Clarifier Performance Workshop

Friday, May 29, 2015

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Warwick Sewer Authority

Instructor: John Esler P.E.

Cost: $10 for NWPCA members, $30 for non-members (includes 1 year NWPCA membership)

Credits: 3 TCHs

 

This workshop will discuss the effects of various unit processes on clarifier performance, various means of distributing flow to clarifiers, benefits of techniques to evaluate performance, the effect of clarifier configuration and clarifier depth, various methods for improving clarifier functioning, and physical modifications for clarifiers that are available.

 

To sign up or for more information contact:

Nora Lough, NWPCA Training Committee

nlough@narrabay.com or 401-461-8848 (ext. 450)

Full details: Clarifier Workshop

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NetDMR Training

DEM is sponsoring a free, in-person NetDMR training session on April 17, 2015 from 9:30AM to 1:00PM for permittees in Room 300 at the DEM’s Providence Offices (located in the Foundry, 235 Promenade St, Providence, RI). This class will be geared primarily towards those individuals designated by the permittee as the “signatory authority”, the permit administrator, or those entering or editing DMRs. Training is strongly suggested before a facility begins using NetDMR.

If you are interested in attending the NetDMR training session, please send an email to Aaron Melo aaron.mello@dem.ri.gov with your contact information (i.e., name, address, facility name, facility RIPDES number, facility address, and telephone number).

Please read the “NetDMR Subscriber Agreement” and associated instructions that must be completed by each facility prior to creating a NetDMR account once the in-house training is completed. Please review this agreement and the instructions link provided below and, if your facility intends to attend the training being offered by the DEM, notify the DEM of your desire to attend the training as instructed above by April 1, 2015.

Final NetDMR Permittee User Notification Letter

Final RIDEM NetDMR Subscriber Agreement

If you have any questions regarding the above information or other NetDMR related content, please contact Aaron Mello at 401-222-4700, extension 7405, or by email aaron.mello@dem.ri.gov

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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT

Blueprint Reading For Wastewater Collection Systems

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Warwick Sewer Authority

Instructor: Diane Johnson P.E.

Cost: $10 for NWPCA members, $30 for non-members (includes 1 year NWPCA membership)

Credits: 3 TCHs

 

This hands-on training will provide fundamental blueprint reading skills essential to ALL wastewater personnel. Understanding symbols, legends, engineer’s notes, indexes, sections and details will be covered. Instruction and practice using an engineer’s scale, figuring elevations, utility pipe and manhole location and inverts, slopes and other dimensions will be determined using full size sewer construction plans.

 

To sign up or for more information contact:

Eddie Davies, NWPCA Training Committee

edavies@narrabay.com or 401-461-8848 (ext. 491)

Full details: Blueprint Reading

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NWPCA Seeking Award Nominations

If you know a wastewater professional deserving of recognition, please consider nominating that person for an award. NWPCA is seeking nominations for its annual awards for operators and maintenance and collection system professionals as well as members who have made contributions to the NWPCA. NWPCA is also seeking nominations for facilities with outstanding commitments to safety.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, April 6, 2015.  For more information, please see the award nomination form: 2014 Award Nomination Form

Also consider nominating someone for a New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) or Water Environment Federal (WEF) award as well (see http://www.newea.org/AboutUs/AwardsRecognitions/tabid/168/Default.aspx). Consider joining the WEF Quarter Century Operator Club Award (http://www.wef.org/quartercentury/)!

The awards will be presented the evening of Thursday, April 30th. The Awards Banquet will again be held at The Potowomut Country Club in Warwick.

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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT

What Everyone at a WWTF Needs to Know About Lab & Permits

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Session 1: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Session 2: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Field’s Point WWTF, Providence, RI

Instructor: Nora Lough, Narragansett Bay Commission

Cost: $70 per session or $120 for both sessions

Credits: 3 TCH per session; 6 TCH for full day

 

Session 1 (morning): Overview of the NPDES permit and Effluent Limitations

This class is designed to introduce wastewater operators, personnel, and laboratory staff an overview on the NPDES permit and environmental importance of effluent limitations. The NPDES permit, 40 CFR 136 and reporting requirements will be addressed.

