April 16, 2012
Vast Amount of Operator Training Throughout the State
By: Ron Eisele
I recently attended the Virginia Rural Water Association’s Annual Conference held in Roanoke. It was good to finally meet a lot of the operators I have been in contact with over the last year. I especially liked the Casino Night they held on Tuesday evening. If you were there you know what I’m talking about, if you weren’t you sure missed something special. I was mostly hanging out with the Assistant Utilities Director, Michael Smith and the Chief Operator Raymond Bryant, both of Southampton County. They were in good spirits because they had just won the “System of the Year’ Award. I am also pleased because Timmons Group designed that treatment facility.
In talking about the conference, I started to think about all the other types of training available to the operator here in Virginia. We have the VRWA Association’s classes all during the year. Timmons Group will be teaching an Introduction to Wastewater and Water class four times this year throughout the state. The first one will be held in Culpeper this month. We also have VAWWA and the Water Jam in September, with all their classes. There is the 23rd Annual Water Distribution and Utilities Rodeo coming up and VAWWA Plant Operators Conference shortly after that. I have seen Stormwater seminars, Laboratory seminars, safety seminars, you name it, I am sure it is out there.
The bottom line is there is no shortage of opportunities for operators to get their yearly training in. Acquiring your annual amount of CEU’s should not be a problem. Learning the latest technology in our profession is only a seminar away, and if your agency cannot send you to one, I am sure we can bring the class to you. So, I hope to see you at the next training session, be safe and stay out of the clarifier.