2022 Fall Conference Recap
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Emerging Contaminents & Why's of Wastewater

March 30, 2023 - Monon, IN

Emerging Contaminents: This session covers 3 of the emerging contaminants listed by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Emerging Contaminants and Federal Facility Contaminants of Concern List.

Why's of Wastewater:  This course will go through the “Why’s” of wastewater explaining why certain processes, whether lab or technical processes, are performed. This class will cover the general concept of asking why certain tasks are done, why “We’ve always done it that way” doesn’t provide a good understanding to what is going on at the facility. The course will also get into the purpose or significance of each step to different lab procedures asking why each is important and what data we are trying to collect.

Instructor: Lorean Johnston & Pete Crowl, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water 

Cost: $30 members / $60 non-members / FREE if no CEUs are needed.*

*If no CEUs are needed register using the item "Emerging Contaminents & Why's of Wastewater- No CEU's". It is not necessary to register for both items.

Contact Hours: 5 Technical Wastewater - pending IDEM approval

Phosphorous Removal Part ll (Hybrid)

February 23, 2023 - Columbus, IN

Course Description: Phosphorous Removal sessions and this one will expand on the Biological Phosphorous Removal in Activated Sludge Plants. Creating aerobic and anaerobic environments by using selector tanks to promote the growth of Phosphorous Accumulating Organisms for the Luxury Uptake of Phosphorous is the main focus.

Instructor: Rex Blanton, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water 

Cost: $30 members / $60 non-members / FREE if no CEUs are needed.*

*If no CEUs are needed register using the item "Phosphorus Removal Part ll" - NO CEUs". It is not necessary to register for both items.

Contact Hours: 5 Technical Wastewater *Waiting approval from IDEM

Emerging Contaminents & Why's of Wastewater

February 21, 2023 - Bluffton, IN

Emerging Contaminents: This session covers 3 of the emerging contaminants listed by the Environmental Protection Agency in the Emerging Contaminants and Federal Facility Contaminants of Concern List.

Why's of Wastewater:  This course will go through the “Why’s” of wastewater explaining why certain processes, whether lab or technical processes, are performed. This class will cover the general concept of asking why certain tasks are done, why “We’ve always done it that way” doesn’t provide a good understanding to what is going on at the facility. The course will also get into the purpose or significance of each step to different lab procedures asking why each is important and what data we are trying to collect.

Instructor: Lorean Johnston & Pete Crowl, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water 

Cost: $30 members / $60 non-members / FREE if no CEUs are needed.*

*If no CEUs are needed register using the item ""Emerging Contaminents & Why's of Wastewater- No CEU's". It is not necessary to register for both items.

Contact Hours: 5 Technical Wastewater - pending IDEM approval

Collection System Upgrades

January 24, 2023 - Rising Sun, IN

Collection Systems Upgrade- This session will cover Maintenance processes and  procedures for upgrading all types of collection systems. It will cover all types of sewer replacement and lining options

Instructor: Rex Blanton, Alliance of Indiana Rural Water 

Cost: $30 members / $60 non-members / FREE if no CEUs are needed.*

*If no CEUs are needed register using the item "Collection System Upgrades - NO CEUs". It is not necessary to register for both items.

Contact Hours: 5 Technical Wastewater - pending IDEM approval

Alliance wins NRWA Award of Excellence

Alliance wins NRWA Award of Excellence

Alliance wins the 2022 NRWA Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Training.

National Apprenticeship Week 2022

National Apprenticeship Week 2022

"NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. NAW is an opportunity to highlight how Registered Apprenticeship, a proven and industry-driven training model, provides a critical talent pipeline that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges such as rebuilding our country’s infrastructure, addressing critical supply chain demands, supporting a clean energy workforce, modernizing our cybersecurity response, and responding to care economy issues."

During National Apprenticeship Week 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor will highlight the following key themes:

  • Monday, Nov. 14: Registered Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15: Pre-Apprenticeship and Youth Apprenticeship
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: Expanding Registered Apprenticeship to Underserved Populations
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: Women in Apprenticeship
  • Friday, Nov. 18: Public Service Apprenticeship and Veterans in Apprenticeship

National Apprenticeship Week | Apprenticeship.gov

2022 Best Tasting Water in Indiana Named!

2022 Best Tasting Water in Indiana Named!

Fort Wayne City Utilities’ Water Named Best Tasting Water in Indiana during State Finals Competition!