Session 2 (afternoon): Conventional NPDES Laboratory Parameters

This class is designed for wastewater operators, personnel and laboratory staff that have a basic understanding of the NPDES permit to learn about specific conventional laboratory parameters. An overview of the approved methods, general procedures, and environmental importance of pH and total residual chlorine, BOD5, solids testing, and bacteria will be addressed.

Full details, sign up and contact info: NEIWPCC

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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT

Basic Microbiology of the Activated Sludge System in Wastewater Treatment

February 18, 2015

12:30-3:30pm

Narragansett Bay Commission – Field’s Point Facility

Instructor:  Nora Lough, Biologist, Narragansett Bay Commission

This course is designed as an introduction to the activated sludge for wastewater operators and laboratory staff. The microorganisms including protozoa and metazoa in the activated sludge will be discussed as well as the causes and control of sludge bulking and foaming. In addition, biological nutrient and phosphorus removal in relation to microorganisms will be addressed.

To sign up or for more information contact:

Janine Burke, NWPCA Training Committee

janineburke@cox.net or (401) 743-0122

Full details: Basic Microbiology

 

 

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Seeking Nominations for 2015 Officers & Board Members

If you are an operator, mechanic, electrician, laboratory technician, collections system operator, or work in administration – we need you!  Water/Wastewater vendors – we need you!   Supervisors, managers, superintendents, engineers – we need you!

Please use this nomination form to nominate yourself or someone else.  All officer positions and two executive board positions are open.  All nominations are welcome, and will be voted on by the NWPCA membership at December’s (Holiday/Food-drive) meeting.

For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact Scott Goodinson at (401) 468-4724 or by email.

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Bowling League begins 4th Season

BowlingCome join in the fun!  The NWPCA is excited to invite everyone to bowling every Wednesday at 4pm at AMF Cranston Lanes, 1450 Elmwood Ave, Cranston, RI.  Our loose league 10-pin style bowling is open to all skill levels.  Cost is just over $2 per game with shoes included!  For more information, please contact Fred Croy at (781) 664-8143 or by email.

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Trade Show is only 2 weeks away – Still Time to Sign Up

The annual vendor exhibition and clam bake on September 12th at Twelve Acres Banquet House is fast approaching, but there’s still time to sign up.  The deadlines are:

Vendor (for booth space, includes 2 meals):            August 29th

Members (for meal selection):                                    September 5th

Even if you can’t join us for the clam bake, you are still welcome to join us between 9am-12noon to check out this excellent educational and networking event for RI wastewater professionals.

For more information about booth space, contact Kathy Perez at (401) 255-5290. To join us for lunch ($30), contact Janine Burke at (401) 743-0122.

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First Annual Chowder Cook Off a “Bowl” Lot of Fun!

There was a great turnout on a gorgeous afternoon at the Scarborough treatment facility in Narragansett for the 1st annual NWPCA Great Chowder Cook Off on August 12th.

MC900215789[1]The Chowder Cook Off was the brain child of NWPCA Executive Board members Peter Eldridge, Tom Ciolfi, and Mike Spring as a way to increase attendance at monthly Board meetings and attract new members.

Competing for bragging rights with their personal clam chowder recipes were NWPCA President Doug Nettleton, and Executive Board members Tom Ciolfi, Scott Goodinson, and Mike Spring.  NWPCA members sampled and rated all the chowders based on color, aroma, consistency, and taste.   Scores were compiled by host Peter Eldridge once everyone had a chance to sample the four very different clam chowders.

Scott Goodinson, Assistant Superintendent in Warwick, took 1st place with his white chowder recipe described by one of the judges as “zippy – yum!”

In addition to making chowder for the event, Tom Ciolfi manned the grill, serving up burgers and hotdogs, as well as numerous delicious side dishes for all in attendance.

It was a truly enjoyable and tasty event.  And the start of a great new NWPCA tradition!!

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