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Proper Sampling Techniques

Class Description:
This course will provide water operators with a review of current sampling procedures, how water contaminants are regulated, how to properly collect water samples and how to comprehend field measurements. Water operators will be able to apply information learned to diagnose and solve water sampling problems. Maine’s primary and secondary drinking water regulations will be covered as well as the proper chain of custody. Responsibilities of the water sampler and the laboratory will be discussed to include identifying field errors versus lab errors. This course will equip attendees with the background, knowledge and tools needed to collect, process, problem solve and document water samplings.

Dates & Locations:
July 23, 2019 (#91949)
York Water District
86 Woodbridge Road
York, ME 03909

August 13, 2019 (#91950)
Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462

August 20, 2019 (#91951)
Wiscasset Fire Department
51 Bath Road
Wiscasset, ME 04578

August 27, 2019 (#91976)
Caribou Public Library
30 High Street
Caribou, ME 04736

Registration: 8:30 am - 8:45 am

Class Time: 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
(includes one 15-minute break)

Class Fee: 
MRWA Members: $65 per attendee
Non-Members: $115 per attendee

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 3.0 TCHs for Water Operators (091-9194-MRW)


Instructor:
Rebecca
Labranche has been with A & L Laboratory since 2004. She has held positions as their microbiologist, quality assurance officer and now as their laboratory director. Rebecca holds bachelor’s degrees in both environmental science and business management as well as a Water Operator License for Very Small Water Systems, making the laboratory director position a perfect fit for her.

With over 15 years of experience in the drinking water field she has analyzed thousands of water samples and advised countless homeowners and public water systems on the quality of their well water.

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Groundwater System Sanitary Survey Course for Water Operators & Public Water System Inspectors


Class Description:
This one-day class will help public water systems prepare for the sanitary survey and will provide a refresher to whomever conducts sanitary surveys. The class will review the eight elements of a sanitary survey and highlight common deficiencies and sanitary defects in groundwater systems. After spending the morning in the classroom, we will conduct a mock sanitary survey at a nearby public water system. The class size will be limited to allow each participant the opportunity to see water system components and operations firsthand.

Dates & Locations:
August 20, 2019 (#91927)
North Berwick Community Center - Main Hall
266 Lebanon Road
North Berwick, ME 03906
Site visit at North Berwick Water District

August 21, 2019 (#91928)
Searsport Water District
46 Prospect Street
Searsport, ME 04974
Site visit at Searsport Water District

August 29, 2019 (#91931)
Mexico Town Hall
134 Main Street
Mexico, ME 04257
Site visit at Rumford Water District

Registration: 8:15 am - 8:30 am

Class Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
(includes two 15-minute breaks and a 1-hour Lunch & Travel break)


Class Fee: $130 per attendee
(This class is funded through the USEPA and MRWA. The participant fee reflects the expenses incurred in the development, preparations, and presentation of this seminar, as well as ancillary expenses such administrative time.)

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 6.0 TCHs for Water Operators (292-9192-MRW)


Instructor:
Kathy Martel, P.E., is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the drinking water industry. She is a certified operator for both water treatment and water distribution. Kathy has been teaching EPA-approved sanitary survey training classes for six years for the New York Department of Health and has also delivered this training to EPA and the Pennsylvania DEP.

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Very Small Water System (VSWS) Certification Exam Preparatory Course #91960
(a 3-Day course)

Class Description:
Designed for operators of Very Small Water Systems with minimal or no treatment.  The 3-day course introduces the principals and practices of collecting, treating, storing, and distributing safe drinking water.  This course uses the latest edition of Introduction to Small Water Systems, published by ACR Publications.

Dates: September 18, 19, & 26, 2019

Location:
Maine Rural Water Association
254 Alexander Reed Road
Richmond, ME 04357
 
(Note: A distance learning class may be available. Contact our Training Department at 207-737-4092 to discuss.)

Registration
: 8:00 am – 8:15 am

Class Time: 
8:15 am – 2:15 pm (includes two 15-minute breaks and a half-hour lunch break)

Class Fee: 
$350 per attendee
(This class is funded through USEPA and MRWA. The participant fee reflects the expenses incurred in the development, preparation and presentation of this seminar, as well as ancillary expenses such as administrative time.)

Manual:
 $75

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 15.0 TCHs for Water Operators (300-0917-MRW)
Maine DEP: 7.5 TCHs for Wastewater Operators (MRWA-560-WW-7.5)

(excludes registration and break)

Instructor:
Kathy Martel, P.E.,  is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the drinking water industry. She does sanitary surveys of public water systems and has worked with many utilities on projects. She provides technical support to USEPA on evaluating existing drinking water regulations and identifying needs for new regulations. She has written many guidance manuals and research reports for EPA and other private entities on maintaining water quality in distribution systems and managing aging infrastructure. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

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Test Taking Tips & Tricks (#91957, #91958, #91959)

Class Description:
No matter how well prepared you are for the exam, there will always be questions that throw you for a loop.  This 4-hour course is designed to teach you techniques for taking multiple choice exams that may help you get the right answer even if you don’t completely understand the question!  This course is not intended to replace the study an operator must undertake to prepare for a certification exam, but it will certainly help in those tight situations. 

Dates and locations:
September 17, 2019 (#91957)
Westbrook Public Safety Building
570 Main Street
Westbrook, ME 04092

October 15, 2019 (#91958)
Maine Rural Water Association
254 Alexander Reed Road
Richmond, ME 04357

November 19, 2019 (#91959)
Veazie Town Office
1084 Main Street
Veazie, ME 04401

Registration: 8:30 am – 8:45 am

Class Time: 8:45 am – 1:00 pm (includes one 15-minute break)

Class Fee:
MRWA Members: $85 per person
Non-Members: $135 per person
(This class is funded through USEPA and MRWA. The participant fee reflects the expenses incurred in the development, preparation, and presentation of this seminar, as well as ancillary expenses such as administrative time.)

