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Spring Training Conference 2019    Tentative Agenda - check back for updates

April 16th - 19th, 2019

Host: Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center is FULL. See alternates below. Plenty of room left for the conference. Sign up soon!!

Alternate: Quality Inn & Suites - $80 rate                                LaQuinta Inn Casper - $94 rate
821 North Poplar, Casper WY 82601 (307) 266-2400              400 West F St, Casper WY 82601 (307) 265-1200
Includes Free Hot Breakfast        Reservations                         www.lq.com

Hilton Garden Inn - $94 rate                                                      Hampton Inn & Suites Casper - $94 rate  
1150 N Poplar St, Casper WY 82601 (307) 266-1300              1100 N Poplar St, Casper WY 82603 (307) 235-6668

Pre-Conference tracks descriptions:

Risk and Resiliency

Risk assessment and resiliency in our systems are important pieces of the puzzle we work with. Not only that the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 contains new requirements for risk and resiliency planning and documentation at water systems. While many water systems in Wyoming are not required to meet the mandates because it is population based, it would be a good idea on your system’s part to plan on doing so. It not only is smart but, it is only a matter of time before all systems will probably be covered by the changes.

This pre-conference class will cover things like who is affected, when are the deadlines, and what is required. Learn how to conduct a Risk and Resiliency Assessment and submit a certification of the assessment to EPA. Find out how this assessment integrates with your system’s vulnerability assessment and emergency response plan and what tools and resources are out there to help you accomplish a complete package.

The day will be jam packed! Bring your lap top if you have one and begin the process as you learn.

Transient Non-Community (TNC)

Do you operate a campground, lodge, rest area, restaurant, or other facility with a water supply?  Need help navigating EPA drinking water regulations? EPA Region 8 is conducting a half-day training in Casper, Wyoming this spring for Transient Non-Community (TNC) systems. Information will include:

  • Compliance with drinking water regulations
  • How to sample for nitrate and total coliform bacteria at your system
  • Sample Siting Plans and Seasonal Start-up Procedures
  • How to avoid Significant Deficiencies during a Sanitary Survey


Putting the Pieces Together

Soar into Spring with WARWS at our 28th Annual Technical Conference, and get a bird’s eye view of how all the parts of your system work together. ‘Putting the Pieces Together’ is the theme for this year’s conference. Water and wastewater systems have more pieces and moving parts than is easily imagined. Owners, operators, and decision-makers are often forced to try to put this puzzle together without even having a box with a picture on it. This year’s conference will be the box with the picture. By the time you leave conference, you will have a much better idea of what the pieces of your system are, how they fit together, and how to maximize your efforts to make them fit easily and work together most efficiently.

We will have everything you need to do this, from classes, to vendors, to knowledgeable staff to ask questions of. The classes will be extensive, and cover everything from rules, to cyber security, system resiliency in the face of manmade or natural disasters, pumps, motors, well efficiency, disinfection, alternative treatments, valves, water reuse, and other classes too numerous to discuss, but all important parts of your system. There is even a whole other track of classes especially designed for decision-makers. If it has to do with water, wastewater, or utility management, we’ve got it covered.

Talk and network with your fellow operators and learn what challenges they have faced this year and how they met them.

Vendors galore will also be available to help you find just the right technology and equipment to make those pieces fit together. There is technology available today that didn’t even exist as a twinkle in its Creators eye five years ago. Our industry moves at light speed, which makes putting together this puzzle even more challenging. Spring conference is an excellent way to keep up with all the information available and find out what resources are available to make the pieces fit.

You are an important piece of this puzzle, and you need some down time to process all that you will be learning. While you are taking a breath, there will be great food, 50/50 tickets, raffles and the ever popular ‘Game Night’. Join us in Casper and get all the pieces put together.

Make a Difference

One WARWS Board of Director position will be up for election during the Spring Conference. The Southeast Region includes Converse, Niobrara, Carbon, Albany, Platte, Goshen and Laramie counties. To be eligible to sit on the board, you must be an employee or official representative of a member system. Board responsibilities include quarterly meetings, two of which are done at conferences. The other two by phohe. If interested, submit a letter-of-intent to Mark Pepper, or email markp@warws.com.

The Best Tasting Water in Wyoming

We invite every system attending conference to enter "The Best Tasting Water in Wyoming" contest. The winning system will be hosted (airfare, room, and meals, for one representative) in Washington D.C. at the National Rural Water Rally 2020 by the Wyoming Rural water Executive Director and Wyoming National Director. The delegation will meet with officials from the USDA Rural Development, USEPA and will visit with wyoming’s US Senators and Representative to discuss water issues facing systems in Wyoming. To enter, bring 1/2 gallon of your water, in glass and on ice to the registration booth when you check in.


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Set up can begin Tuesday 3-5pm. Official opening Wednesday at the 10am break. Tear down will be after the 3pm break on Thursday, or you can stay until the end if you choose.

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