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NEWEA Wastewater Facility Safety Survey for 2016 Work Year

The NEWEA Safety Committee is seeking feedback from your facility for our Annual Wastewater Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to:

  • Increase safety awareness and minimize accidents/injuries.
  • Collect regional accident and injury statistics and publish them for use by all wastewater professionals to benchmark their safety programs.
  • Identify those areas and activities where accidents and injuries are occurring so that we can all better focus our safety efforts and plan resources for these areas in the future.

We would like to thank all of the facilities that returned 2015 work year surveys and we strongly encourage all facilities to return the attached 2016 survey in order to help us increase the value of its results.

As a “thank you” for your time and participation, we will enter each facility name from the completed surveys into a random drawing where six (6) facilities will be chosen to each win a $50 gas gift card.

NOTE – One entry per facility.  

Completed surveys are due no later than May 15, 2017.

Click here for the 2015 Safety Survey Results: http://www.newea.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/NEWEA-CY-2015-Survey-Results.pdf

COMPLETE IT ONLINE – The Safety Survey remains available online for use by each participating utility, and may be accessed through the following link: http://www.newea.org/about-us/committees/safety-committee/wastewater-safety-survey/

For further information, please contact:

NEWEA Safety Committee Chairperson, Dave Aucoin (401-461-8848, x 418 or daucoin@narrabay.com).

The 2016 survey is also available on the NEWEA website: http://www.newea.org/

Thank you in advance for your participation,

NEWEA Safety Committee

 

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Job Opening

Town of Narragansett
Wastewater Plant Operator

 
Individual performs a variety of technical, semi-skilled, and labor work in the daily operation and maintenance of a municipal sewage treatment plant and collection system.  Operates treatment facilities to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge, and effluent.  Monitors and interprets information from the SCADA system and records flows.  Collects and conducts analysis on samples. Performs routine and emergency maintenance on collection system (pump stations, generators, gravity and pressure sewer lines).

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  1. One (1) year experience working at a secondary wastewater treatment facility, and/or equivalent technical experience in the wastewater industry.
  2. Valid Grade I Rhode Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certificate, obtained through examination or reciprocity.
  3. Valid Rhode Island Driver’s License, with no restrictions that would limit or adversely affect insurability.
  4. High school diploma or GED.

For a complete job description, please visit www.narragansettri.gov

Please e-mail resume to the Human Resources Manager at shealy@narragansettri.gov

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2017 NWPCA Award Nominations

The NWPCA is requesting nominations for the Annual Awards Banquet, to be held on May 25th at the Potowomut Country Club.  Nominations will be accepted through March 31st. Please note that there is a new Life Time Membership Award this year.

We strongly encourage you to take a moment to nominate outstanding individuals so that they can be recognized for all the good work that is done in our industry.

Please FAX nomination forms to Paul Desrosiers at 401-461-0145 or email to pdesrosiers@narrabay.com.

2017 Award Nomination Form

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Job Opening

Mechanic I – NBC Field’s Point WWTP

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for performing a variety of preventative and general maintenance and repair on plant and facility equipment and machines.  Installs, maintains, and repairs machines and equipment in plants and related facilities.  Performs a variety of preventative maintenance on pumps, motors, hydraulic systems, and related plant and facility equipment within plant property and at remote facilities and locations.  Performs a variety of  maintenance requiring knowledge of plumbing, pipefitting, electronics, welding, small-engine repair, and other skilled trades.  Operates a variety of tools and equipment in the maintenance and repair of machines and equipment.  Completes work orders and paperwork regarding daily maintenance and repair duties.  Assists with inspecting the plant and related facilities for mechanical and equipment problems.  Works with other plant and NBC staff in the maintaining and repair of plant and facility equipment, such as operators, electricians, process monitors, instrumentation technicians, and others as appropriate.  Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Click here to view full job description: Mechanic I FP053

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Job Opening

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, Johnston, RI

Treatment Systems Manager
This position reports to the Director of Operations and Engineering and manages the various systems associated with the water/wastewater collection, conveyance, treatment, and discharge. This includes, but is not limited to, the Underdrain Treatment System, the Leachate Pretreatment Facility (LPTF), OU-1 Pump and Treatment System, the Leachate Collection and Distribution Systems (LCDS), and the facility wastewater collection and conveyance systems. This position ensures that the daily treatment and distribution activities of the various systems are performed in a safe, productive, and efficient manner, including scheduling, performance, and planning. This position directly supervises up to six employees, including mechanical/electrical technician, laboratory
technician, and field personnel.

Click here to view full job description: Treatment Systems Manager

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Job Opening

Maintenance Supervisor – NBC Bucklin Point WWTF

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
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.  Sets priorities, renders technical advice and provides supervision in the field.  Interprets policy and resolves issues/problems (personnel, union grievances, safety, maintenance questions, etc.).  Ensures all work is performed in accordance with NBC policy guidelines, maintenance SOP’s, State and Federal permit requirements and the union collective bargaining agreement.  Prepares daily reports (verbal and/or written) 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 including: Lock out/Tag out; confined space entry; hazardous waste handling; use of personal protective equipment, Right-to-Know requirements, etc.  Uses Hansen CMMS to input and extract work orders, equipment data, repair history, etc.  Performs other related duties as assigned within skill and experience capabilities. 

Click here for full job description: MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR

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Job Opening

Assistant E & I Technician – NBC Bucklin Point WWTF

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists in the installation, maintenance, and calibration of a variety of specialized instrumentation and equipment used in the monitoring, testing, and operation of treatment plants and related facilities as assigned.  Performs preventative maintenance, minor troubleshooting, and minor repair on specialized instrumentation and equipment within plant property and at remote facilities and locations as directed. Maintains appropriate records and reports regarding daily activities and maintenance and repair projects. Works with other plant staff, such as operators, process monitors, electricians, and mechanics to ensure to equipment is operating properly.  Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
High School Diploma, or G.E.D., and one year of process control or instrumentation repair experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Click for Full Job Description: Assistant E I Technician BP040

 

 

 

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Job Opening

PRETREATMENT INSPECTOR
CITY OF WOONSOCKET – WASTEWATER DIVISION

Conducts routine operation of the industrial pretreatment program to ensure safe and effective operation of wastewater collection and treatment systems.  Must be familiar with collecting samples in accordance to 40 CFR part 136. Must conduct inspections of all industrial users within the Woonsocket Regional Wastewater System adhering to pretreatment regulations. Associates degree in Chemistry, Biology or related science. Two years experience in Industrial Pretreatment. RI Grade II operator’s license
preferred.

The City of Woonsocket offers competitive pay and benefits. For more information, please visit our website at www.woonsocketri.org. Forward your resume and completed application to mferguson@woonsocketri.org. Mail: City of Woonsocket, Personnel Division, 169 Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. You may also apply in person to the Personnel Division, Woonsocket City Hall. EOE

 

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TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT

Suction Lift Pump School Seminar

This 4 hour workshop introduces and focuses on suction lift pumps and is geared towards existing pump users and others interested in this type of pump system.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Pump basics and system hydraulics
  • Multiple pump operation
  • Pump safety
  • Sustainable efficiencies

Instructors: Gorman-Rupp Pumps and Hayes Pump

Training has been postponed due to the pending storm.  New date TBD.

Cost is $10 for NWPCA Members and $30 for Non-Members (includes 1-year membership). Course qualifies for 4 TCHs.

Contact Nora Lough, NWPCA Training Committee Chair 
nlough@narrabay.com or 401-461-8848, ext. 450 to register.

Click here for full course details.

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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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