Welcome to the 2023 Annual KRWA Conference and Exhibition

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Welcome to the 2023 Annual KRWA Conference and Exhibition
Welcome to the 2023 Annual KRWA
Conference and Exhibition
                                                 “Quality Water — The Clear
                                               Choice” is the theme of the 2023
                                               Annual Conference & Exhibition for
                                               water and wastewater systems
                                               sponsored by KRWA. This conference
                                               program offers an excellent day of
                                               preconference sessions on Tuesday,
                                               March 28 and a wide array of
                                               concurrent sessions on Wednesday
                                               and Thursday. This conference
                                               involves more than 80 presenters.
                                               EXPO Hall will be filled with state
                                               and federal agencies, suppliers and
                                               manufacturers, consultants and
                                               other experts. Combining the outstanding
                                               technical program with great food, hospitality and
                                               professional entertainment makes the KRWA conference
                                               a must “go-to” event. Register early and save $30. This
        March 28-30, 2023                      conference is an investment you should not miss.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?                                    REGISTRATION
  Everyone is welcome – city council members,           Early registration is encouraged. Register for
mayors, operators, clerks, managers, bookkeepers,     the preconference sessions on the reverse side of
RWD board members, administrators, industry and       the registration form. Registration forms are at the
government officials, sanitarians and plumbers! In    back of this booklet. Save $30 with early
2022, more than 2,250 people came from 320 cities     registration postmarked or called in by March 15.
and 195 rural water or public wholesale districts.    Meal tickets should be specified with early
Anyone who has an interest in water or wastewater     registration. Registration name badges are
or community programs is welcome.                     required to attend sessions, exhibits or meal
DATES & LOCATION                                        Operator Credits (Water and Wastewater
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 28 - 30           certification) and credits for City Clerks are
                                                      posted for each session. Verification forms will be
Century II Convention Center, Wichita, Kansas
                                                      in each operator’s packet. Check the box at the top
                                                      of the registration form for operator credit. The
                                                      operator certification exam is set for Thursday,
                                                      3/30 at 1:30 p.m. in Hyatt Ballroom E.
                                                        Registration forms – You may register online at
                                                      www.krwa.net and then under "conference" and
                                                      pay by credit card, or submit the form from the
                                                      program booklet that was mailed. Return
                                                      registration forms with payment to: KRWA,
                                                      PO Box 226, Seneca, KS 66538. Questions?
                                                      Call 785-336-3760.
                                                        Accommodations – see page 35 for hotel blocks.

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7:00 a.m.   5K-KRWA run/walk
7:30 a.m.   Registration Opens – Connecting Lobby, Century II,   1:30 p.m.   Spouse Program –"Board & Brush!"
             Hospitality – beverages, rolls and more                          No additional charge but spouses need to
8:30 a.m.   Spring Golf Tourney – Rolling Hills Golf Club                     mark their registration form.
             (pay $75, see registration form)                    1:30 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m.   Attorneys’ Forum (for attorneys only)
                                                                 2:45 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions
9:30 a.m.   City Clerks’ and RWD Office Forum, Engineers’
            Forum and other preconference sessions begin         4:00 p.m.   Concurrent Sessions
Noon:       Lunch, purchase meals on registration form           5:00 p.m.   Social in EXPO Hall
1:00 p.m.   Preconference sessions reconvene                     6:30 p.m.   Awards Banquet, Awards Presentations,
4:00 p.m.   EXPO Hall opens – 365 booths                                      Entertainment “Honky Tonk Angels”
6:30 p.m.   Opening Nite – “Meet & Greet!” – barbecue, social,
            games, $10,000 in prizes; purchase ticket for $20
                                                                 THURSDAY, MARCH 30
            on registration form                                 7:30 a.m.- EXPO Hall opens – pancakes & more by Chris
                                                                             Cakes in EXPO Hall – breakfast closes at
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29                                                          9:00 a.m. Purchase ticket on registration form
7:30 a.m.  Registration Opens – Connecting Lobby, Century        8:00 a.m. Annual Meeting of KRWA Membership,
            II, Hospitality – beverages, rolls and fruit                     Room 209A
8:30 a.m. Opening Session – Concert Hall; Keynote:               9:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
            Gary Crain as “Gomer Pyle”
                                                                 10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:00 a.m. EXPO Hall Opens
10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions                                   Noon:      Luncheon – Century II, Special Guest: Tom
                                                                             Stiles, Director, Bureau of Water, KDHE
Noon:      Luncheon – Century II, Special Guest: Burke
            Griggs, Associate Professor, Washburn                1:30 p.m. Certification Exam, Water & Wastewater
            University School of Law                                         Small Systems, Classes I - IV, Hyatt Ballroom E

