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2021 Annual Trifecta - A Virtual Event


Join us for a day of virtual learning from multiple speakers! As you already know, this year's in-person Annual Trifecta was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it was last year. However, not to have you all miss out an a flurry of short classes for a second year in a row, we have decided to hold this year's Annual Trifecta as a Virtual Event!

We have had to adapt the way we offer classes in the past 18 months or so to keep all our participants, speakers, and staff safe, adn we will do the smae again with out annual conference. Please check out the details below for more information.

Class will be held Virtually on the Zoom platform. All participants will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone that has Zoom videoconferencing software installed, and a good internet connection. If you do not yet have Zoom, you can sign up and download here. Separate Zoom sessions will be arranged for each of the following classes. These links will be emailed to the registrants as we approach the Trifecta date of October 28, 2021.

Please be sure you update your screenname to include your name and system for attendance purposes.


REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
After submitting your online registration for MassRWA's 2021 Annual Trifecta: A Virtual Event, you will be added to the Class Roster shortly. You will receive a confirmation/reminder a few days prior to class containing the Zoom Links to attend classes.



Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Location: Virtual classes through the Zoom platform (we will email all registrants the Zoom links a few days prior to calss)

Class Fee (per registrant):
MassRWA Members: Free
Non-Members: Free



AGENDA

8:00am - 9:00am - Pressure Monitoring Through Fire Hydrants (1.0 Water TCH)
During this opening 1-hour session, we will be discussing the basics of water pressure in the beginning of the US water systems. Then we will move through the evolution of the water systems to different monitoring options we see in use throughout today's markets. The speaker will then highlight why water pressure is valuable to monitor, how it is used, and how it is monitored. We will conclude this session with a live look at a system in Oregon who is currently monitoring water pressure, followed with a short Q&A.

Instructor: Brad Whitaker, Kennedy/MH Valve
Mr. Whitaker has spent over 35 years in the water works industry. More recently, Brad has been employed with Kennedy Valve for the past 25 years. Prior to his current work, he worked for Red Hed Supply in New Hampshire for 3 years, and also worked for Scepter (now IPEX) Pipe for 7 years.


9:30am - 10:30am - Safety is No Accident: Pump Station Safety & Design (1.0 WW TCH)
Municipal utilities are made up of many different types of equipment that create safety concerns for operation, and wastewater collection systems are no different. This course will discuss the various types of equipment employed by wastewater collection systems and the inherent safety concerns related to their operation that must be considered during the design phase. The discussion will foucs on operator safety while working with equipment within wet wells, dry pits, valve vaults, or above grade enclosures. The course will demonstrate how to identify the safety hazards of differnt types of collection systems and the safety steps and procedures that need to be addressed when operating different types of equipment. Safety concerns covered will range from confined space entry, falls, electrical hazards, pinch points, lifting injuries, noise injuries, and exposure through gasses, liquids, solids, wastewater debris, and sharp objects. We will look at the different types of safey risks and how to protect our coworkers. This course will be a basic overview of safety in the workplace with emphasis on collection system equipment and PPE (personal protective equipment) that is involved in each activity. New administrators, operators, and designers wil be presented with how wastewater system design can mitigate safety concerns while still achieving the need for effecteive and affordable service.

Instructor: Joe Schmidt, Smith and Loveless, Inc.
Mr. Schmidt joined Smith and Loveless in 2000 as a certified code welder and welded on various equipment for five years. Whilel working with the Union, Joe founded the Safety Committee which is still active at Smith and Loveless. Joe then moved to Forman of the Weld and Fabrication Department, and managed both departments for seven years. The last five years Joe has worked in customer service and manged the Customer Service and Warranty Department. Joe is currently Manager of Municpal Pumping Systems for Smith and Loveless. Joe is an active member of The Safety and Security Committee of The Water Environmental Federation. Joe received his Bachelor's Degree in Manufacturing from Pittsburg State University in 2004, and Joe also holds his Master of Arts Degree in Business Communication in Project Management.


11:00am - 12:30pm - Chlorine Chemistry and the HACH CL17 (1.0 W & WW TCH)
The HACH CL17 is one of the most common chlorine analyzers in use for the water and wastewater industry today. Maybe you use one currently, have used one in the past, or are using something similar. Either way, this class offers attendees an introduction and overview of the CL17. Even if you use another analyzer, many of the functions and operations covered in this class are similar. As a result, this class is specially tailored for students regardless of their analyzer type, situation, and experience level. As usual, bring your questions, and we will be happy to address your difficulties and any troubleshooting you may need. This class will conclude with a Q&A.

Instructor: Tom Bahun, II, Tom's Water Solutions, LLC.
Mr. Bahun is the co-founder of Tom's Water Solutions, having spent most of his 30+ year career working with water/wastewater professionals. He has served seasonal water system owners and operators with practical assistance and education for over 15 years. Tom is a Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT), holds a Maine Class IV Water Treatement and Distribution Operator License, and a Grade 5 Wastewater Treatment Operator License. He is best known for his exceptional and straightforward training abilities, helping many water and wastewater professionals with their educational needs.

From 12:00pm - 12:30pm, MassRWA will hold their Annual Meeting, please stay on the call to get an update on your association from Dave Kaczenski, MassRWA Executive Director!


12:30pm - 1:30pm - L U N C H B R E A K


1:30pm - 3:30pm - Pandemic Response Training: Part I & II (2.0 W & WW TCH)
This course will focus on some of the more significant lessons learned so far from the COVID-19 pandemic and their impacts on our industry here in New England. We will explore the key financial, operations & maintenance, health & safety, and regularoty takeaways as well as important suggestions for improvement and resiliency. Highlighting real-world experiences and situations, this course is designed to help you be better prepared for pandemics.

Instructor: Thomas Bahun, III, Tom's Water Solutions, LLC.
Mr. Bahun is the co-founder of Tom's Water Solutions, offering technical support and consulting solutions throughout New England. He brings a diverse skill set, including an education in compurter science and cyber security, as well as additional technical, IT/IS, and technology expertise. Certified by the AWWA in AWIA Risk & Resiliency, he has also spent time as a lobbyist for the water/wastewater industry. This has allowed Thomas to become very familiar with the rules and regulations impacting you, which helps when working with compliance needs.


REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
After submitting your online registration for MassRWA's 2021 Annual Trifecta: A Virtual Event, you will be added to the Class Roster shortly. You will receive a confirmation/reminder a few days prior to class containing the Zoom Links to attend classes.


VIRTUAL CLASSES: ZOOM
During this global pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be holding classes virtually using the Zoom platform.

All participants will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone that has Zoom videoconferencing software installed, and a good internet connection. If you don’t yet have Zoom, you can sign up and download here.


CANCELLATION POLICY:
Individuals registered for one of our training classes, seminars, and/or confereces (such as the Trifecta) will be charged the class fee if we have not received notice of cancellation at least 48 hours prior to the beginnning of class. Anyone contacting MassRWA to cancel enrollment in a training session will receive a cancellation number. In the event of an emergency, which would prevent attendance, please contact MassRWA as soon as possible with the details.


CONSENT TO USE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES/VIDEO & RECORDINGS:
Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MassRWA's meetings, trainings, and other seminars constitutes an agreement by the attendee to MassRWA's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the attendee's image or voice in photographs, videos/videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audio files/tapes of such events and activities. This includes permission to record streaming events.


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