2016 NWPCA Holiday Party & Election of Officers

NWPCA will be hosting our annual food drive and election of officers during our holiday party on Thurs, Dec 8th at the Potowomut Golf Club, 439 Ives Rd, East Greenwich, RI. Doors open at 6pm and dinner will be served at 7pm. Two Executive Board & all officer positions are open. The Nominating Committee will be presenting a ballot but nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

Dinner is free with non-perishable food item donations at the door. Donations to benefit the RI Community Food Bank. Menu includes: salad, citrus wine chicken in lemon & wine sauce, baked scrod w/ seasoned crumbs & lemon, vegetables, bread, coffee, and cheesecake w/ strawberry sauce. RSVP by Dec 1st to Peter Eldridge at peldridge@narragansettri.gov or 401-480-2847.

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Training – Maintenance in the WWTF

Maintenance in the Wastewater Treatment Facility – Instructor: Michael Spring
This 3-hour workshop introduces and focuses on maintenance programs in the wastewater treatment facility. This class will cover the following topics: Types of programs needed to provide and sustain good maintenance; Obstacles that maintenance programs face on a day to day basis; How to categorize and prioritize workloads; Address how to estimate workloads and repair times.

Training is being held at NBC’s Fields Point Education Room– Admin Bldg, 1 Service Road, Providence, RI on Wednesday December 7, 2016 from 8:30 – 11:30 AM. Cost is $10 for NWPCA Members and $30 for Non-Members (includes 1-year membership). Course qualifies for 3 TCHs. Contact Nora Lough, NWPCA Training Committee Chair
nlough@narrabay.com or 401-461-8848, ext. 450 to register.

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A Towering Loss for the Clean Water Community

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The tight-knit community of Rhode Island wastewater operators was devastated to learn that we lost Carmine Goneconte on October 28th.  His death at age 60 is difficult to come to terms with and we may never know the reason why he was taken from us so young.

In our public profession, we don’t talk about our faith but I’m guessing it’s a big reason why many of us do what we do.  After reading his obituary, I now know that faith was something that defined Carmine.  In addition to his faith in God, Carmine demonstrated a more secular faith that we are probably more comfortable talking about:  faith in his vocation, faith in his professional actions and decisions, and faith in his team at the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC).  Over the course of his career at NBC, Carmine undeniably changed the culture from one where mediocrity was the measure to one where excellence is the norm.  His faith surely made him strong and resilient in the face of defeats; patient and persistent when faced with roadblocks.  He was a champion for clean water and a teacher, mentor, and coach to those of us who work for it.

Interestingly, I met Carmine many years before I joined the wastewater profession.  I started my career as an air pollution inspector/enforcer for EPA during the time when Carmine had the difficult duty of keeping the old sewage sludge incinerator at Field’s Point in compliance with the regulations.  And, unfortunately for him, I drove by it every day on my way to work.  Being a regulator, I could have easily adopted a cynical view of the regulated community and their compliance intentions.  I did find a few who warranted my skepticism.   But Carmine bolstered my faith that people would do the right thing if they knew what they were supposed to do and were supported in their efforts.  Maybe it was his wastewater training but sometimes I would get to work in Boston and there would be a message waiting for me from Carmine letting me know he was having a bad incinerator day and what he was doing to turn it around.   Carmine always did what he said he was going to do; he was a man of integrity.

Carmine’s contributions of late to the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association (NWPCA) and previously to the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) warrant mention.  He was inducted into the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S) back in 1989!  Along the way, he held many leadership positions – including Rhode Island State Director.  As an operator, he won numerous awards such as Operator of the Year, the Peloquin Award, and the William D. Hatfield Award.  In 2006, Carmine joined the Quarter Century Operators Club.  However, I suspect he was most proud of all the awards bestowed on NBC and his staff to which he was devoted and dedicated.

I never asked Carmine how he came to be in the “business” but I bet chance played a big part in it, like it did for a lot of us.  I really don’t believe in coincidence; I have faith that things happen for a reason even if that reason is not obvious at the time.  However it came about for Carmine, his decision to become a wastewater operator nearly 40 years ago had a profound impact on the water environment in Rhode Island and water professionals throughout New England.  He towered over all of us – literally and figuratively – and was someone we deeply admired.

Rest in peace Rhode Island Wastewater Operator #131.  I hope you knew the tremendous contributions you have made to our profession.  We cannot make sense of your death but we find great purpose in the life you lived.  Please watch over us and continue to guide us as we attempt to follow in your giant footsteps.

Janine Burke-Wells
Rhode Island Wastewater Operator #988

NOTE:  The NWPCA Executive Committee is looking for ideas to memorialize Carmine’s importance to the organization.  Perhaps an award or a scholarship in his name.  If you have any thoughts, please email Scott Goodinson at Scott.C.Goodinson@warwickri.com.    