FOOD, GAMES, SOCIAL AND                                                                  Exotica; and, Electronic Bingo! And to
                                                                                         top it off, there’s a $10,000 Putting
$10,000 IN PRIZES!                                                                       Challenge.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.                                                                     Kansas’ oldest Rock n’ Roll band,
                                                                                         King Midas & The Mufflers, returns,
Century II Convention Center                                                             playing the best ‘60s and ‘70s rock n’
   Plan now to attend the Opening Nite “Meet                                             roll you will ever hear. People stand in
& Greet” that combines fun, food and                                                     line for the two caricaturists to draw
fellowship. First, there will be plenty of                                               faces. Want to win prizes? Then take
barbecue and all the side dishes – and a beer trailer, coffee,   part in the games and place those tickets in your choices of
tea and water. This year’s menu has great barbecued              game buckets for the prize drawing that begins at 9:45 p.m.
chicken and pork, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and       The ticket price for this event is only $20. Winners must be
dessert. And there are the games, including these: Deluxe        present.
Casino; Axe Throw; O2 Bar,                                                        Play the games, rack up the tickets, drop
Kentucky Derby; One Ball;                                                       the tickets in the buckets during or at the
Basketball Toss; High Striker;                                                  close of the event. This is one super-social
Bugbuster; Cork Guns, Mini-                                                     event to make new friends and renew
Basketball, Machine Guns, the                                                   acquaintances. Purchase your ticket on the
Sizzler Ride, Big Buck Hunter                                                   registration form – and join in the fun at
Arcade; Silver Strike Bowling; Fast                                             KRWA’s “Meet & Greet” Tuesday evening at
and Furious Drifting Driver; Cruis’n                                            Century II. Doors will open at 6:30.

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  9 preconference sessions on Tuesday, March 28;           Best Tasting Water Contest, WaterPAC Raffle
early registration is required.                            Awards Banquet and Entertainment – recognition
  48 concurrent sessions, Wednesday and                  of Kansas’ Best – Operators, Managers and
Thursday.                                                Administrators. “Honky Tonk Angels” by The Forum
  365 exhibit spaces in EXPO Hall with the latest in     Theatre’s incredibly talented female performers are
products and services.                                   sure to have you clapping and stomping.
  Attorneys’ Forum – for lawyers only, – a great           Spouse Program – Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., "Board
opportunity to learn more and exchange information.      & Brush!” in Convention Hall at Century II. Here’s a
Attorneys of KRWA-member utilities attend at no cost.    perfect opportunity for spouses (ladies and gents) to
                                                         socialize and have fun, all while creating a unique
  Opening Nite – Meet & Greet! This is a blast – with
                                                         piece of art they can proudly display in their homes.
great food and social, games to play to earn tickets
for the prizes. Kansas’ oldest rock ‘n roll band, King     Operator Certification Exam – the certification
Midas and the Mufflers returns to play favorite hits.    exam will be given for Small System (SS) and
                                                         Class I - IV Water and Wastewater, Thursday at 1:30
  Opening Session & Keynote – Gary Crain brings
                                                         in Ballroom E at 1:30 p.m., March 30. Information on
his impersonation of “Gomer Pyle” to the 2023
                                                         obtaining an exam application form can be found in
Conference. Sporting Gomer’s signature cap with an
                                                         this issue and online.
upturned bill and service station uniform, Gary
                                                           Annual Membership Meeting – Thursday, March
transforms into the lovable entertaining country boy.
                                                         30 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 209A.
  Luncheon Speakers – Burke Griggs, Associate
                                                           Spring Golf Tourney – Tuesday, March 28 at the
Professor, Washburn University School of Law
                                                         Rolling Hills Golf Club, 223 S. Westlink (off of Maple
(Wednesday), and Tom Stiles, Manager, Bureau of
                                                         and Tyler in west Wichita). This is a four-person
Water, Kansas Department of Health &
                                                         scramble. (Name your team members). Register to
Environment, (Thursday).
                                                                     play golf on the KRWA registration form.
                                                                     The $75 fee includes green fees, cart rental
                                                                     and box lunch. Remit payment to KRWA.
                                                                     No jeans and no spikes!

