Get On The Small Systems Bus!
Pat Gleason, Illinois Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) and Small Systems Committee Member
WaterCon 2013 will again feature a combined Operator and
Small Systems Day, starting with Meet the IEPA.
This first session gives the IEPA a chance to talk about changes at the Agency,
and participants a chance to ask questions directly of IEPA staff. Last year’s forum had very active
participation, and we anticipate the same for this year’s WaterCon. Following the Meet the IEPA session, the Operator
track and a Small Systems track will split into two (2) separate rooms. The Small Systems track (Training for
Minimally Staffed Utilities) is geared towards operators who are interested in
a more hands-on approach to issues facing the water industry while still
gaining valuable CEU’s.
Along with offering some of the more popular sessions that
were held during last year’s Small Systems track, and the addition of a Traffic
Challenge (taking place in the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza), we have added
a tour to the South Sangamon Water Commission Water Treatment Facility. Springfield’s CWLP has always graciously
hosted operators and other interested parties to various ventures at their
plant; however, sometimes a multi-million gallon surface water plant is not necessarily
relevant to folks who serve populations under 10,000.
Many of Illinois’ small systems are ground water
systems. This plant tour will feature a
ground water system that has incorporated more recent technologies. This in-plant training will include an
examination of their membrane filtration technology and zeolite softeners. While this water plant is not the smallest of
the small plants that are scattered around the prairie, this tour will
introduce operators to some new technology and provide a wealth of material for
those who are interested in ground water systems.
This tour will be hosted by our Small Systems Committee’s
own Wayne Nelson and the on-site operator Dan Held. The Small System’s committee has arranged for
a bus to transport operators to and from the plant from the Crowne Plaza.
Operators who attend will also receive CEU’s for this event.
Though part of the Small Systems track, this tour is
available to any participant of WaterCon, so at 3:00 p.m. come and get on the
bus - the more the merrier. Upon
conclusion of the tour, the Small Systems Committee will be convening for a
social hour at the Crowne Plaze starting at 5:00 P.M. You don’t have to be a member of the Committee
to come and share some great stories, good company, and learn more about our
committee and what we do.
If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel
free to contact out committee chair, Jon Meyer, at 312-780-7754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at WaterCon 2013!