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April 18, 2014

The WWOA has been mandated by the DNR to provide operator training information for credit.

In order to be sure you will get full credit for attendance it is important that we have your DNR Certification number.

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Wastewater treatment plants become resource recovery plants

February 15, 2014

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The Wisconsin Wastewater Operators' Association is comprised of over 2,000 wastewater treatment plant professionals serving municipalities and industries throughout the State. The organization members pride themselves on the efficient, non-polluting operation of the Wisconsin wastewater treatment facilities.

Since 1967, the WWOA has helped educate the state's treatment plant operators, preparing them to make decisions which will insure harm does not come to the quality of the state's water resources.


Wonder what a Wastewater Operator does? Check out this link.





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  • Downloadable presentations from the 2013 Annual Conference have been added to the Published Papers Page
  • August Meeting Minutes for the combined Southeast & Lake Michigan Regions have been added to the Southeast Region Page ... also see the Southeast Region Photo Gallery for pictures!
  • Minutes for the Southern Region August meeting have been posted to the Southern Region Page.
  • The February 2014 issue of "The Clarifier" is now available on our Clarifier Archive Page. Follow the link or find it from the Clarifier page located under the Communicate tab.
  • Photos from past annual conferences have been uploaded to the Awards Page as well as the Photo Gallery on
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    New Scholarship Announcement:

    North Central Laboratories has generously offered a two year scholarship to a student enrolled in a wastewater related field in the amount of  $ 5,000.00.  The student will receive $ 2,500.00 for their Junior and Senior year for a total award of $ 5,000.00.  Students interested in applying for this scholarship should apply through the Scholarship Page. The WWOA scholarship committee will review the submitted applications and make the decision on the award recipient.   A big thanks to Mike Raynovic and NCL for their generous support of the WWOA and the wastewater field.

    ALSO - The scholarship criteria have been revised and WWOA scholarships are now open to full time students beyond WWOA member’s children and grandchildren. Please visit the Scholarship Page for complete criteria and application forms.



    Lifetime Membership dues amendment voted on during the WWOA Annual Business Meeting on October 24, 2013 in Stevens Point:

    In 2014 all new life members would continue to pay dues until that time they choose not to be an active member of the association.
    All life members as of October 24, 2013 are exempt from paying dues.


    The WWOA Photo Gallery has moved to It can still be seen by clicking on "Photo Gallery" located under the "Our Organization" tab. If you have photos you'd like to submit, please contact the webmaster.


    Take a trip down memory lane or see what happened last summer. "The Clarifier" has been digitized and electronified for your iPad reading pleasure. Download past issues HERE.


    It's a good time to Log In and check your personal info. While there, take the opportunity to select the email notifications found on the bottom of the personal info page. WWOA will send you an email based on which notices you choose to receive. Employment & Used Equipment postings, Training Events, Homepage updates, just to name a few. If you have any questions or trouble logging in, please contact the webmaster.


    Download printable membership applications.







    The DNR recently implemented electronic credit tracking and eliminated the paper credit slips. Instead of collecting paper credit slips at the end of the day, you will now check-out to claim your credits.

    If you do not check out at the end of the day, then it is assumed you did not stay for the entire training. Therefore, operators who fail to check out at the end of the day will only be granted half of the maximum number of credits.
    If you need to leave early, you must also check-out so you are granted the appropriate credit amount.

    For more information and to locate your online certification record, you may visit the Operator certification program Page or contact your local DNR Operator Certification representative.


    NR 114 Relating to Certification Wastewater Requirements

    NR114 is currently being revised to reflect advancements in treatment technologies along with changes in educational training methods. Please refer to the NR114 Code Revisions Fact Sheet for more information on the proposed changes.

    Information regarding the progress can be found here:


    "The Certified Operator" Goes Digital

    The August 2013 edition of The Certified Operator is now available online at:


    Please see the newsletter for important updates to the program. Learn about the future process for tracking continuing education credits electronically, read about how you can make a comment on the proposed NR114 code change for wastewater operators, and stay informed on upcoming training events.

