October 25 - 26, 2019 - Hands-On Training at a Full Scale Water Plant

For many years Virginia Tech (VT) has hosted the Annual Summer Short School for Operators. Although the program has been very successful, participants have often asked for more hands-on activities. Now, under the auspices of funding from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), we are able to offer a program that focuses on hands-on exercises at a full-scale plant in Salem, Va. With this funding, scholarships are available to participants to cover much of the cost. The actual instruction will primarily be offered by the experts, i.e., supervisors and lead operators at the plant, and my role is to provide background information for the exercises and lead group discussions. This program is designed to demonstrate and supplement lessons learned in the annual summer short courses at Virginia Tech. Our goal is to offer training that will help operators understand the function of treatment systems, operate their systems optimally, and produce safe water. The general public does not necessarily understand the steps in water treatment, but relies on operators to provide safe, palatable water. Operators therefore bear one of society's largest responsibilities.

We hope that this course becomes one more in the series of fine courses that VT and VDH have partnered to offer. It is also important to thank and acknowledge the extensive efforts of the City of Salem Water Department and Continuing and Professional Education at Virginia Tech in offering this course.

For more information and to register visit: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/handson/index.html

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