Safe Practice in the Groundwater Industry: An NGWA Certificate Program (#1014)

Course overview​

​This NGWA online, on-demand certificate program addresses ways to improve safety in the workplace.

Historically there are three major loss areas in the groundwater industry:

  • Materials handling
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Electrocution/electrical hazards.

This course addresses these three specific areas with the intent to:

  • Inform employees of the hazards
  • Increase awareness of the hazards
  • Provide guidance on immediate actions to mitigate threats to safety.

Who will benefit from taking this course?

  • Field technicians
  • Geothermal contractors
  • Pump installation contractors
  • Safety officers
  • Site managers
  • Water well drilling contractors
  • Water well suppliers.

Earning a certificate

When enrollees have completed all of the lessons, they will be able to take a 25-question test. Those who pass the test can then download their certificate. The entire process, including the test, takes approximately three hours.

The cost of this online course is $99 US dollars (for members) and $149 US dollars for non-members.

Persons interested in this course can follow the link to register and get more information in terms of presenters, course outline and other relevant course information.

Optimizing Indoor and Outdoor Water Conservation

With the upcoming dry season being one of the most difficult times in ensuring an adequate water supply it is important for us to know how to efficiently and effectively conserve our available resources, which can be shared with our various stakeholders. The 2 for 1 special on-demand webcast below is the ideal opportunity to ensure our available water supply is maximized in such a time. Please see below for further information and the link to enroll for the course, which is being offered at 99.00 (US Dollars).

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course 1 – Grow Green and Save Blue – Optimizing Outdoor Water Conservation

Water conservation can be a challenge, and just the concept of conservation can strike fear into the hearts of those preferring lush green landscapes over rocks, cacti, and synthetics. If you are considering an outdoor program in your area or are dealing with similar challenges, join EPA WaterSense 2010 Irrigation Partner of the Year, Judith Benson, to explore water conservation methods and irrigation system efficiency techniques.

Join Benson to find out what others have in their water conservation toolbox as we review successful water efficiency programs nation-wide. Through discussion, gain insight into program development, site assessment, and monitoring data, plus tips for picking the best management practices in your area. We’ll also discuss recommendations for implementing an outdoor plan and explore ways to take advantage of utility programs.

Our goal is to provide you with useful information in implementing an outdoor water conservation program or expanding offerings to your region. Outdoor water use can be complicated. We’ll share insights into current technology and management of these systems that can provide relatively immediate relief in lowering outdoor water consumption.

Learning Objectives:
Webcast attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Soil-Plant-Water Relationship
  • Advanced Technology
  • Best Management Practices
  • Outdoor Water Conservation Programs
  • Data Monitoring and Sharing

Course 2 – Beyond the Drip – Improving Indoor Water Efficiency, Planning, and Implementation

While saving water outdoors may be easy to spot (e.g., water running down the sidewalk), indoor savings are often less obvious. While less obvious, with the right knowledge and tools, indoor water savings can be easy to identify (and just as valuable to your pocketbook).

Join industry experts Paul Lander, Ph.D., ASLA, LEED AP and Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M) to explore the key elements, variables, and the importance of indoor water conservation and savings within your conservation plan, as well as how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain an effective indoor water savings plan. Additionally, learn the step-by-step process to perform a water audit, calculate your payback period, and select replacement fixtures, as well as how to develop and manage your maintenance plan to maximize your ROI short and long-term.

Paul Lander will open our discussion with an exploration of the concepts behind indoor water conservation, the difference between appropriate water use and water waste, and the connection between the water savings and energy savings. Building on this foundation, Troy Aichele will lead you through his personalized step-by-step process of how to perform a water audit, including contacting the customer, auditing a facility or residence, the tools required, the associated rebates, and most importantly how to calculate your payback period. We will also discuss how to pick appropriate replacement fixtures and appliances to maximize ROI, and gain an understanding of Watersense labels—where they come from, how they are obtained and what they mean to you. Finally, as monitoring and maintenance are essential to the success of upgrades, Paul Lander will discuss how to develop, implement, monitor, and maintain your new indoor water conservation plan so that your water efficiency efforts are maximized and calculated payback periods achieved (or surpassed!).

