Wisconsin Wastewater Operators' Association News

Thomas "Tom" H. Stebbins, age 49 of Beaver Dam, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.


Thomas "Tom" H. Stebbins, age 49 of Beaver Dam, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.

For those who didn't know Tom he was an active WWOA member, Sporting Clays participant and organizer.  

Our deepest condolences to Tom's family and friends.

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Packer Legend Gilbert Brown


Packer Legend Gilbert Brown set to deliver keynote presentation at the 54th Annual WWOA Conference.

WWOA Board of Directors proposing changes to the Articles of Incorporation and the ByLaws


Any time the Board proposes changes to these legal documents, some members get very concerned.  We assure you that the changes being proposed for the annual meeting in October are expected to be non-controversial and make sense logically.  The ByLaws Committee reviewed these documents back in January and determined that … Read More

June Clarifier Postponed


WWOA Members and Colleagues,


During these unprecedented times, the WWOA Board is working diligently to stay updated with the most current information from a number of reputable sources to make decisions regarding upcoming WWOA events.  The WWOA Board has decided to postpone the June issue of the Clarifier to … Read More

Toilets NOT Trashcans


In an effort to minimize sewer clogs and backups from the public flushing alternative toilet paper, NEW Water has created a public service announcement in four languages:





WWOA Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Dear WWOA members and colleagues,

Concerns over the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have continued to grow and we are taking this opportunity to encourage continued caution while avoiding panic. We believe it is important to stay abreast of current, relevant and accurate information from reputable sources, as well as … Read More

Tips and Tricks


Tips and Tricks


New Permit

-          Read through new monitoring requirements, note 4th year sampling

-          Read through standard requirements, these have been updated in recent years


Permit Applications

-          Due 180 days prior to permit expiration

-          Sample point description: make sure is updated and clear where … Read More

PFAS Testing



WWOA Members…


Most, if not all of you, are aware by now that the DNR has identified 125 wastewater facilities across the state and requested that they perform PFAS testing (at their own cost) of influent and effluent.  We have obtained permission to re-print a statement prepared by … Read More

Craig Lawniczak Retires After 43 Years at Green Bay WWTP



Click Here to read the full story.

Sharps Hazard


Safety Alert

We all know that sharps can present a hazard in our industry. This is a picture of a needle we came across in a mass of rags and grease at our head works as were separating them from a cable. Our operator actually said to watch for them … Read More

What happens after you flush in LaCrosse?


What happens after you flush in LaCrosse?

Check out the VIDEO


2019 Clarifier deadlines


Clarifier deadlines 2019
Issue             Deadline
February        January 11, 2019
April              March 15
June              May 10
September     August 2
December      November 8

NACWA Platinum Award Winners


WWOA would like to share this video with all of our members and non-members alike.  It is always great when our fellow colleagues working to protect and reclaim water are recognized for their work.  The video is of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA0 Platinum award winners for 2018, … Read More

Leo Templeton


The Wisconsin Wastewater Operators’ Association lost someone special this week.   Longtime friend of WWOA and the industry, Leo Templeton, age 96, passed away on Monday, July 2nd.   Leo was a mentor to many in the industry and to WWOA.  After his time in the United States Army during World War … Read More

Passing of a Friend


The Wisconsin Wastewater Operators' Association lost a friend, not only to WWOA but to the industry as well.  Jim Miller, MNWOA Secretary/Treasurer, passed away May 21, 2018.  Jim was a Lifetime Member of the WWOA and a fixture with our Operators' Competition as a judge and mentor.  Many members have … Read More

Water Conversation


Derrick Lopez, is a junior at the Wisconsin Dells High School.  He and his fellow classmates from his Science/Economics class were asked to raise awareness on water conservation as it is a huge epidemic in parts of the world.  Through his course study, Derrick found this great article on water conservation (Read More



