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Introduction to Technology: Your Computer and Excel

Class Description:
This course serves as an introduction to computing and is part of a larger series of forthcoming technology and administrative courses. Attendees will learn the essentials of operating and navigating desktop and laptop computers, all of which prepares them for the second part of the course: the basics of Microsoft Excel. This course is designed for those water system personnel with limited to no background with computers, or those looking for a refresher. It also will assist learners in becoming familiar with Microsoft Excel and using it for daily purposes, including reporting and financials.

Dates and Locations: 
May 29, 2019 (#91934)
Caribou Public Library - Multi-Function Room
30 High Street, Caribou, ME 04736

Registration: 8:00 am - 8:15 am

Class Time: 8:15 am - 12:45 pm
(includes two 15-minute breaks)

Class Fee: FREE
(This class is sponsored by the Maine Drinking Water Program and MRWA)

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: No TCHs for Water Operators

Instructor: Thomas Bahun, III, Maine Rural Water Association
Tom Bahun, III, is the Association's Membership Advocate and Digital Content Manager. When not representing our members at the Legislature in Augusta, he offers technology and technical training. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Tom has a background in IT (information technology), computer science, and improvement. Having taught students and professionals of all ages for several years, Tom is excited to see you in class. 

Note: This class is limited to 10 participants per location. This will allow for more personal attention for each participant. We will supply laptops for the attendees.

ABC's of Distribution Maintenance

Course Description:
This course will give operators a better understanding of how to most effectively maintain and operate a water distribution system. This course will begin with a brief overview of what a distribution system is, what it includes...and does not include, and a short history of distribution systems. Discussion will continue to include basic hydraulics and disinfection, as well as covering topics such as force mains from source to storage, storage tanks, and transmission from storage to user. The class will then discuss maintenance practices covering all elements of the distribution system. 

Dates and Locations:
June 4, 2019 (#91944)
Caribou Recreation Center
55 Bennett Drive
Caribou, ME 04736

June 5, 2019 (#91945)
Moore Community Center - Conference Room
133 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605

June 6, 2019 (#91946)
York Water District
86 Woodbridge Road
York, ME 03909

June 7, 2019 (#91947)
MRWA - Training Room
254 Alexander Reed Road
Richmond, ME 04357

Registration: 8:00 am - 8:15 am

Class Time: 8:15 am - 12:45 pm
(includes two 15-minute breaks)

Class Fee:
MRWA Members: $85 per attendee
Non-Members: $135 per attendee

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 4.0 TCHs for Water Operators (110-2019-MRW)

John Brutz is the General Manager of 540 Technologies, a premier environmental and data solutions provider that works with cities, municipalities, private and public utilities, engineering firms and colleges and universities to help them become more efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible. John is a lifelong environmental professional who began his career in 1988 after attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His core work has included Technical Environmental Sales Consulting specializing in customer need assessment and solution development and implementation; management and operation of water distribution systems implementing innovative approaches to achieve maximum efficiency, management and operation of water filtration plants with heavy focus on plant optimization; management of wastewater collection systems with I&I program integration; as a PA DEP Outreach Instructor working on site with non-compliant drinking water systems to achieve both long and short term regulatory compliance; as a PA DEP Water/Wastewater Certification Board Member and Chairman worked heavily to develop and implement Pennsylvania's current module certification program.

Ryan Flynn
 is a Technical Sales Consultant for 540 Technologies, a premier environmental and data solutions provider that works with cities, municipalities, private and public utilities, engineering firms and colleges and universities to help them become more efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible.  Ryan is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with over seven years’ experience in design engineering & project management.  Ryan specializes in Water Loss Management solutions utilizing modern technology from industry leaders.


Lead & Copper: Strategies to Control These Heavies

Class Description:
This session will review the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), including monitoring requirements of the LCR, sample site selection (Tiers), sampling, reporting, and action level exceedances. In addition, violations and public notification requirements will also be reviewed. Water system treatment and operational strategies to control corrosion and lead/copper levels will also be discussed. 

Dates & Locations:
June 11, 2019 (#91939)
Washington County Community College 
Riverview Hall - 115 MultiMedia Room
One College Drive
Calais, ME 04619

June 13, 2019 (#91940)
Mexico Town Hall
134 Main Street
Mexico, ME 04257

June 19, 2019 (#91952)
North Berwick Community Center - Main Hall
266 Lebanon Road
North Berwick, ME 03906

Registration: 8:30 am - 8:45am

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

Class Fee: $65 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.)

State Agency Approval:
Maine BLWSO: 3.0 TCH's for Water Operators (235-9193-MRW)

Carlton Gardner, Maine Rural Water Association
After ten years, Carlton Gardner recently retired from the Maine Drinking Water Program where he served as team leader for the Compliance Section. Prior to that, Carlton worked at Maine Rural Water Association for fifteen years as the Training Specialist, five years at the Maine Drinking Water Program, two years at the Office of Dental Health and five years at the Lewiston Water Department.


Get the Most from Your Chart of Accounts

Class Description:
The accumulation of financial data is usually done with a general ledger accounting system. Designing a proper chart of accounts to work within the general ledger is of the utmost importance. 

When a utility has the proper Chart of Accounts, business transactions are recorded and accumulated in a way that simplifies the preparation of meaningful financial information. Often the operating statements of a utility cannot be evaluated. Critical information is missing because these utilities do not have a Chart of Accounts that separates and accumulates transactions according to their management needs. 

This class offers instruction for the basic principals involved in setting up a proper and useful Chart of Accounts. 

Major Objectives/Outline:
Set up financial data in a way that will allow the utility to calculate accurate cost rates
Make it easy for the utility to prepare proper and accurate financial statements
Enhance the utility's ability to analyze financial information for budgets, capital improvements, and long-term planning.

Date: June 18, 2019 (#91953)

Hampden Public Safety Building
106 Western Avenue
Hampden, ME 04444

Registration: 8:15 am - 8:30 am

Class Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 am
(includes two 15-minute breaks)

Class Fee:
MRWA Members: $75 per attendee
Non-Members: $125 per attendee

State Agency Approvals:
Maine BLWSO: 3.5 TCHs for Water Operators (060-1953-MRW)
Maine DEP: 3.5 TCHs for Wastewater Operators (MRWA-553-WW-3.5)

Daphne Paulette is MRWA's Financial Circuit Rider, and has more than 34 years in Non-Profit Fund Accounting experience. She has worked 28 years in public water and wastewater and has Class II Water Operator Treatment and Distribution licenses. Daphne is dedicated to helping systems achieve business success by helping them establish regulated financial processes. She is committed to delivering services that meet each utility's unique objectives.



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 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.

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.



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.