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2020 OOWA Annual Conference
January 8-9, 2020
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive S
Lewis Center, OH 43035
OOWA Service Provider O&M Training
November 20-21, 2019
Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Pkwy
Dublin, OH 43017
The Ohio Onsite Wastewater Association is pleased to offer the following training program for all professionals involved in the onsite sewage treatment system industry.
1) FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS: This training will authorize your company to provide service and maintenance on treatment products approved after January 1, 2007, except for discharging systems that have NPDES permits. Attendance both days, in full, is required to obtain this alternative 2-year certification from the Director of the Ohio Department of Health (good through December 31, 2021.)
Manufacturers training certification is required to provide service and maintenance on NPDES systems.
2) FOR INSTALLERS, SERVICE PROVIDERS & SEPTAGE HAULERS: Attendance of either day will also meet the requirement of the six (6) hours of continuing education that all contractors must complete for their 2020 registration. Attendance of both days will meet the requirement of six (6) hours of continuing education for both 2020 & 2021 registrations.
3) FOR SANITARIANS: Attendance will provide continuing education credit from the ODH for Sanitarian Registration for the number of hours attended, up to 14 hours.
NOTE: CEU credits have not yet been approved.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Dr. Sara Heger
Sara Heger is an engineer, researcher, and instructor at the University of Minnesota in the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department. For over 20 years, she has been conducting research and providing education and technical assistance to homeowners, small communities, onsite professionals and local units of government regarding onsite wastewater treatment. She has presented in over 30 different states and provinces in North America regarding the science of wastewater treatment including design, installation, and management. Sara is the president-elect of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association. Sara serves on the NSF International Committee on Wastewater Treatment Systems. She is also the chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee on Decentralized Systems. She has BS in Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering and a MS and a PhD in Water Resource Science.
Raised in the dirt, growing up in the trenches, learning from the generation before, Jeremiah Gunia has garnered the knowledge necessary to support others in their wastewater education. With fifteen years of industry specific work as a specialist, director of education at a successful septic and construction company, state instructor, and community speaker, Jeremiah provides a refreshing take on onsite wastewater management. His focus on a real life, energetic, and relevant experience for those learning, ensures that all that participate are more effective in their industry roles. Jeremiah is Director of Education at A Advanced Septic & Construction Services in Sumner, WA.
ABOUT THE TOPICS:
O&M Overview - This presentation provides a brief overview of the relationship among public health, environmental issues and the growing importance of operation and maintenance. It will discuss the best standards of practice for service visits to onsite wastewater treatment systems. It will include a discussion about the importance of proper sampling, contracts and repairs in accordance with manufacturer=s requirements.
Introduction to Wastewater - This presentation describes the varying contaminants present in wastewater, the negative affects they have when not property treated, and the laboratory measures used to quantify them. It will also discuss how household and commercial practices affect the characteristics.
Design & Installation with O&M Considerations - This presentation looks at critical design and installation points, as related to operation and maintenance.
Operational Start-up - This presentation looks at the value of accurate baseline measurements and systematic verifications of operations.
Challenging Wastewater & Changing Water Usage - discussion of hard to treat and high strength wastewater applications. Residential systems can be impacted by medications, cleaning products and even high efficiency furnaces. Onsite systems used for non‑residential high strength waste applications which can encounter significantly different usage patterns, waste strength and waste stream characteristics. An overview of key wastewater parameters will be discussed as well as solutions.
Introduction to Aerobic Treatment Units - This presentation describes the various types of aerobic treatments units (ATU) along with the similarities and differences among the various types. The treatment process used in ATU where microbes transform solids into gases, cell mass and non-degradable material will be covered.
Troubleshooting ATUs - This presentation looks at how to develop an approach to all system types, using cause-and-effect thought processes.
Introduction to Media Filters - This presentation will describe the various types of media filters along with the similarities and differences among the various types. The treatment process used in media where microbes transform solids into gases, cell mass and non-degradable material will be covered.
Troubleshooting Media Filters - Learn the flow path in a media filter and learn how to identify where the break down is in the system.
Compaction - the Enemy of System Longevity - Humans along with all our activities cause widespread soil compaction. This presentation will discuss the causes of compaction including wet soils, material handling and the weight of vehicles/equipment, pedestrians, and animals. It will then focus on avoidance methods and potential solutions for sites have been compacted including advanced treatment systems.
Troubleshooting Pumps & Controls - This presentation covers the overall understanding of pumps and controls, and developing quick and safe ways to diagnose issues.
Advanced Treatment Units - This presentation looks at the inner workings of different types of advance treatment units. Learning to identity the similarities and differences.
Troubleshooting of Septic Tanks - The presentation discusses methods and challenges when troubleshooting septic tanks. It will cover common problems you may need to identify and troubleshoot including locating tanks, roots, leakage, and corrosion.
Effective Communication - How to grow and improve communication between the onsite provider, the system owner, and the regulators. Creating ways for all parts to works together.
Water Treatment Devices and Microfibers - Water treatment devices have the potential to harm septic systems due to the change in chemistry and increased water discharge volumes. This presentation will discuss water softeners, iron filters and reverse osmosis systems potential impacts and offer recommendations. The lint from washing clothing has the potential to make its way through treatment systems. This presentation will discuss the issues and offer suggestions.
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