for future reference.

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

View the complete list of upcoming broadcasts.

May 21, 2020
Topic: Enhancing Teamwork Through Ethical Leadership

Course Description

President Abraham Lincoln once said that if he was given 6 hours to chop down a tree, he would spend the first 4 hours sharpening the axe. 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. This lecture will give insight into concepts to help you grow in your professional and personal life.

About the Instructor

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. He was appointed by Governor Warner in 2004 for a four-year term to the Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Board of Directors. He was re-appointed by Governor Kaine and Governor McDonnell. He served 12 years, 8 of which as the Vice-Chair. Upon retiring from Tazewell County in April 2015, he was hired by the City of Bluefield to create their Community & Economic Development Department and serve as its Director. Since that time, he has developed the Commercialization Station, a mixed-use incubator focusing on manufacturing, which was funded by a $2.04 million EDA POWER grant matched by a $510,000 grant from a local foundation. His recent efforts helped the City to land Intuit’s “Prosperity Hub” which will bring 200 – 500 jobs to the City’s Historic Downtown. Intuit has partnered with Alorica to operate the “Customer Success Center.” The Intuit project will also include an Innovation Lab, which will be their first.

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 17, 2020
Topic: The Future of Pathogen Detection for the Water Industry

Course Description

This lecture will cover the past, present, and future of pathogen detection for the water industry. We will cover the current regulatory framework for drinking water and recycled water in terms of indicator monitoring. We will then discuss the promise and limitations for next-generation DNA sequencing to provide new insights into pathogen detection and compare their output with culture-based techniques.

About the Instructor

Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on bringing a microbial ecological perspective to understanding and advancing design and management of environmental systems. She is currently serving on the National Academy of Sciences One Health Action Committee and recently served on the National Academies committee on Management of Legionella in Water Systems, contributing to a substantive scientific consensus report on the topic. Pruden has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology. Pruden is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in water research. Pruden received her PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati.

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 15, 2020
Topic: Asset Management and Rate Impacts

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 , 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.

Sheryl Stephens is a Sr. Community Resource Specialist for Draper Aden Associates. She has worked with local governments in Virginia for more than 30 years, focusing on water and wastewater utilities. Her experience includes identifying and securing funding sources for capital projects and helping utilities analyze their water and sewer rates in order to establish appropriate rate setting to cover operating costs and fund capital projects. She is a graduate of Mary Washington College and 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 16, 2020
Topic: Classifying Water Main Break Types, Waterworks' Responsive Actions and Distribution System Disinfection Practices

Course Description

Participants are presented guidance to classify water main break types. The guidance describes the Office of Drinking Water's expectations for waterworks' responsive actions associated with the break type. Examples using the guidance will be presented. The presentation also reviews appropriate disinfection practices for distribution systems following breaks, repairs, and new installations.

About the Instructor

Brian Blankenship 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 21, 2020
Topic: Managing the Assets of a Water Distribution System

Course Description

This presentation will combine the best practices in running a water distribution system and relating it to asset management principals. While the water treatment plant provides the necessary treatment to assure safe potable water and water for firefighting, the water distribution system is the last barrier of protecting the water quality. Water distribution systems are buried, that should not be assumed maintenance free. Knowing these assets and predicting their useful life can be organized to prioritize in a standardize fashion. The costs to maintain the system can be used in a 5 or more planning cycle and budgeting. This presentation will provide an overview asset management for water distribution systems.

About the Instructor

James M. Cherry, P.E., DSc. has 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater field working for utilities and consultants. Dr. Cherry is the Operations Division Administrator for the City of Virginia Beach Public Utilities. He is the past chair of the Virginia Section American Water Works Association and he has chaired the Safety and Security Committee. He is a board member and instructor for the Hampton Roads Public Works Academy. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Masters of Engineering from Old Dominion University and a Doctor of Science from Technion- Israel Institute of Technology.

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 18, 2020
Topic: TBD

Course Description

Rotating topics in water utility management, upcoming material includes asset management, excavation safety, and transients in water systems. Please check back for course description and instructor information.

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 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.


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