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Why indoor water conservation is important, and what elements and variables are involved (e.g. water, waste, energy)
  • How to conduct your own indoor water audit and calculate water efficiency improvement paybacks
  • About Watersense labels and what they mean on plumbing fixtures and appliances
  • How to develop, implement, monitor and maintain an indoor water conservation plan

Persons can enroll for this course via the following link.


Notes
* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15
20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this special allows you access to the presentations for 6 months from the order date.

About Presenters

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Judith Benson

President
Clear Water Products & Services, Inc.

Paul W. Lander

PhD, ASLA, LEED A.P.
Consultant, Dakota Ridge Partners
Lecturer, University of Colorado

Troy Aichele

Troy Aichele

LEED AP (O+M)
President
Aichele and Associates, LLC

FREE Webinar: Effective Utility Management: Your Utility’s Road to Sustainability

This webinar, provided by the American Water Works Association, highlights utility management’s value and importance, based on the Attributes of Effectively Managed Utilities (EUM) and Keys to Management Success, which AWWA, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and several leading water-sector associations endorse.

The webinar’s focus is to familiarize the audience with the steps needed to implement EUM according to the recently updated EUM Primer, released January 2017. In the United States, EUM is now the most widely recognized water utility management program, helping utilities address challenges they face today and preparing them to meet challenges of the future. Participants will gain understanding of the basic structure of EUM and, especially, how to get started in implementing the EUM approach in their operations through the 3 basic steps described in the Primer:

  1. Assessing current utility operations based on the Attributes
  2. Adopting best management practices based on the Assessment
  3. Selecting performance metrics to gauge performance improvements

 

To learn more about this webinar, which is scheduled for July 26, 2017, as well as, to register follow this link.

Persons wishing to view the full list of webinars, including those available at a cost (remember AWWA members get access at a discounted price), follow this link.

Water Demand Management: Using technology to forecast water usage and improve efficiency

With technology being a big part of our day to day lives it’s seems inevitable that it can be used to solve issues of water usage and improve efficiency. This is highlighted in an article by Lori Lovely in the June 2017 issue of the Water Efficiency magazine.

Do enjoy!

Water Efficiency Magazine
Water Efficiency Magazine June 2017

Water Demand Management

Using technology to forecast water usage and improve efficiency

by Lori Lovely May 25, 2017

 

Mni wiconi is Lakota for “water is life.” The phrase articulates a fundamental truth. Our lives depend on water. Planning to meet and manage demand is essential.

Demand for water has risen relentlessly over the years as the world’s population climbs past the 7 billion mark, with projections of continued growth. Lifestyle affects demand as climate change affects supply.

While demand is easily understood, responding to it involves a complicated set of choices. It can be met with a supply-side response—developing new resources—or a demand-side response—management by influencing demand and water use through more efficient use of water that is already available in order to meet objectives such as economic efficiency, environmental protection, sustainability, or other reasons that could include social equity.

Find the rest of the article here.

Webinar: Flood Best Practices – Protecting People and Property with GIS

This webinar, which is available live and on demand, is one of the free webinars offered by Forester University.

Sponsored by one of our suppliers of GIS materials, ESRI, attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Learn how to transition your flood control systems from paper to Web GIS
  • Gain GIS real-world best practices, and how you apply these to better manage your flood control system performance
  • Understand how to use GIS to post flood event response, and gather documentation to recover disaster-related funds and justify post-environmental clearance requirements
  • Get a preview of next generation flood management solutions, and learn how you can use web GIS technology to modernize your existing systems

For more information, as well as, to enroll in this course, persons can use the following link: Flood Best Practices – Protecting People and Property with GIS.