    The August 2012 edition is available online at:

    "The Certified Operator" is the annual newsletter of the Operator Certification Program distributed in August to all certified Wastewater and Municipal Waterworks operators. The newsletter highlights program information and updates. DNR has recently begun emailing the newsletter to all operators who have an email address on file. If you are currently receiving the newsletter via regular mail and would like to receive future copies via email, please email your request to (please include your name and certification number in the email).

    If you still prefer to reveive a hard copy of the newsletter sent to you via US Mail please contact your regional coordinator, or visit the DNR website for more information.




    Lab Exam Review Course - Intro and Advanced Levels

    Intro Level Exam Review: Monday, April 28th, 2014 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Advanced Level Exam Review: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Location: American Family Training Center, Near Interstate 90/94/39, Madison, WI

    $25 for each day
    Taught by Rick Mealy and George Bowman - Wisconsin DNR
    This course will help operators prepare for the Lab Intro and Lab Advanced exams.
    Content from the DNR study guides will be reviewed and time will be allocated for any

    Registration Information: [exit DNR]

    You can fax the form in by Monday afternoon and then bring payment with them to the class.




    WATERTOWN, WI 53098

    Online registration is open on Tuesday April 15 at this link:

    For registration information, click here or contact Sue Krupp at Symbiont at (414) 291-8840


    Wisconsin's Water Library is a great resource for the educational needs of current and potential wastewater operators around the state.

    Anyone in Wisconsin is welcome and able to borrow the manuals from the library. There is a brief discussion here:

    Just has to fill out a book request form: and you will receive the manuals via your local public library using a library delivery network (free of charge). The manuals can be returned in the same manner.



    Great news for the future wastewater operators of Wisconsin: A Wisconsin Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Apprenticeship Program was implemented in the fall of 2011. The program was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (DWD-BAS) in partnership with the DNR. The two agencies worked closely with representatives from multiple municipalities, WWOA, and trainers in developing the program. The apprenticeship is a 3 year program that comprises approximately 5,568 hours of on-the-job learning and 432 hours of related instruction (offered online through Moraine Park Technical College). Both the trainee and employer benefit from participation in the apprenticeship program. Apprentices gain valuable on-the-job experience and attend wastewater classes while still earning an income. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices gain national recognition as a journey-level (highly-skilled) worker. In addition, pending approval of the proposed NR114 revisions, they will earn significant points towards advanced certification (9 of 10 required points). In turn, employers gain an educated and knowledgeable employee with on-the-job experience. For more detailed information on the apprenticeship program, download the following information packet: For questions or to get started with the program, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at 608-266-3332 or


    The Water Environment Federation offers FREE webcasts related to the fundamentals of wastewater operations.
    For more information or to register follow this link to the WEF Webcast page
    Many webcasts have been pre-recorded and can be scheduled at your convenience. They include: Wastewater Treatment, Biosolids, Collection Systems and Energy just to name a few.

    This months FREE webcasts:

    Asset Management State of the Practice:
    A Focus on Strengths

    Wednesday, April 23
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Cost: $0
    Sponsored by Woolpert

    Algae Bioreactors as a Cost-Effective Approach for Enhanced Nutrient Removal: Approaching It From All Sides

    Tuesday, April 29
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Cost: $0
    Presented in cooperation with WERF

    Continuing Education

    Participants may earn up to 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for participation in each webcast. Please note: Webcast participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit. See the individual webcast page for additional information.


    Moraine Park offers a two year Water Quality Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree program.

    This is an online program, so you can complete it in the comfort of your home, or where your computer takes you. This is a great program for those wishing to enter the profession as well as those in the profession that hope to advance their standing within an organization or to increase their potential for desired career placement. Advanced standing is available to those already working in the career field. Our accredited program is also transferable to a number of four year colleges, if you have interest in furthering your education. Water Quality Technology program link:

    Moraine Park also offers water certification preparatory courses...

    Click this link for the schedule and info, Not only will they prepare you for the exam with specific exam related information, the courses can also be used for continuing education.

    If you have problems accessing the links, try the MPTC website at:

    To register for a course call 1-800-472-4554 or 920-924-3207.




    Karen Harter, WWOA Executive Secretary
    PO Box 451
    Baraboo, WI 53913-0451
    Work 608-355-3081
    Fax 608-355-3082