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Some classes for 2021 have been rescheduled; please use the information on the website and not the printed calendar.

Idaho Rural Water Association offers training classes for drinking water and wastewater utility operations specialists as well as for other related industry professionals such as utility boards members, elected officials, clerks, and managers.  Unless otherwise specified all classes have been approved or are pending approval for drinking water or wastewater CEUs (Continuing Education Units) by the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses (DOPL) - formerly IBOL.

Publish Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Wastewater Laboratory Methods

August 26, 2021 - Pocatello

Event date: 8/26/2021 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Export event

*Please note - this class will focus on process control and adjustment methods rather than how-to sampling procedures. This class is not intended to provide preparation for the Wastewater Laboratory license.

Learn all about wastewater microbiology and lab methods, and practice with a microscope to analyze your treatment process! IRWA is excited to present this class from renown Wastewater Microbiologist Toni Glymph-Martin. The class will help students understand the role of bacteria, protozoa, and metazoan in the wastewater treatment process along with instruction on how to maximize the treatment capabilities of each. Attendees will also learn how to anticipate upsets to your treatment system and troubleshoot existing treatment problems.  

This course includes hands-on practice with a microscope! Learn to identify filamentous bacteria, determine favorable conditions based on your microscopic observations, and adjust your treatment process accordingly. Attendees will learn standard operating procedures to conduct laboratory analysis at their own plant. You are encouraged to bring samples of your wastewater for system-specific analysis! Bring samples from any stage of your treatment process to analyze under the microscope with the instructor.

It is recommended that attendees purchase the workbook A Wastewater Microbiology Laboratory Manual for Operators to increase learning. This book is not required but can help you develop and improve wastewater lab methods for your system. To order a copy (the blue book), visit the website for Wastewater Microbiology Solutions: https://www.wwmicrosolutions.com/copy-of-books


Instructor: Toni Glymph-Martin

CEUs Earned: 0.6 Wastewater and Treatment 

Please note: This class is appropriate for Very Small Wastewater Systems operators. 

Cost: $120 members / $195 non-members

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (PST)

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Idaho Transportation Dept District #5
EOC Training Annex
5205 S 5th Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83204

Lunch is on your own.


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