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Join us for a great day of training and networking specifically designed for Water Distribution Operators and Managers.
Registration Fees
$75     Members
$95     Non-members
$45     Small System Rate **
$25     Retiree/Students
** Small Systems are classified as a public water system serving populations under 10,000 people
Program Schedule  (subject to change)
All session are eligible for Engineering CECs and have been approved for Water Operator CPEs.  

8:00 am    Seminar Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am    Thrust Restraint – What it is, Products Available, When to Use         
Dave Burns, Core & Main
The class will present past history & current products for thrust restraints. What are the concerns, field conditions and options on pipe, fittings, valves, and hydrants?  An overview of information for the utility owner to better understand their water distribution system  
9:30 am    Networking Break
9:45 am    Management & Supervision 
Doug Riseden, Krausz USA
This course is going to deal with management and supervision, which of course are two very different things. It is geared towards crew leaders, supervisors and directors but could assist crews with an understanding of management and even while management seem to fail them.  We are attempting to get those who supervise or manage to reflect on themselves and see if there aren’t ways for them to improve their performance and therefore the overall operation. 

11:45 am    Lunch (provided)
12:45 pm    Identify the Right Technology Solutions for Efficient Operations  
Shonia Holloway, CDM Smith
Water Utilities are facing ever increasing challenges, from new regulations, aging infrastructure, to dwindling budgets and personnel.  At the same time, the landscape of technology solutions is exploding with most utilities bombarded by marketing for new capabilities and complicated by the transition of the industry to SaaS business models along with frequent acquisitions and rebranding.  Identifying an appropriate technology backbone or ecosystem for your organization can be an overwhelming task. Let’s dive deep into how Western Virginia Water Authority and other utilities across the country are evaluating their existing systems and contrasting with emerging GIS, CMMS, asset management, and business intelligence tools to meet current needs of their organization and drive sustainable, continuous improvement.
1:45 pm    Networking Break
2:00 pm    Starting and Running an Effective Safety Program         
Jonathan Wright – City of Chesapeake
In 2016 OSHA placed restrictions on a company’s use of incentive programs that could be construed as punitive or could lead to the under reporting of accidents and injuries. Chesapeake Public Utilities’ Safety Incentive Program fell under this restriction and had to be modified to bring it to current standards. On August 31, 2016, we implemented a new Safety Recognition Program that encouraged both proactive reporting of hazards before accidents could occur and safe work practices that go above employees normal responsibilities. 

3:00 pm    Seminar Adjourned
Henrico County DPU Operations Facility
10401 Woodman Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060


Geneva Hudgins


Scott Parkins


Brian Whitenack