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Welcome New IAMU Electric Services Coordinator

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

IAMU has hired Jared Masker as the new Electric Services Coordinator. Jared started in his new position on Monday, Sept. 23. 

Jared comes to IAMU with several years’ experience as a journeyman lineman with Greenfield Municipal Utilities. Prior to GMU, Jared worked at Anita Municipal Utilities. He completed lineman school at Northwest Community College in 2010.

Tags:  Electric  Jared Masker  New Employee 

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Troubleshooting Noncompliance at the Smallest Wastewater Treatment Plants – Part 1

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is presenting a series of technical assistance webinars to highlight best practices for addressing noncompliance at small wastewater treatment plants.

This training, which is for owners and operators of small plants, was originally presented in 2016 by Ohio’s Package Plant Initiative. That initiative focused on small mechanical treatment systems that were in significant noncompliance (SNC) with their NPDES permits.

Webinar attendees will learn how to fine-tune their systems and troubleshoot common non-compliance issue using cheap, easy, and effective process control tools and methods to return the wastewater treatment plants to compliance.

This is the first of two webinars on this topic. This webinar will cover conversion problems (i.e., ammonia noncompliance). The second webinar, scheduled for November 13, will cover separation and disinfection issues.

Webinar Time: October 17, 2019 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Central

Registration Link:

Audience: Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, NPDES technical assistance providers and compliance staff from states, tribes, and US EPA. While all plant operators may find this useful, it is geared more toward smaller systems with flow of less than 1 million gallons per day.

Presenter: John van Dommelen, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Compliance Assistance Unit.

NDPES Expert Q&A Support: Louis Salguero and Cornell Gayle, US EPA Region 4, Science and Ecosystem Support Division Laboratory, Athens, GA.

References: Activated Sludge Process Control and Troubleshooting Training Manual, which includes a self-diagnostic troubleshooting chart.

Sponsors: EPA’s Office of Compliance Water Branch and the EPA-State Reducing SNC with NPDES Permits National Compliance Initiative (NCI) Workgroup.

Tags:  EPA  NPDES  Wastewater 

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National Observances: Public Power Week & Public Natural Gas Week is Oct. 6 - 12

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Electric and Natural Gas Members, it’s getting to be that time of year: Time for Public Power Week and Public Natural Gas Week.

These two national observances both take place Oct. 6 - 12. This is a time when you can bring awareness to what electric and natural gas utilities do for your communities. Both the American Public Power Association and the American Public Gas Association make customer-outreach materials available for use.

Public Power Week

Public Natural Gas Week

IAMU will share electric and natural gas posts on social media throughout the week of Oct. 6 – 12. If you don’t already follow our social media accounts, consider doing so and then feel free to share any of our posts on your social media.

Tags:  Gas  Public Natural Gas Week  Public Power Week  Water 

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Make Sure to Keep Your Emergency Notification Contacts Up to Date

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It was brought to IAMU’s attention by an IAMU member updating his utilities’ IUB Emergency Notification Contacts that other utilities may need to update their contacts with the IUB and the railroads. If you haven’t checked on your contact information recently and have had any staff changes, you may want to review your contact information with these groups.

Tags:  Emergency Contact  IUB 

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Registration is Now Open for the 25th Annual Water & Wastewater Operator’s Training Workshop

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

This yearly training is a must for any water and wastewater professionals wanting practical information to help them do their jobs.

The workshop will take place Nov. 19-21 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines-Northwest in Urbandale.

The three-day workshop includes basic and advanced topics on water treatment, water distribution, and wastewater. Attendees can earn up to 1.2 CEUs toward certification, plus get a chance to connect with other municipal water professionals from around the state as well as check out products and services from water-related vendors.

For more information about the workshop or to register, go to:

Tags:  Water  Water Workshop 

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