Guide to What You Can and Can't Flush and Put down the Drain


This resource was developed to help educate residents about effectively desposing of wastes that can or can't go through the household drains and flushes.  It's … Read More

EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billioin in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.  Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a … Read More

MATC - 50th Anniversary


Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) celebrated 50 years of education in the fields of Environmental Health, Water and Wastewater Technology, Environmental and Pollution Control Technology, and Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology.  Among the graduates of these programs attending were WWOA members Andy Helm (Crane Engineering), Nate Tillis (Waukesha WWTP), Mike … Read More

Moraine Park Technical College Courses


MPTC - Wisconsin Water Operator Certification Training Courses from January 2018 - May 2018.   

MPTC is offering numerous courses for WI Water Operator Certification.   For a list of the courses available, campus location, and credits available, click here.

To monitor any changes to … Read More

Government Affairs Seminar


Registration is now open for the 2018 Government Affairs Seminar.  GAS will be held on Thursday, February 22nd at the Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center in Middleton, WI.  This seminar provides municipal officials, treatment plant operators, consultants, and government employees with an overview and update of current issues.  … Read More

2017 Southern Operator of the Year


Submitted by: Southern

Kevin Freber - City of Watertown WWTP

Southern Region Tuition Aid


Submitted by: Southern

The Southern Region is proud to announce their tuition aid program for continued education of WWOA Southern Members through the attendance of Wisconsin DNR approved advanced course work related to wastewater treatment or for credit courses at an accredited university, college or technical school while working towards a degree related … Read More

MATC - Looking for Photos and Stories


Milwaukee Area Technical College will be celebrating 50 years of educating past, present and future professionals in air, water, and food protection in March of 2018.  Everyone is invited to attend and see previous classmates, network and learn about potential careers in air, water and food from MATC graduates and … Read More

Changes to the MDL (LOD) determination procedure


On August 28, 2017, the EPA issued a final rule notice that changes the procedure to determine an MDL effective 9-27-2017.  We have opted to allow a gradual progression into the new requirement that allows labs to continue with their existing MDL/LODs until September 1, 2018.  This date coincides with … Read More

2018 WWOA Conference October 16th thru October 19th


Hotel reservations are now open for the 2018 WWOA 52nd Annual Conference.   The 2018 Conference will be located at the Grand Geneva Resort in beautiful Lake Geneva, WI.

Conference will run from Tuesday, October 16 and run through Friday, October 19, 2018.   You can reserve your hotel rooms now.  Click … Read More

2017 Conference Abstract


The 51st Annual WWOA Conference Abstract is now available to download in a PDF format.

For a more in depth look at the Pre-Conference Workshops and all of the Technical Sessions, please download a copy of the 51st Annual Conference Abstract.

With this ABSTRACT you can plan which … Read More



Calling all inventors....   We have expanded the annual Tips and Tricks this year to feature "Tricks of the Trade".  Now is the time to showcase your invention, innovation, ideas, "tool of all tools", management practice, etc.   So come on, it's time to TOOT YOUR OWN HORN, like Tom Dickson's … Read More

Treating wastewater at the bottom of the world


A story that comes from Jeanne Sabin, a certified wastewater treatment plant operator hailing from Sacramento, California.

Click here to hear her story:




WWOA has been invited to participate in a project to understand and improve integration of distributed energy into water and wastewater utilities.  This project is funded by the Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation, the University of Queensland Australia, in partnership with Conrad Research Associates, The … Read More

Jeffrey J. Wunrow


Jeffrey J. Wunrow

May 7, 1955 – April 28, 2017


It is with a heavy heart that we say good bye to a good friend and fellow member.

Jeffrey J. Wunrow, age 61 of Antigo, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at his home.

Jeff worked for the City … Read More

Medford city utility continues tradition of excellence




NEWS EDITOR - The Star News
When it comes to city services success is measured by if clean water comes out when a faucet is turned on and waste goes away when toilets are flushed. … Read More