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 4.0 TCHs for Water Operators (300-9195-MRW)
Maine DEP: 4.0 TCHs for Wastewater Operators (MRWA-557-WW-4)
(excludes registration and breaks)

Instructor: Alex Wong
Alex Wong, Director of Capacity Development, Maine Rural Water Association. He has a master’s degree in Limnology, and has taught students ranging in age from 5 to 85 on a variety of subjects from water quality management to SAT and GRE prep to tai chi. Alex is also a certified Class IV Water Treatment Operator and a Class IV Water Distribution Operator.

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Class I Water Treatment Cert Exam Prep Course #91961 (a 4-Day course)

Class Description:
The 4-day course focuses on principles and practices of collecting, testing, treating, storing, and distributing safe drinking water for a Class 1 Treatment Operator.  This course introduces various water treatment techniques, disinfection, hydraulics, appurtenances, operator safety, and rules and regulations governing public water systems.  The course uses the latest version of Water Treatment, Grade 1, published by AWWA.  These texts are from AWWA’s Water System Operator Series, and are the texts recommended by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) for test preparation. 

Dates: 
October 1, 3, 8 & 10, 2019

Location:
Maine Rural Water Association
254 Alexander Reed Road
Richmond, ME 04357
(Note: A distance learning class may be available. Contact our Training Department at 207-737-4092 to discuss.)

Registration: 8:00 am – 8:15 am

Class Time:  
8:15 am – 2:15 pm (includes two 15-minute breaks and a half-hour lunch break)

Class Fee:  
$350 per attendee
(This class is funded through USEPA and MRWA. The participant fee reflects the expenses incurred in the development, preparation and presentation of this seminar, as well as ancillary expenses such as administrative time.)

Manual:
 $75

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 20.0 TCHs for Water Operators (302-1834-MRW)
Maine DEP: 10.0 TCHs for Wastewater Operators (MRWA-559-WW-10)

(excludes registration and break)

Instructor
Kathy Martel, P.E.,  is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the drinking water industry. She does sanitary surveys of public water systems and has worked with many utilities on projects. She provides technical support to USEPA on evaluating existing drinking water regulations and identifying needs for new regulations. She has written many guidance manuals and research reports for EPA and other private entities on maintaining water quality in distribution systems and managing aging infrastructure. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

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Class I & II Distribution Certification Exam Preparatory Course #91962 (a 4-day course)


Class Description:
The 4-day course focuses on principles and practices of collecting, testing, treating, storing, and distributing safe drinking water for a Class 1/2 Distribution Operator.  This course examines various water treatment techniques, disinfection, operator safety, and rules and regulations governing public water systems more deeply.  The course uses the latest version of Water Distribution, Grade 1/2, published by AWWA.  This text is from AWWA’s Water System Operator Series, and are the texts recommended by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) for test preparation.

Dates:  October 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2019

Location:
Hampden Public Safety Building
106 Western Avenue
Hampden, ME 04444


Registration: 8:00 am – 8:15 am

Class Time: 8:15 am – 2:15 pm (includes two 15-minute breaks and a half-hour lunch break)

Class Fee:  Attendees: $350 per attendee
(This class is funded through USEPA and MRWA. The participant fee reflects the expenses incurred in the development, preparation and presentation of this seminar, as well as ancillary expenses such as administrative time.)

Manual: $75.00 per manual

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 20.0 TCHs for Water Operators
Maine 
DEP: 10.0 TCHs for Wastewater operators
(excludes registration, break(s), and lunch break)

Instructor
Kathy Martel, P.E.,  is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the drinking water industry. She does sanitary surveys of public water systems and has worked with many utilities on projects. She provides technical support to USEPA on evaluating existing drinking water regulations and identifying needs for new regulations. She has written many guidance manuals and research reports for EPA and other private entities on maintaining water quality in distribution systems and managing aging infrastructure. Kathy has a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering.

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UPCOMING CLASSES


We continue to hear from many of you looking for our most recent classes or for specific classes in your area. Please email us at jblais@mainerwa.org with all your training requests, suggestions, and ideas. We are working on finalizing the last few details on the classes listed below, and then we will open registrations for each class, where you may register online.


The Hiring Process
September 18, 2019 - Ellsworth
October 16, 2019 - Richmond

Class I & II Distribution Cert Exam Prep – 4-Day Course (20 hrs)
January 21, 23, 28 & 30, 2020 – Richmond

Class/Grade I & II Math Review – 2-Day Course (10 hrs)
November 5 & 7 – Hampden

Taking the “Dark & Mysterious” Out of CyberSecurity
Fall 2019 – Aroostook County, Farmington, Gorham

Class II Treatment Cert Exam Prep – 4-Day Course (20 hrs)
January 7, 9, 14 & 16, 2020, Richmond, ME

39th Annual Technical Conference & Trade Show
December 10 - 12, 2019 - Bangor, ME

Save the Date!


MRWA is a fully approved ME Department of Environmental Protection and Maine BLWSO training provider.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Individuals registered for one of MRWA's training classes or seminars will be charged the class fee if we have not received notice of cancellation at least five (5) business days prior to the event. Anyone contacting MRWA to cancel enrollment from a class will receive a cancellation number. In the event of an emergency, which would prevent attendance, please contact Jason Blais at 207-656-2068 or Kathleen Brill at 207-737-4092 as soon as possible.