                                                                    The Best in
                                                                    ★ Best Tasting Water
                                                                    ★ Friend of Rural Water
                                                                    ★ Rural Water Operator
                                                                    ★ Municipal Operator
                                                                    ★ Rural Water Manager
                                                                    ★ Municipal Business Manager
                                                                    ★ Rural Water Office Manager
                                                                    ★ Wastewater Operator
                                                                    ★ Most Improved Water System
                                                                    ★ Special Recognition

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Burke Griggs, J.D.                                                      Tom Stiles
Washburn University School of Law                                       Director, Bureau of Water, KDHE
Speaker, Wednesday Luncheon                                             Speaker, Thursday Luncheon

B      urke Griggs is Associate Professor of Law at
       Washburn University. He teaches property
law to first-year students and natural resources
                                                                        T    om Stiles is Director of the Bureau of Water
                                                                             at the Kansas Department of Health and
                                                                        Environment. He oversees programs that
law to upper-division students. His research                            include design review and permitting to a host
agenda follows three interwoven lines of inquiry: the history of        of regulatory matters related to compliance of water and
property rights regimes in natural resources; the geophysical           wastewater systems with state and federal regulations. Stiles will
aspects of natural resources and how they respond to different          discuss emerging issues and opportunities presented as we enter
forms of ownership, exploitation, and regulation; and the diverse       the third year of President Biden’s Administration, particularly
political cultures of the owners and communities which compete for      actions coming out of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
and contest the use of these resources.                                   The Bureau of Water administers programs related to public
    Prior to joining Washburn in 2016, he practiced water law in both   water supplies, wastewater treatment systems, the disposal of
the public and private sectors. As an assistant attorney general, he    sewage, the assessment of the State’s waters and underground
represented Kansas in federal and interstate water matters              injection control and hydrocarbon storage. These programs are
including the Republican River Compact against Nebraska. For the        designed to provide safe drinking water, prevent water pollution and
first time in its history, the Supreme Court awarded disgorgement of    help assure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations
the violating state’s ill-gotten gains (Kansas v. Nebraska, 135 S.Ct.   such as the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act.
1042 (2015). Professor Griggs also served as lead counsel for             Stiles' work with Kansas water agencies dates back to 1982 when
Kansas in the negotiations over the Kickapoo Tribe reserved water       he began as Hydrologist at the Kansas Water Office. He was
rights settlement, the first of its kind in Kansas. Outside of the      named Assistant Director in 1992. He joined KDHE in 1998 to
litigation arena, he has advised Kansas’ natural resources agencies     create the Kansas TMDL program where he was responsible for
on matters of natural resources law and policy. Griggs earned a         the state’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program. He was
B.A. from Stanford, M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale and J.D. from the          named Director of the Bureau of Water in 2019. Stiles earned a
University of Kansas.                                                   B.A. from Colorado State and M.A. at the University of Minnesota.

