Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM PST
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Olympia Center                                                          222 Columbia St NW                                            Olympia, WA 98501 

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Diane Pottinger, PE 
AWWA-PNWS - Utility Management Committee 

Utility Management Committee 2020 Training Event

"What will you do IF...?"

January 30, 2020

We have a full day event planned, learning about how other utilities have handled a number of different topics, lessons learned and what we should be planning for in our own organizations.  

We are pleased to announce the following speakers for our event include:

  • Derek Pell, Washington State Department of Health 
  • Jason Kintner & Jennifer Franklin, City of Mercer Island 
  • Jerald Johnson, West Sound Utility 
  • Dave Muto, Seattle Public Utilities 
  • Chris Wanner, Portland Water Bureau 
  • Andrew LaRue, Valley View Sewer District 
  • Paul Kamin, Eastsound Water Users Association   
  • Scott Hutsell, Lincoln County Commissioner 



  • x.xx CEUs Meets WA Department of Health Relevancy Criteria for Waterworks Operator Professional Growth

    x.xx CEUs Meets WA Department of Ecology Criteria for Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators

    x.xx W/WW CEUs - assigned OESAC ID xxxx 


    7:30     Registration Open

    8:00     Opening Remarks

    8:15     "Is It Time To Install Intrusion Alarms?" - Derek Pell.

    Less than a year ago, an intruder gained access to the Sallal Water System Reservoir and threw things in the tank.  This summer/fall, a video was posted about swimming in a reservoir.  Learn how Department of Health worked with these utilities to make improvements to avoid these situations in the future.

    9:15     "Mercer Island and Life af the 2014 Boil Water Event." - Jason Kintner & Jennifer Franklin. 

    Learn how the Boil Water event impacted the City and what changes have been made to prevent further incidents from happening.    

    10:15    Break

    10:30    "The December 2019 Tornado Event."  - Jerald Johnson. 

    See the impacts of a tornado in Washington and how West Sound Utility was impacted by an unplanned event.  Learn how they are recovering and what lessons they can share for this event.

    11:00    "Emergency Repair for a 32 MG reservoir." - Dave Muto. 

    Learn how a major leak was discovered, manual and high-tech methods that were used, the selection of repair methods and the risks assciated with abruptly removing a key component from service.

    12:00    Lunch

    12:30    "Oregon WARN." - Chris Wanner. 

    Hear how utilities in Oregon are working together to help prepare for an emergency. 

    1:30    "Force Main Replacement … Under the Duwamish River for a Newer Manager."                        - Andrew LaRue.

    In August 2019, District staff was evaluating the condition of a 33-year-old DI force-main, and discovered a breach in the sewer force-main had occurred.  Worse, it had been discharging into the Duwamish River. Learn how the District made the temporary repairs and are working on a permenant repair with a newer General Manager at the lead.  

    2:30       Break

    2:45       "Share Eastsound Water's Success with Recruiting Water System Operations on Orcas Island by Offering a Free 20 hour Training Course".  - Paul Kamin

    Smaller communities struggle to find operators to help with day to day operations of critical water and sewer utilities.  Sometimes, just exposing eager indivudals to the industry may be the catalyst needed to find new operators.  

    3:45       "How 8 Cities And Towns Are Working Together To Address The Shortage Of Certified Operators/"  - Scott Hutsell

     Learn how the utilities got together in a regionalization process to identify common needs, and how agreements are getting in place to help cross-train and prepare to meet the shortage.  

    4:15       Event wrap up

    4:30       Event concludes.

Registration is Open!

If you are going to be joining us at our event, please register now:

  • Early Bird (By January 23, 2020):   $100 Members (AWWA-PNWS, PNCWA)/ $125 Non-Members/  $40 Students
  • After January 23, 2020:  $125 Members/ $150 Non-Members/ $65 Students

Costs include lunch and light snacks in the morning and afternoon.  Coffee, tea and water will be provided throughout the day.  

 For registration questions, please contact Diane Pottinger (dianep@northcitywater.org).

Thank you for your interest in our event and we hope to see you on January 30th!


PNWS-AWWA Utility Management Committee 2019-2020 Planning Committee