Category: Training


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

Categories: Professional Development Training


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

Attention Operators!!

Once again, the NWPCA will be participating in the New England Water Environment Association’s (NEWEA) Operator Exchange program. This is an excellent professional development opportunity open to all of our members but especially valuable for treatment facility operations and maintenance personnel.  The selected Exchange Operator gets to spend 3 days in another state, tour numerous wastewater treatment facilities, and meet a lot of other wastewater professionals.  Expenses are paid by the participating state associations.

This year, the RI operator will be visiting Massachusetts from Sept 21st – 24th.  Tours will include the Upper Blackstone and Deer Island treatment facilities.  The visit concludes at the annual operators’ association trade show held at the Wachusett Mountain Resort in Princeton, MA.

If you are interested in participating in the Operator Exchange program, please contact Janine Burke at (401) 743-0122 or by email.

Categories: Professional Development Training