Category: Professional Development

WEF Training (webcast)

“Corrosion: Causes and Controls”

Date: 2/10/16 from 1-3pm
Details: Corrosion plagues every wastewater plant facility, equipment, lift station, and pipeline. While corrosion is basically unavoidable, the long term costs and headaches associated with it can be controlled and minimized. This webcast will provide information on the sources or corrosion and mechanisms by which it starts and spreads. Chemical effective at reducing odors compounds (particularly hydrogen sulfide) in the atmosphere at plants will be discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of each will be presented. More aggressive corrosion control through coatings, linings, and timely maintenance or rehabilitation will be the final presentation. Click here for more information.

Categories: Professional Development Training

Find Your Bacteria Sources – Microbial Source Tracking Webinar

Join us for a webinar on July 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT.

Register online now!

Source Molecular would like to extend an invitation to all of you to participate in our *20-MINUTE* Microbial Source Tracking Webinar Presentation. Our laboratory provides testing that can help to identify the sources of fecal contamination in water bodies.


The agenda of the presentation is as follows:

* Microbial Source Tracking (What is it and why is it useful?)

* Effective tiered approach to detecting fecal sources

* Using the newest U.S. EPA Patented/Developed Methods for MST

* Supporting TMDL, Stormwater Management, CSO, MS4 Permits, and Beach Monitoring

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Categories: Professional Development Training

Free Emergency Seminar & RIWARN Tabletop Exercise

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

The event will consist of a seminar with presentations and a tabletop exercise (TTX). The seminar presentations will cover topics related to RIWARN, as well as water and wastewater preparedness and response. The TTX will be based on a hypothetical incident designed to bring together water, wastewater, county and state agencies, and public safety to discuss roles and responsibilities. This seminar and TTX are open to member utilities and non-member utilities, as well as response partners that are interested in learning more about RIWARN.

If you are interested in attending this FREE event, please register online.  Seating is limited to 50 people.

Categories: Professional Development Training

Training – Principles & Practices of Wastewater Treatment

July 21st – Sept 1st, 2015

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. 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.

The course is sponsored by the RI Board of Certification of Operators of Wastewater Treatment Facilities. Individuals working as wastewater operators in RI may be able to get a Grade 1 license in accordance with state law with the successful completion of this course and appropriate application to the Board of Certification.

If you are interested in attending this class, please print out the registration form and send in with check, purchase order, or credit card.

You can also register online with a credit card.

Categories: Events Professional Development Training

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 or 401-461-8848 (ext. 450)

Full details: Clarifier Workshop

Categories: Events Professional Development Training

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 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

Categories: Professional Development Training


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 or 401-461-8848 (ext. 491)

Full details: Blueprint Reading

Categories: Professional Development


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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Basic Microbiology of the Activated Sludge System in Wastewater Treatment

February 18, 2015


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 or (401) 743-0122

Full details: Basic Microbiology



Categories: Professional Development Training