Vail PWO Seminar

October 17, 2018

24th Annual RMWEA/PWO Vail Operator Training Seminar

New Location!!
Lionshead Grand View Room in Vail, Colorado

395 E. Lionshead Circle
Vail, CO 81657

$90 for members. Non-members may join RMWEA as an associate member for $35 and then register as a member.

Registration includes lunch and refreshments.
Seminar starts at 8:00 am


For more information contact Tim Drescher at 970-477-5495 

24th Annual RMWEA PWO Vail Operator Training Seminar

October 17th 2018
Lionshead Grand View Room in Vail, Colorado
8:00 – 8:15 am
8:15 – 9:15 am
Mechanical Seal Applications for Water & Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Bruce Kempton, Vice President- ABI, Inc.
The world of mechanical seals can be a large and complex one. Bruce will cover a variety of issues as it relates to not only understanding, but also choosing which seal option for your pump is right for you. Traditional pump packing applications will be discussed, as well as an overview of basic mechanical seal properties. We will then dive a little deeper into a range of seal options for a variety of pumping applications, materials, designs, etc… while considering the lifespan and cost saving options that owners/operators should contemplate when they inevitably stumble upon an often-overlooked component of protecting pumps: their seals!
9:15 – 10:15 am
Designing for Zero Odors? Developing a Plan for Controlling Odors at the Avon WWTF as Part of a Major BNR Upgrade Project
Neil A. Webster, P.E., CEO, Webster Environmental Associates, Inc.
The presentation will cover odor testing and sampling, as well as the basics of odor sensory analysis. Alternative odor control technologies will be described and odor modeling will be used as a tool to select the best odor control approach to meet the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District goals. The specific study, findings and long-term solutions as it relates to the Avon WWTP will be presented.
10:15 – 10:30 am
10:30 – 11:30 am
Regulation 100 Facility Classification Section Updates - Project History, Status & Possible Changes
David Kurz, Lead Wastewater Engineer, CDPHE
The Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board asked the Water Quality Control Division to update the facility classification sections of Regulation 100 to align with current technologies and operator certification testing. The project began in mid-2017 and is now far along with an expected Board rulemaking hearing in November 2018. The presentation will describe the project history, status, possible changes, and expected implementation schedule.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Integrating Instruments into Process Control to Meet Nutrient Limits
Deb Herman and Dmitriy Zinchenko, Project & Environmental Engineers, Tetra Tech
Growing populations and new nutrient limits are forcing many Colorado facilities to make changes in their treatment process. At the same time, aging infrastructure and the need to “do more, with less” are driving new construction and changes to operating concepts.  These factors are a perfect opportunity to install new monitoring instruments or replace existing ones; the real benefit of instrumentation is how you can use it to enhance process control. In this presentation, we will describe basic process controls, and then go beyond them to show how instrumentation can be leveraged, in conjunction with advanced control strategies, to improve plant operation and performance.
12:30 – 1:15 pm
1:15 – 2:15 pm
Our Future as Clean Water Professionals
Steve Walker, Operations Assistance Group Leader, Carollo Engineers, Inc.
Tougher permits, complex technology and increased public awareness demand more from facility operators.  We will discuss what skills are required now, and which ones may be in more demand in the future.
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Designing Regulation 85 Improvements: An Owner’s Perspective
Peter Bong, Water/Wastewater Superintendent, Centennial Water and Sanitation District
CWSD is embarking on improvements to meet Regulation 85 TIN and TP limits. Lessons learned from the owner’s point of view will be shared; including level of service goals, equipment pre-selection benefits and the impacts of the current construction climate.
3:15 – 3:30 pm  
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Genetic Analysis of Wastewater Microbial Communities
Junko Munakata Marr, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
Molecular biology tools can be a really cool approach to characterize wastewater treatment microbes and can provide loads of information about who is present. But how useful is it? Junko will describe some of the characterization methods, what kinds of information they provide, some of their limitations, and potential for useful insight into process performance.



Past Vail PWO Seminar Presentations

*RMWEA sponsored training is offered at member and non-member prices. Generally, non-member registration fees are $35 higher than member fees for one-day seminars and training events. Non-member prices include a one-year associate membership in RMWEA if desired. Non-members must pay non-member registration fees regardless of whether they decide to become associate members. Attendees who choose to become members will receive our bi-monthly journal, RUMBLES, and our monthly electronic newsletter, e-Rumbles. New members are eligible to attend future training events at member prices.