The NIOA Newsletter - March 2019 Edition

Good Morning Friends of the NIOA!

March Training - Waterloo Water Pollution Control Facility. Plan to join us at the Waterloo WPC on Wednesday, March 13 for a tour of their activated sludge treatment plant, followed by training at the Historic Waterloo Depot. Registration begins at 10A, the tour will begin at 10:30A. Lunch will be provided at the Depot after the tour, and a presentation will follow. Please RSVP no later than 5:00p on Monday, March 11th.

IWEA Operators Challenge. The annual Operator's Challenge will be in northern Indiana on Tuesday May 14th, at the Nappanee Wastewater Treatment Plant! This is a great opportunity to learn and to sharpen your skills in areas such as Biosolids/Land Application, Laboratory Operations, Operation & Maintenance, Collection Systems and Safety. The NIOA will pay all registration fees for a couple teams to participate! Contact any of your NIOA Board Members for more information or check out IWEA's link. . Engineering Consultants & Contractors - please consider participating and recruiting some of your municipal clients to make this event successful!

IWEA Annual Conference - Call for Abstracts. The annual conference will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, August 21-23! The annual conference always attracts a great variety of equipment provides, muncipal services and professional consultants, as well as a diverse 3 days of training! The call for abstracts (presentations) is open through this Friday (although a little birdie told me that it will probably be extended for at least another week). Nobody likes to present, but everyone wants to hear about interesting topics....this is your opportunity to share that project that your utility did, or a different method of doing something that others might find valuable. IWEA consistently hears that Operator-led presentations are some of the most enjoyed presentations out there. As an incentive, your registration is free for the day that you present! Again, Engineering Consultants & Contractors -- we encourage you to consider a joint presentation with one or more of your municipal clients to encourage them to get involved.

NIOA Doug Brookhart Scholarship - Nominations Needed. We are also looking for nominees for the 4th annual Doug Brookhart Scholarship! As a tribute to Doug Brookhart, his support for NIOA and his assistance in all aspects of the important work done by plant operators, a scholarship has been created. The Scholarship consists of paid registration to the annual IWEA conference – all three (3) days, including lunches, hotel reservations at conference hotel for two (2) or three (3) nights, parking and $50 VISA gift card for meals. Estimated value = $1,100. Nominations are requested from all members by the June meeting. Please contact Mike Franke for more information or to nominate someone. If you are interested in donating to help the NIOA fund this scholarship, more information can be found here.

Wastewater 101 - Operator Exam Preparation: Barb Smith will be holding a two day, pre-certification test training class in the Kendallville Police training room, located at 234 South Main Street April 30th  & May 1st. More information HERE. Breakfast & Lunch provided both days.Barb has created a training exam (and an answer sheet) - find the exam HERE and the answers HERE!

IWEA Core Conference: The Core Conference will be hosted by the IWEA Laboratory, Operations & Maintenance, and Residuals & Resource Recovery Committees.  Forum topics will provide discussion on the core aspects of wastewater treatment and the beneficial reuse of wastewater treatment residuals. Mark your calendars for March 20, 2019! More information and registration information can be found on the IWEA Website.

IWEA Collection Systems Certification Exam: The Indiana Water Environmental Association will be holding two Collection System certification exams in Kendallville, April 25th & October 24th.  Related material attached HERE. Applications for the exam can be obtained at the IWEA website or HERE.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) Collection Systems Conference: WEF is coming to Indiana in June with its annual Collection Systems Conference! IWEA staff and volunteers are actively working with WEF to provide an outstanding opportunity to participate in a world class conference, right here in Indiana! View the conference program HERE, and find more information on at the IWEA and WEF websites.

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