The annual Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference for the southwest section, hosted by the city of Monett, will again offer professionals in public water service operation a chance to hear experts in the field on pressing topics in a daylong session. George Rausch, assistant utilities superintendent for Monett who oversees water operations, has announced speakers for the event on Tuesday, May 5.
Engineer Kevin Sprenkle, with the Monett firm Sprenkle and Associates, will give the first talk shortly after 8 a.m. on flow monitoring in sanitary sewer systems. Sprenkle has helped develop the strategy for Monett's increased effort to cut down on the storm water run-off spilling into the sanitary system. Sprenkle will talk again at 9 a.m. on water tower design considerations.
Much of the conference is planned as practical training for system operators, for which they earn required professional credits. Water specialist Everett Williams, chief executive officer for Williams Company in Lampe, will talk at 8:30 a.m. on inspections of water and wastewater systems, with recommendations.
Tom Stechmann, vice president with Utility Services out of Liberty, will talk at 1 p.m. about water tower integrity and steps needed for keeping a town's system safe. Greg Perkins, with the regional office of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will speak at 1:45 p.m. on the history, detection and prevention of overflows in a sanitary sewer treatment operation.
As usual, several speakers have been booked to talk about technological innovations in the business. Travis Douglas and Tom Snyder, with Automated Control Solutions, will give the talk "All That Water and Wastewater Operators Need to Know about SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) in 45 Minutes." Steve McDowell, from the HACH Corporation in Loveland, Colo, will talk at 10:30 a.m. about on-line analyzers for water and wastewater operators.
Projections about area water supplies will be addressed by Bob Nichols, chairman of the Tri-State Water Coalition, as he speaks at 11:15 a.m. on his organization's work and its future. Those who have to dig to make water or sewer system repairs or extensions may receive valuable information from Derek Leffert with Missouri One-Call, who will talk about state digging regulations, at 3:15 p.m.
Ed McLiney, with the investment banking firm of McLinley and Company of Kansas City, will talk at 2:15 p.m. about fundraising, financing and bonding water and wastewater projects. Gale Roberts, longtime DNR environmental engineer who is retiring this year, will give the final talk around 4 p.m. on changes in state regulations.
There will be several breaks during the day for those attending to visit displays by vendors set up on the lawn of the City Park Casino. The traditional barbecue lunch will again be provided by Water Products of Oklahoma.
The conference will conclude with a business meeting, election of officers and award presentations.
Registration is needed to attend, partly to get an accurate count for lunch preparations. A form needs to be filled out and is available by calling the Monett Utilities Department office at 417-235-3300.