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Monett to host water conference on May 4

Friday, April 30, 2010

Major speakers from the public and private sectors are expected to speak at the annual Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference for the Southwest Section, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, at the Monett City Park Casino.

Municipal wastewater operators and city officials dealing with water issues are expected to attend the conference. Ongoing professional credits will be offered for those attending.

Several awards will be presented during the day-long event. An achievement award will be given to a town of more than 1,500 in population that has accomplished major improvements. The Operator of the Year Award and the Warren Kramer Award for excellence in performance will also be presented.

The conference provides a venue for state officials to present updates on state and federal regulations. Jacques Martineau, a water specialist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will be the first presenter at 8:05 a.m. on "The Groundwater Rule."

Gregory Perkins, from DNR's water pollution engineering office in Springfield, will speak at 4 p.m. with an update on federal and state regulations. Tony Dohmen, a wastewater engineer in DNR's Jefferson City office, will speak about managing sludge from wastewater treatment plants at 2:30 p.m.

Other speakers include:

* Greg Carlton, with Brenntag Mid South in Springfield, on the use, costs and storage of wastewater chemicals at 8:30 a.m.

* Scott Smith, with GIS Mapping in Belton, on choosing the right global positioning for a municipal geographic information system at 9:15 a.m.

* Tom Stechmann, with Utility Services in Liberty, on inspection and maintenance of water tanks.

* Derek Leffert and Bill Dexheimer, from Missouri One-Call, on digging regulations at 10:45 a.m.

* Tyson Markham, from McLiney and Company in Kansas City, on bonding and fundraising for wastewater construction projects at 11:30 a.m.

* Phil Walsack, manager of Environmental Services for the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, on inflow and infiltration issues in public systems at 1:15 p.m.

* Dave Miguel, from Underground Safety Inc. in Olathe, Kan., on trenching and shoring safety for underground projects at 1:45 p.m.

* Greg Modlish, from Siemens Technologies in Lenexa, Kan., on instrumentation and technologies for water and wastewater systems at 3:15 p.m.

Monett Mayor Jim Orr will give the official greeting at 8 a.m. The business meeting to close the conference will be held at 4:45 p.m. and will include the election of officers.

Water Products of Oklahoma will again provide the popular all-night-slow-cook barbecue for lunch over the noon hour.

Around 40 vendors will display and demonstrate equipment for water and wastewater systems in a tent outside the casino and on the grounds. Throughout the day, Ray Greek, from Ace Pipe Cleaning, will be providing a demonstration of how to line manholes.

For more information on the conference, call the Monett Utilities Department at 235-3300.

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