                                                                        When booking rooms, be sure to ask
 ACCOMMODATIONS                                                         for the KRWA room block.
  Ambassador Hotel, 104 S. Broadway, Ph. 316/239­                         Hawthorn Suites Wichita Airport, 5500 W. Kellogg Dr.;
7100; comp shuttle to Century II. $169 flat; $12.00 daily               Ph. 316/943­2181; Complimentary Hot Breakfast; $85
parking fee                                                             Flat
  Best Western Plus Eastgate Inn & Suites, 8300 E.                        Hilton Garden Inn, Wichita Downtown, 401 E.
Kellogg; Ph. 316/682­3000. Free breakfast; new hotel in                 Douglas; New in 2019; Ph. 316/669­6175; $154 flat.
2009; Single or Double $89                                              Complimentary Parking
  Best Western Plus West Wichita Airport, (Formerly                       Holiday Inn Select, 549 S. Rock Road; Ph. 888/558­
Hampton Inn) 3800 W. Kellogg; Ph. 316/854­5050;                         5113 or 316/686­7131, for king or double, (one to four
comp. airport shuttle and deluxe hot breakfast bar;                     persons); $96 flat
$89.99 flat.                                                              Home2Suites by Hilton, 200 N. Sycamore St.; Ph
  Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 W. Douglas; Ph.                      316/867­6505; $159 Queen; $164 King; $169 Double;
316/262­5000; Newly renovated; Free hot comp.                           $179 King Suite
breakfast; free 5:30 Kickback; Use group #2442530;                        Hotel at Old Town, 830 E. First, complimentary parking
$10.00 daily parking fee; Single or Double $159                         garage; complimentary hot buffet breakfast;
          Fairfield Inn Suites by Marriott, Wichita                     Ph. 316/267­4800; $147 Queen; $147 King
          Downtown, 525 S. Main. New in 2011. Comp.                       Hyatt Regency, attached to Century II, complimentary
               shuttle to Century II; expanded comp.                    parking garage; Ph. 316/293­1234; $165 single; $165
                   breakfast. Ph. 316/201­1400; $157                    double
                   King or Queen
                                                                          LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 6335 W. Kellogg Dr.;
                                                                        Ph. 316/943­2373; complimentary breakfast; $99 flat

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T UESDAY M ORNING                                               A U NIQUE
  WAKE UP!                                                        C ONFERENCE . . .

THE “ALMOST 5K­KRWA                                               THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO ATTEND
CONFERENCE RUN/WALK”                                              THE KRWA CONFERENCE
  Even if it’s cool out,                                            There are many reasons to attend the KRWA
we’re ready to run or walk!                                       conference. Here are a few:
This is a 2.75-mile track                                           To network: Meet with industry peers – and meet
that takes you along the                                          new people. The KRWA conference is a good place to
Riverwalk path adjacent to                                        meet with people in the industry who you otherwise
the Arkansas River near                                           would likely never have the opportunity to meet. This
Century II. You don’t have                                        conference has you among friends!
to be a professional runner
to enjoy an early morning                                           To learn: There have been many changes in the
outing.                                                           water and wastewater industries. From new
                                                                  technologies to changing regulations, new products
  When and where? Assemble in the area of the
                                                                  and services, attend this conference to meet with the
registration booth in the Connecting Lobby at Century II
                                                                  experts from across the country.
at 7 a.m.
                                                                    To share your ideas: The KRWA conference brings
  The path is from Century II, then south across the
                                                                  people from across Kansas from 330+ cities and 200
Arkansas River and then north to Exploration Place. Then
                                                                  rural water, public wholesale systems, etc. Meet with
turn east; watch the sun rise over the Keeper of the Plains
                                                                  peers exchange ideas.
as you cross back over the Arkansas River. Then follow
the Riverwalk past the Drury Inn and you’re into the home           To meet experts: Benefit from the expertise of some
stretch with the finish line back at Century II.                  of the leading authorities in Kansas and from across
  There's no cost to participate. The top three placers will      the U.S.
receive trophies. Only registered conference attendees may          To gain value: Gain access to all the resources you
enter. This run/walk is not open to the public!                   need to help you and your community to make
  All ages and paces are welcome! Let’s make it fun!              improvements. Explore EXPO Hall. The KRWA
                                                                  Conference & Exhibition is among the largest in the
  DATE: TUESDAY MARCH 28                                          U.S.
  WHERE TO START: CONNECTING LOBBY, CENTURY II                      To expand your interest: This conference has
  TIME: 7 AM, RAIN OR SHINE                                       sessions to help attendees expand their field of
                                                                  interest. Board and council members, utility staff
  DISTANCE: 4.4K - 2.75 MILES                                     members from operators to managers, administrators,
                                                                  city clerks and office staff – there is something for
                                                                  everyone all the time.

Yes, they are back – and by popular demand! The incomparable
Butler Headliners will help get the 54th Annual Conference off
to a rousing start with a show called “Seasons of Growth”. They
perform at the Opening Session, Wednesday, March 29 at 8:30
a.m. in Concert Hall.

