This course is primarily designed for waterworks operators, distribution system workers and inspectors, water utility field technicians, and others interested in a career in the drinking water industry. The short course will consist of virtual lectures and live and pre-recorded demonstrations. Included among the course topics and activities are safety (proper lifting, preventing falls/trips, excavation, confined space and much more), O&M of fire hydrants, tanks, meters and other components of a distribution system, pipe repair, flushing programs and procedures, leak detection procedures, proper sampling procedures (e.g., for disinfection by-products, TCR, plate counts) and relating results to the O&M of the distribution system. Also included are water quality control, using methods such as flushing, modifications to tank operation, and re-chlorination.


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Section Title
Operation and Maintenance of Distribution Systems
Online, fixed date
Oct 17, 2022 to Oct 28, 2022
Contact Hours
Fees starting at $25.00
Section Notes

Location: Canvas - Zoom

If you do not already have a Zoom account, download the Zoom app: https://zoom.us/. Select “SIGN UP, IT’S FREE” in the top right corner of your screen and follow the prompts to create your account. Your attendance will be verified by the name and email address in your Zoom profile; please use the same information you used when registering for this event. If you already have Zoom, please make sure to update to the latest version by going to: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Upgrade-update-to-the-latest-version

This course will utilize the Canvas learning management software to house digital course materials, as well as Zoom for live instruction. No paper materials will be provided for this course. If registering with a .edu or .gov email address, please provide a secondary email for Canvas log-in credential set up.

Program Schedule: 
Monday, October 17th
8:30 am – 9:30 am - Welcome, Course Objectives, Canvas Overview

Self-paced modules/quizzes open for viewing from Monday, 10/19 until Friday, 10/28

Wednesday, October 26th
8:30 am – 9:00 am - Live Discussion & Review

Friday, October 28th 
12:00 pm – Final Quiz due

Self-paced modules/quizzes close at noon

Refund and Cancellation Policy: Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the program start date. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the student portal in our online registration system. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail cpeinfo@vt.edu to request a substitution. Please note: refunds will not be issued for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after the program start date. 

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Additional Information: Links for the day's sessions, as well as any course materials, will be housed in Canvas. One week prior to the session you will be required to complete the sign up for your Canvas account by following the directions in the email sent from Virginia Tech Guest Management Service.

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