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Midyear Conference a Must Attend!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Alane Boyd, Section Executive Director 

Midyear Conference a Must Attend!

This year’s Midyear Conference Educational Extravaganza is just around the corner on April 6th.   The theme, How to Survive an Alien Invasion on Your Water System, is fitting given the recent events in Flint, Michigan.  The alien invasion is a common theme in science fiction stories and film, in which other beings invade Earth either to exterminate and replace human life, enslave it under a colonial system, harvest humans for food, steal the planet's resources, or destroy the planet altogether.  It seems a bit extreme, but water system operators tackle aliens every day that cause havoc on their water systems.

The Midyear Conference will begin with a great commentary by Tage Flint, General Manager of Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, discussing the Michigan crisis appropriately titled Flint on Flint.  Tage will discuss takeaways from the Flint crisis which was summarized by David LaFrance, CEO of AWWA,

“…there are a few lessons that seem apparent. First, water chemistry is complex. When a community changes water sources or water treatment, unintended consequences can occur. Water systems must be alert to these potential issues and have plans in place to address them.”

Breakout sessions following the opening session will focus on corrosivity of water, operator perspectives on planning and improving systems, and contamination accumulation and release in water distribution.  All these breakouts will help operators learn about aliens that they need to be aware of.

Then there will be a series of breakouts all helping prepare operators for a total Alien infiltration or a complete takeover of the system.  Emergency preparedness training breakouts will address ways to prepare and proper procedures to follow to receive emergency funding. Operational issues will be presented to show you how to keep the water flowing during a disaster.

Then there will be specialty topics dealing with Alien Raids, or short-term alien invasions by creatures incapable of supporting a large-scale invasion due to small numbers who instead use the shock of their arrival to inspire terror.  Disasters such as the Hildale, Utah flood and the measures taken to assist that community will be discussed.  The Park City water quality incident due to release of contaminants in the distribution system will be presented along with lessons learned.


For those of you needing Fluoride Safety Training, there will be both the 3-hour refresher and the 6-hour one-time training provided.  So, come to the Midyear Conference and learn how to defend your water system against an alien invasion.

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