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TASTE T EST –                                                     C ERTIFICATION
WATER PAC                                                         E XAMS

BEST TASTING WATER                                                WATER OR WASTEWATER
IN KANSAS CONTEST                                                 OPERATOR CERTIFICATION EXAM –
   Every water system has good water –                            SMALL SYSTEM, CLASS I, II, III AND IV
but some may be better than others. Let’s
put them to the test. In 2002, the city of                        Thursday, March 30, 1:30 P.M.
Emporia won and was among the five
                                                                  Hyatt Ballroom E
finalists in the nation; in 2003, Public Wholesale District No.
4 won and placed first in the nation! In 2012 and 2016,              The Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Emporia placed second In 2021, a sample was submitted             requires that the exam application be received by KDHE
from WaterOne which placed first in the U.S.                      at least two (2) weeks prior to the exam date (or March
   How to enter? It’s easy. Bring a one gallon sample of          16). For an exam application, please call KDHE at
water (in a glass container) from your city or rural water        785/296-5511 or print an application from KDHE's
district to the registration desk at Century II by noon on        Website https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/638/Water-
Tuesday, March 28. A panel of three water industry                Wastewater-Operator-Certification. See bottom two
professionals will judge the samples that afternoon. The          links for the applications. The application and payment
winner will advance to represent Kansas in the Great              must be mailed to KDHE and received by KDHE by
American Water Taste Test at National Rural Water’s “Rural        March 16. The exam will begin at 1:30 p.m. to allow
Water Rally” in Washington, D.C. in February. The 2022            operators ample time to attend the Thursday noon
winner, the city of Arkansas City, will be entered in the 2023    luncheon.
national contest to be held in Washington in February and
the winner at the KRWA 2023 conference will be entered in
the national contest in 2024.
                                                                  CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE –
                                                                  RESPECT FOR OTHERS
SUPPORT “RURAL WATER” THROUGH                                        Nearly everyone carries a cell phone; a cell phone is a
THE WATERPAC RAFFLE                                               tremendous tool and convenience, KRWA requests that
                                                                  when attending the opening session, the concurrent
   The WaterPAC Raffle supports the National Rural Water          training sessions, the noon luncheons or other events
Association’s political action                                    during the conference, attendees should place their cell
committee. In 2022, WaterPAC                                      phone on silence. No one wants to be distracted because
raised $6,298. Since KRWA                                         of a ringing cell phone or someone taking a call when in a
began supporting WaterPAC,                                        group. If you receive a call, it’s a basic courtesy to depart
conference-goers have donated                                     the room and return the call or wait until break.
$98,961. As an affiliate of the
National Rural Water Association
(NRWA), KRWA members benefit
                                                                  ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
from the legislative representation of NRWA in Washington.          The annual meeting of KRWA membership and
The WaterPAC Raffle is an opportunity for conference-             business meeting will be held in Meeting Room 209A
goers to support the NRWA political action committee. Stop        beginning at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, March 30. Delegate
by the KRWA booth in EXPO Hall to take a look at                  forms were mailed to all voting members on January 4,
the WaterPAC Raffle items. Then make a donation                   2023. Check with your city or RWD’s office to ensure that
and have opportunities for drawings which will be                 your voting delegate is registered.
held at the Thursday luncheon. The prizes this
year include the king-size quilt “Fanfare For
The Heroes”, large screen TV, and many
other great prizes. KRWA donates the
prizes. It’s your opportunity to win and
support WaterPAC.

