It was proposed in 2014 and approved during the 2014 Annual WWOA Business meeting that all members achieving Lifetime membership status (present and future) will be able to renew their membership at a discounted rate of 20% of the current active membership rate. The only exclusion to this is for Honorary Members who are exempt from all WWOA dues. Two year membership renewal notifications are/will be sent to members based on their initial membership year in an odd/even year fashion. All members who joined the organization in odd years will receive a renewal notification in the future odd years (2015, 2017, etc...), and even year initial memberships will receive their renewal in all future even years (2016, 2018, etc...). If there is any question as to what year was your membership was initiated, please contact the Executive Secretary via email email@example.com or phone (608) 355-3081.
EBOLA: NOT A WATERBORNE ILLNESS
October 15, 2014
In response to utilities receiving questions from customers about Ebola's fate in the water supply, the Water Research Foundation generated this News Flash item and generously allowed us to share with our members.
The article includes facts about Ebola and offers resources to reinforce that Ebola cannot spread through the water supply.
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.
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.
The WWOA Photo Gallery has moved to flickr.com 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.
BROWSE PAST CLARIFIER ISSUES
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.
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.
This newsletter covers important updates to the program. See how wastewater operators will be grandfathered into the new NR114 Administrative Rule, meet new Operator Certification Program staff, read about exiting new online features, and learn about training opportunities.
"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 DNROpCert@Wisconsin.gov (please include your name and certification number in the email).
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
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 (6 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: http://sage.wi.gov/pdf/wwtpo/wwwtpo_apprenticeship_info_packet.pdf For questions or to get started with the program, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards at 608-266-3332 or www.wisconsinapprenticeship.org
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.
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: http://www.morainepark.edu/programs-and-courses/programs-of-study/Water+Quality+Technology/
Moraine Park also offers water certification preparatory courses...