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Small System Operator Training: Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the SDWA (Systems <10,000)
September 27, 2018 – Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI
9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Your utility faces day-to-day challenges providing reliable, safe drinking water for your customers while avoiding costly violations. The American Water Works Association (AWWA), in conjunction with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), and the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) is offering a FREE 1-day workshop to help your utility learn about compliance with drinking water regulations and steps to avoid costly violations. This workshop is made possible by funding through the U.S. EPA and AWWA’s partner, RCAP.
Continuing Education Credits – Pending approval by the Rhode Island DOH. AWWA is the entity providing the TCHs for this event.
Audience: Operators, managers, or governing body of a small system.
What topics will be covered at the workshop?
9:00-9:15a.m. – Registration
9:15-9:30a.m. – SDWA Workshop Introduction
9:30-9:40a.m. – Pre-test
9:40-10:40a.m. – Regulatory Overview/Revised Total Coliform Rule
10:40-10:50a.m. – Break
10:50-1:00p.m. - Controlling Lead and Copper in Drinking Water
1:00-1:30p.m. – Lunch
1:30 - 4:30p.m. Learning Lab: Water Quality Monitoring –
Ensuring that Your Water is Safe to Drink (descriptor below)
4:30p.m. – 5:00p.m. - Wrap-up/Post-Test/Adjourn
NOTE: As this is a free, grant-funded workshop, food cannot be provided. Please come prepared.
Learning Lab Description:
During this 4-hour, hands-on course, participants will learn how to develop and implement an effective water quality monitoring strategy, collect water quality samples, and analyze and report sampling results. Participants will get to practice collecting samples for several parameters, including free and total chlorine, and total coliform bacteria. In addition, participants will learn how and why to map chlorine residual levels in their system.
Paul Riendeau is NEWWA's instructor and education coordinator out of Holliston, MA, and has worked for the association since 1998. He previously worked for 18 years as the water quality supervisor and laboratory director for the Pawtucket Water Supply Board in Rhode Island. He is a certified environmental health and safety trainer, a certified environmental technologist, and holds current full Grade 4 drinking water treatment and distribution operator licenses in Massachusetts. Paul holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Rhode Island College and has taught adults since 1980.