The Private Well Class is a free online service to educate homeowners about their private wells. The next webinar, Water Quality and Your Private Well, will take place on February 27th, 2013 at 1:00 CT. To learn more or to register, click here.
Gayle Nybo, Database and Reporting Director at Midwest Assistance Program, has participated in the Private Well Class over the past month and encourages those with private wells or those interested in ground water protection to join her online tomorrow.
“As a private well-owner in a rural area that has experienced a large population growth over the last 10 years, I felt this would be a good opportunity to learn more about my well and what types of impacts there may be on my system’s water quality, quantity etc. as more wells are being drilled in my neighboring areas. The classes presented have been very informative. They provide easy to understand lesson formats (one lesson per week) with helpful diagrams. So far, through these lessons I have attained a more educated understanding of my water system and how it works, and what can be done to properly maintain it, alleviating the need for expensive repairs or replacement. The lessons also provide great resources to refer to in the future. I’m looking forward to learning even more from the upcoming webinars.”
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Last Thursday, I was able to attend a MAP Lift Station Training presented by MAP staff Pete Smith, Glen Lueck, and Jason Gorr. The agenda included a lift station overview filled with safety tips, a field maintenance demo performed by PeopleService, a maintenance and troubleshooting session, a “Jeopardy” game to test what we’d learned, and a wrap-up session. As a novice in the wastewater industry, every aspect of this training was informative and interesting to me. The combination of classroom instruction and an actual field demonstration was especially useful. Each MAP trainer brought their own knowledge and experience into the training, which provided for an enlightening and entertaining day. As I say in every blog, I have a new-found respect for those operators out there keeping our water clean and our wastewater flowing. To check out upcoming MAP trainings in your area, visit the MAP training page.
As a national conference, one may expect a large crowd with watered down workshops, presentations, and vendor exhibits; this was not the case in Dallas, TX when the AWWA hosted its 12th annual conference. The workshops, presentations, vendor exhibits, and networking provided for success stories, insight and know-how in the drinking water and wastewater fields, which can be applied in the field with rural communities. The workshops contained pertinent information on an array of technical, managerial, financial, regulatory, political, and workforce development tracks; unfortunately, it is impossible to attend all at one time! From the lakes of MN to the dry lands of Texas, this conference was a success, as it provided a deluge of information, tools, and resources for all who attended.
There is probably no other environmental area where the adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has as much meaning as it does with assets such as drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. It is our goal as Technical Assistance Providers to aid communities to better understand technical, managerial, and financial necessities of their utility’s infrastructure. In doing so, we hope the community itself will self-engage and be more proactive in addressing the system’s shortcomings and thus be a sustainable utility into the future.
MAP will be offering a free course: A Team Approach to Board Training – A Sustainable Utility Management Training Course, on July 11th, 2012 at the Sawmill Hotel and Convention Center in Grand Rapids, MN. Training topics include board responsibilities, legal meetings, finance and reporting, owner’s manual, rate adjustments, hiring an engineer, and emergency response plans/vulnerability assessments. Completion of this workshop leaves a public water system with valuable tools about their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. MAP staff will provide you with the tools and information you need to be the best purveyor of your drinking water and wastewater system.