Subject: Spring Training Conference update Agenda
All water and wastewater operators and our valued Associate Members:
The last thing Wyoming needs at this time is for the majority of our licensed water and wastewater operators and industry suppliers to be congregating in one place, exposing them potentially to this virus and then be unable to report to their water and wastewater plants to keep the water flowing and waste properly dealt with.
In that regard, we will postpone our Annual Spring Training Conference scheduled for April 14th-17th. Please “hold the date” of August 24th-28th for the replacement dates and let’s hope life is beginning to return to more normal times by then. If you have paid your conference fees, we will hold them over and apply them to the alternate dates. We can hold over the registration or refund as needed. Let us know if you wish to cancel.
We will be working with DEQ Op Cert and others to make sure that hours for license renewals will be available prior to year-end. We are exploring video conferencing, online offerings, our “mini conference” format for the fall/winter, other training providers etc…. so that you will have opportunity to meet your CEU renewal requirements.
We know that water and wastewater operators train for these types of events frequently. Our concerns will be with supply chain interruptions but all systems have emergency response plans in place and we encourage you to consult with your chemical and other suppliers as needed. We also encourage you to dust off your emergency response plan and make sure contacts, etc…. are updated and ready should the need arise.
WyoWarn and Wyoming Rural Water also stands ready to assist any systems whose operators are quarantined, hospitalized or otherwise unable to operate their systems. WyoWarn and Wyoming Rural Water will attempt to find alternate operators who can jump in and operate a community system until all are back on the job. This may be a good time to update your O&M manuals as well should a visiting operator be utilized. Should your system require assistance, contact our office, visit the contact us page on our website https://www.warws.com/about/our-team any of our staff or visit the www.wyowarn.org site. You can also contact the EPA at their regular number or if after hours at 303-312-6327 and they in turn can contact others as well.
Mark Pepper, Executive Director
Wyoming Association of Rural Water Systems
PO Box 1750
Glenrock, WY 82637