Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT
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Tacoma Public Utilities Auditorium 
3628 S. 35th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

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Shantel Broussard 
South Sound Subsection PNWS-AWWA 

Waterworks 101 presented by South Sound Subsection PNWS-AWWA 

Register now for Waterworks 101 on Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

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Join us for our Waterworks 101 class presented by the South Sound Subsection of PNWS-AWWA.  We are presenting this class in-person at the Tacoma Public Utilities Auditorium, plus the option for an online webinar (hybrid) via Zoom.

The class will be held on:

- Tuesday, 03/26/26 starting at 8:00AM to 4:00PM

0.6 CEU is approved for Washington State!

Scholarship option is also available, please contact us directly in order to find out and apply.



This training will present basic concepts and practices used in the water service industry including: water hydraulics, how a water system works, pipes, valves, hydrants, service lines and water meters. We will also be covering basics on tapping water mains, how weather conditions can affect water supply and delivery, water quality and flushing, and speaking with the public regarding water quality complaints.

Water Systems – An Overview

Water systems can be complex in terms of the physical components that make them up and the planning and engineering considerations that are intended to ensure adequate levels of service to the end customer. 

This presentation is intended to provide an introductory understanding of water systems for persons new to the industry.  Topics will include:

  • Major system components: source of supply, treatment, storage, pumping, valves, pipes, meters, and hydrants – selection, sizing, locating, etc.
  • Overall system layout - planning and design
  • Regulatory and policy considerations
  • Financial planning.

Water System Construction and Maintenance

A water system operator must have working knowledge of not only maintaining the system as-is but also must understand the basics of construction practices for water mains, services, reservoirs, and all other infrastructure elements that make up a water system. Operators must also understand different type of materials and installation practices and how/why those particular materials or practices are used in their respective situations or systems. Whether construction is contracted out or completed in-house, the installation specifications prescribed by each purveyor must be followed to ensure continuity and longevity.

This period of instruction will target all of the above and give operators a basic working knowledge of construction practices, types of materials and construction practices used, and why specific construction practices and/or materials are chosen for give situations.  This training will also give operators an idea of equipment that may be necessary to accomplish these projects.

Water Quality Monitoring

This class will provide information on the key water quality monitoring and public health protection responsibilities of a public water purveyor. It will review the multiple contaminants of concern in drinking water, particularly the microbiological agents of concern, and how regulatory schemes to assure continued compliance and water system performance have evolved.  Programs developed to assure safe and reliable water supply, including source water protection programs and cross-connection control program will be covered.

Water Quality Facilities

Treatment techniques and technologies are as varied as the contaminants they are designed to deal with.  The source of the water, whether it is ground water, surface water, or a combination of both, often dictates the treatment technologies needed.  This course will provide an overview of a variety of treatment methods most commonly found in public water systems including disinfection, Iron and Manganese removal, pH adjustment, and aeration.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  •  Different types of water sources.
  • Types of storage facilities and their purpose
  • Different types of pipes, valves, meters, hydrants, and other water system appurtenances.
  • An understanding of why specific construction materials, methods, and equipment are used in certain situations.
  • Treatment methods available for water quality issues commonly found in public water systems.
  • How drinking water regulations have developed, how they work to protect public health, and how public water systems must respond to meet them.
  • The classes of microbiological contaminants of concern.
  • The classes of other contaminants of concern (inorganic & organic contaminants).
  • The importance of preventative protection programs, including source water protection and cross-connection control programs.

.6 CEU is approved for this training, so register now by clicking the link below: