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THE KANSAS LIFELINE

July 2018

Nine Preconference Sessions 

Attended by 985 People

E

NGINEERS

' F

ORUMFOR

W

ATERAND

W

ASTEWATER

S

YSTEMS

Attendance: 33

The Engineers' Forum held at the

KRWA conference has proven to be

a popular and worthwhile feature. In

2018, the training provided an overview of the newly

released guidance for the use of Engineers Joint Contract

Documents Committee (EJCDC) documents on water and

wastewater projects with Rural Utilities Service (RUS)

Financial Assistance. Presentations also focused on the

Implementation of American Iron and Steel (AIS)

requirements. USDA Rural Development agency personnel

also presented the newly released E-PER capabilities for

engineers to deliver preliminary engineering reports to the

agency. This training was designed to help engineers,

environmental consultants, and other professionals who

assist applicants in preparing engineering and National

Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.

Presenters: 

Richard Boyles, USDA Rural Development, Newton, Kansas

Randy Stone, USDA Rural Development, Topeka, Kansas

Shane Hastings, USDA Rural Development, Topeka, Kansas

W

ATER

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PERATOR

F

ORUM

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REPARING

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C

ERTIFICATION

E

XAMS

Attendance:  238

The role of the certified operator is important to public

water and wastewater systems. Helping individuals prepare

for and accomplish passing the exams is a priority for

KRWA. This five-hour training offered water operators an

excellent opportunity to refresh and to review prior to taking

the operator certification exam on the last day of the

conference. Operators already certified also found the

session informative. With experienced KRWA staff

presenting, it can be no other way. The training review topics

including the following chlorination concepts (free vs.

combined, etc.), chlorine residual monitoring, sample

collection procedures (bacteriological, THM/HAA5,lead and

copper, etc.), well operation and maintenance; knowledge of

water quality issues; regulatory update/Maximum

Contaminant Levels (MCLs), and distribution system

operation, including leak detection, waterline disinfection

procedures, water loss, storage tanks, and more. Basic math

calculations including surface area, volume, chemical

dosages, water pressure, etc., were covered. 

Presenters: 

Pat McCool, Kansas Rural Water Association, Wichita, Kansas

Delbert Zerr, Kansas Rural Water Association, Manhattan, Kansas

W

ASTE

S

TABILIZATION

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ONDS

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N

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XCELLENT

T

REATMENT

S

OLUTION

Attendance:  239

Wastewater treatment by a

majority of public wastewater

systems is accomplished by

lagoons. And while many may

think lagoons are simple to

operate and maintain, the on-going

processes are far more complex. This training session was

attended by both new and experienced operators. The

training reviewed the biological processes that occur in

lagoons. Those attending were instructed how to help keep

discharging lagoons in compliance with effluent limits.

Attendees also learned how KDHE’s revised ammonia

criteria could impact lagoons. The training included

discussions on what to check for visually to determine if the

lagoon is operating satisfactorily. Other topics included

maintenance problems and solutions; troubleshooting

problems that may develop with lagoons; review of permit

requirements for both discharging and non-discharging

lagoons; how to interpret laboratory test results and properly

complete monitoring reports and how to produce a good

quality effluent and meet permit limits on a consistent basis

Presenters: 

Jason Solomon, Kansas Department of Health and Environment,

Chanute, Kansas

Jeff Lamfers, Kansas Rural Water Association, Mission, Kansas

Pre-conference

Sessions