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Illinois Section AWWA - E-Splash -  June 2013


Small Systems Committee
Jon Meyer, Chair

The 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

The conference room was jam packed with participants. Pat Gleason from the Illinois Rural Community Assistance Program moderated the sessions.

Wayne Nelson from Illinois Rural Water Association provided information on the following topics:

  • Contractual Operations
  • Boil orders and discussion of the requirements
  • Traffic Control and Protection

Contractual 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.

Lori 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.

Steve Wilson from 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.

The 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 maintenance items.

The 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.

Thank you all that attended our Small System Operator Day!

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