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Job Opening

Operator I – NBC Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Plant
Takes/records readings of plant equipment, including temperature, pressure, and vacuum. Operates plant equipment using a variety of pumps, valves, gates, and switches. Responds to alarms/operational problems within plant and at remote locations, and takes corrective action. Cleans plant equipment/facilities and maintains a safe working environment. Frequently requires operation of a forklift, Bobcat, front end loader, sweeper, scum truck, and/or pick-up truck. Collects samples, performs standard tests, and records results. Assists other staff with cleaning, maintaining, repairing, and installing plant equipment. Receives hazardous materials and completes appropriate paperwork. Must have a High School Diploma or GED. Must possess valid driver’s license in good standing. Grade I Wastewater Operator License is required within one year of employment. Application Period: 10/10/16 to 10/24/16. Read more.

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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT

Principles & Practices of Wastewater Treatment (Grades I & II)

Anyone preparing for a state WWTP operator certification exam will benefit from this structured overview of the wastewater field. The 40 hour course is based
on the well-known CSU Sacramento home-study course manuals for WWTP operations. While this course is intended for those seeking Grade 1 licensure, it
is also open to those looking to take the II exam.

The instructor will cover a wide range of topics including wastewater laws and regulations, preliminary treatment,
sedimentation and flotation, secondary treatment processes, activated sludge, trickling filters, rotating biological contactors, waste treatment ponds, and disinfection.

Note: Passing this course can be equivalent to passing the Grade 1 exam given Rhode Island Board of Certification of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities. While this course can also assist in the preparation of other exams offered by the Board, a passing grade in this course can only be applied toward a Grade 1 application. Because the Board only offers licensure to approved applicants, passing this course is not necessarily a guarantee of securing the Rhode Island Grade 1 license.

Click here for full course details.

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Job Opening

Lab Technician- RI Resource Recovery Corporation

Apply a working knowledge of fundamental principles, terminology, and methodology to extract samples and perform laboratory tests and analyses. Execute field laboratory analysis, focusing on detail and critical measurements for volume and weight. Perform routine maintenance on equipment, custodial duties, and related duties as required. Certification or Associate’s degree in the wastewater field, environmental sciences, or other technical field. Minimum 2-4 years demonstrated lab and analysis. If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to humanresources@rirrc.org by noon on Sept 9th. Click here for job description.

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VAUGHAN CHOPPER PUMP DEMO

THE VAUGHAN DEMO TRAILER WILL BE IN THE NEW ENGLAND AREA DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2016

Walker Wellington is Vaughan Company’s local product representative.  Please call to book a live demonstration at your facility or to discuss your pumping needs.

Click here for full details and contact info

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Job Opening

Maintenance Supervisor – NBC Field’s Point WWTF
Supervise all predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance activities on all mechanical, electrical and instrumentation equipment at the Field’s Point WWTF and remote pumping stations.  Assigns, directs and trains employees in the Maintenance Section.  Interprets policy and resolves issues/problems.  Ensures all work is performed in accordance with NBC policy guidelines, maintenance SOPs, State and Federal permit requirements and the union collective bargaining agreement.  Prepares daily reports on work completed, work order status, employee supervision and training, etc. Continually inspects facility equipment, structures and buildings and creates service requests/work orders for needed repairs.  Complies with and enforces all applicable NBC/OSHA safety guidelines.  Performs other related duties as assigned within skill and experience capabilities. Must have graduated from high school or an equivalency program.  At least 10 years experience in a facility maintenance department as a mechanic or other tradesperson is required.  A minimum of 3 years lead experience is required.  Must possess a Grade I Wastewater Treatment Operators license and valid driver’s license.  Application Period: 7/18/16 to 8/1/16. Read more.

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Annual Trade Show and Clambake

NWPCA’s annual trade show and clam bake is coming up on Friday, September 9, 2016 returning to the Twelve Acres Banquet House in Smithfield.

This is NWPCA’s premier educational and networking event.  There will be 40+ vendors exhibiting wastewater-related products and services.  This year’s event will again include scholarship presentations, raffles, Ops Challenge Pipe Cutting Competition (prizes awarded), RI DEM Operator Boot Camp graduation and horseshoe tournament.   There is still time to sign up if you are a vendor and interested in showcasing your latest products and services to Rhode Island-based wastewater operations and maintenance professionals.

For more information: 2016 Trade Show Clam Bake Flyer.

The deadline to RSVP is September 1st  (Vender deadline is August 26th)

Venders: 2016 Trade Show Contract

Contact:
Janine Burke at janineburkewells@gmail.com or 401-743-0122
Peter Connell at pconnell@rirrc.org or 401-942-1430, ext. 220

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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT

NWPCA is excited to announce a training opportunity on Tuesday August 16th 8:30 until 11:30 am at the Narragansett Bay Commission Field’s Point Education Room.  This presentation and hands-on training will focus on Basic Microbiology for Activated Sludge processes. Please see flyer for details. It is only $10 for members and $30 for non-members (includes a 1-year NWPCA membership).

Pass the word and don’t miss out on learning about the BUGS!

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