Small Systems Committee
Jon Meyer, Chair
Small Systems Committee again had a solid turn out for the Small Systems
Operator Day at WATERCON 2013. This is
the second year in a row that the Small Systems Committee hosted their own operator
day which is geared towards nuts-and-bolts training for minimally staffed
utilities. However, the topics really do apply to both small and large systems
conference room was jam packed with participants. Pat Gleason from the Illinois
Rural Community Assistance Program moderated the sessions.
Nelson from Illinois Rural Water Association provided information on the
- Boil orders and discussion of the requirements
Control and Protection
operations drew a large audience as small system operators will contract
themselves to other utilities. Wayne touched on some of the major issues
surrounding contractual operations such as the type of insurance coverage that is
required in the event there is a problem with the water supply. For example, if
there is a sickness that is somehow traceable to the water supply, who is
responsible? The second topic, boil
orders, is always a sensitive subject; especially knowing when to activate a
boil order and the process. Wayne provided real world experience to this topic
for attendees, to not just understand the theory, but to see different ways to
implement a boil order. Traffic control
and protection included a classroom presentation as well as a field test. Participants enjoyed the field test as it was
an active way to test their knowledge.
Stenzel from Illinois American water provided a great overview on how to
properly sample. Did you know that the type of protective gloves you wear could
negatively affect your sample results?
Lori was asked real world questions, and responded providing a very
sound platform to transfer her solid knowledge of sampling to participants with
varying sampling backgrounds.
Wilson from smallwatersupply.org presented an overview of his website which
offers a wealth of free information to the water industry. This information is
also useful to larger systems as well as others in the water industry as it
captures a huge array of topics and efficiently filters them for you to easily
find topics of interest. Small system operators that don’t have many, if any at
all, resources to rely on, find this site very useful to them.
day concluded with a trip to the Sangamon Water Treatment membrane filtration plant
with a tour by Tim Hasara of the South Sangamon Water Commission. Tim gave attendees a basic bare bones tour of
how the plant operates, and process optimizations he has installed at the
plant. WesTech also gave attendees
detailed information on the membranes used at the plant including operation and
day was long, but small systems attendees and the small system scholarship
awardees that attended finished the day feeling that the day was well
spent. The Small Systems Committee is
committed to nuts and bolts training, so if you are interested in this, you
should attend next year’s Small System Operator Day. If you are interested in participating in the
Small Systems Committee, or have questions, please call me at 312-780-7754.
you all that attended our Small System Operator Day!