Officials at the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water have found the best-tasting water in Indiana. On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, Fort Wayne City Utilities - Three Rivers Filtration Plant was announced as the winner of a state-wide competition to identify the tastiest rural water in the state...

October 2022 InfoLine

October 2022 InfoLine

October edition of the Alliance monthly membership newsletter! 

2022 Fall Conference Recap

2022 Fall Conference Recap

Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne, Indiana

The 2022 Fall Conference in Downtown Fort Wayne was the biggest one yet! We hosted 625 people at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

2022 Scholarship Clay Shoot / Golf Outing

2022 Scholarship Clay Shoot / Golf Outing

Indianapolis, IN

This year's Clay Shoot & Golf Outing was on Thursday, September 15 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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2022 Fall Conference Recap

2022 Fall Conference Recap

Grand Wayne Convention Center - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The 2022 Fall Conference in Downtown Fort Wayne was the biggest one yet! We hosted 625 people at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

 

On Tuesday evening, October 25, Carson Law welcomed everyone with appetizers and drinks at their gathering space just across from the Convention Center. It was the perfect kickoff to the conference, with an opportunity to meet some new people and network, grab a bite, and enjoy a cocktail, all with an absolutely amazing view of the Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball Stadium!

 

Attendees arrived Wednesday morning to a light breakfast and a welcome from Executive Director, Connie Stevens, and special guest, Senator Sue Glick! After Opening Session, attendees headed off to their preferred track of classes - Administrative, Water or Wastewater. Both Wednesday and Thursday, with the help of Fort Wayne Utilities, we were able to bring back the very popular Water and Wastewater Plant Tours! They were once again a huge hit! Wednesday afternoon’s luncheon in the Exhibit Hall featured the Best Tasting Water in Indiana Competition. Fort Wayne Utilities was crowned the tastiest in the state and will move on to compete in the Great American Water Taste Test in Washington, DC next year at the National Rural Water Association's Rural Water Rally. During the luncheon, we also had a special guest in the way of high school student Vidhatri Iyer from Carmel, Indiana, who presented her exciting work on Nanoplastic Detection in Water. Lastly, we recognized our recent Apprenticeship Graduates and highlighted this amazing program! After classroom sessions concluded for the day, the Exhibitor’s Reception kicked off with snacks, drinks, and the musical stylings of L.J. Johnston, which included our own Wastewater Circuit Rider, Lorean Johnston! As a fun way to finish off the night, we hosted a Hospitality Event in the Hilton Lobby, complete with snacks, drinks, a photobooth, and some live entertainment by an amazing local magician, Steve Vaught. It was the perfect time to wind down from a full day of classes while mingling with peers and friends. 

 

Thursday morning, everyone woke up to a delicious hot breakfast buffet before starting in on another day of classes. But first, our Annual Membership Meeting included the election of three board members: Jackie Hilgartner - At-Large, Tom Speer - District 2, and Nate Besse - District 1. All were elected for 3-year terms beginning in 2023. We also announced our two newly elected Advisory Council Members: Josh Hawley of Ziptility and Derrick Short of Advanced Rehabilitation Technology. They were elected for 3-year terms starting with Fall Conference 2022 and ending with Fall Conference 2025. Ben Glowinski from the City of Ligonier won the Kindle Fire HD during the meeting! 

 

The Sportsman's Raffle, which raises money for the WaterPac Fund and represents rural water and wastewater in Washington D.C., was a popular stop for our attendees and exhibitors! This year's Grand Prize Winner was Bob Hyatt from Covalen, who walked away with $1,500 cash! Bob and the guys of Covalen donated $300 back to the Alliance Scholarship Fund! How amazing of them! Bill Vaughn from Bluffton claimed the shotgun during our Shotgun Raffle! Our brand new app was a hit, and four people walked away with a prize from their engagement: 1st – Erin Michael of BBP Water Corp., 2nd – Becki Gaines of Portage Utilities, Tied for 3rd – Tracie Marshall of Portage Utilities + Angie Martin of Aqua Indiana – Fort Wayne.

 

Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, vendors, sponsors, Board Members and staff for helping make this another fantastic event!

 

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