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ATTORNEYS’                                                    PRECONFERENCE SESSIONS
FORUM                                                         TUESDAY, MARCH 28
Tuesday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.                                  9:30 a.m., Room 210A
Trail Rooms
                                                              2023 ENGINEERS’ FORUM FOR WATER AND
Quality Water – The
                                                              WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
Clear Choice!
                                                                 While this forum may appear to
   This Attorneys’ Forum celebrates its
                                                              be for “Engineers”, it is open to
24th anniversary at the 2023 KRWA conference. The Forum
                                                              anyone who may have water,
is intended to provide an opportunity for KRWA-member
                                                              wastewater or other essential
water and wastewater system attorneys to discuss topics of
                                                              community facility improvement
interest and concern. Those who attend will receive 6.5
                                                              needs. This training will provide the most current Guidance
hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit with teo
                                                              for the Use of Engineers Joint Contract Documents
hours of ethics credit. There is no charge to attend, but
                                                              Committee (EJCDC) Documents on Water and Waste
because of room size, attendance is limited to the first 40
                                                              Projects with RUS Financial Assistance (RUS 1780-26) and
                                                              information on the continued compliance of American Iron
7:30 a.m.: Registration opens. Pick up attendee               and Steel (AIS) Requirements with Rural Utilities Service
portfolio; complimentary hospitality in Connecting Lobby,     Financial Assistance (RUS 1780-35). This training will help
Century II.                                                   engineers, environmental consultants, and other
                                                              professionals that provide services to applicants by
9:00 – 9:50: Roundtable Discussion (Part I) Q&A on            preparing Engineering and NEPA documents.
Easements; Lack of Easement for Existing Lines;
                                                              7:30 a.m.: Registration opens.
Consent of Mortgagees, Scope.
                                                              9:30 - 9:45: Welcome and Logistics. Dan Fischer,
9:50 – 10:40: Effective and Ethical Practice Before           Community Programs Director, Rural Development,
the District Court. Larry D. Hendricks, District Court        United States Department of Agriculture
Judge, (Retired), Topeka, Kan.
                                                              9:45 – 11:45: PER Requirements, Project
10:40 – 10:55: Break                                          Environmental Review, US Bulletin 1780-35 and
10:55 – 11:45: Call Saul: Breaking Bad Ethics.                American Iron and Steel Requirements.
Kathleen J. Selzler Lippert, Office of the Disciplinary       Muhammad Khan, Civil Engineer, Rural Development,
Administrator, Topeka, Kan.                                   United States Department of Agriculture
11:45 – 1:00: Lunch, provided compliments of KRWA             11:45 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00: Roundtable Discussion (Part II): Open            1:00 – 2:00: RUS Bulletin 1780-26 and 2018 EJCDC
Records Update, 12-539 Territorial Issues;                    Documents. Muhammad Khan, Civil Engineer, Rural
Physical Requirement in Hiring; Service by                    Development, United States Department of Agriculture
City/RWD in Territory of the Other                            2:00 – 2:15: Break
2:00 – 3:30: Acquiring, Changing and Transferring             2:15 – 3:00: Program Topic Updates. Dan Fischer,
Kansas Water Rights. Burke W. Griggs, Associate               Community Programs Director, Rural Development,
Professor of Law, Washburn University, Topeka, Kan. David     United States Department of Agriculture
M. Traster, Foulston Siefkin, LLP, Wichita, Kan.
                                                              3:15: Wrap-up and Questions
3:30 – 3:45: Break
                                                              3:30: Adjourn. Join friends in EXPO Hall; exhibits
3:45 – 4:15: Roundtable Discussion (Part III)                 open at 4 p.m.
Caselaw and AG Opinions.
4:15: Adjourn. Exhibit Arena Opens. Complimentary social      No operator credit is awarded for
in EXPO Hall, Century II Convention Center; Meet & Greet      attendance.
opens at 6:30.

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9:30 a.m., Hyatt Ballroom D                                       9:30 a.m., Hyatt Ballroom E
WATER OPERATOR EXAM REVIEW –                                      ABCS OF VFDS
PREPARING FOR CERTIFICATION                                          Can you imagine a day without
                                                                  water? No morning coffee or a hot
   This session is a must for                                     shower? Breakfast would be different,
operators planning to take the                                    no eggs (it takes about 120 gallons
KDHE certification exam. This                                     to produce one egg), no bread (it takes
session offers water operators                                    about 1,000 gallons of water to grow the wheat to make a
an excellent opportunity to refresh and to review prior to        two-pound loaf of bread), no bacon (50 gallons PER
taking the operator certification exam. Even those                SLICE!), limited cow’s milk (48 gallons per 8oz glass) so
operators already certified will find this session very           that means no cereal, yogurt, cheese, butter…
informative.                                                         The availability of clean water can be a luxury but is a
   The session will review many sample questions and              life sustaining requirement; it is not an entitlement and its
provide the correct answers, including a short                    availability may require that we all make sacrifices to
explanation of why the answers are correct. These                 ensure adequate supply. We need to spend a little more
sample questions will cover a number of topics including          now to ensure future water availability since our aging
the following:                                                    infrastructure is risking the availability of clean water and
   n Chlorination concepts (free vs. combined, etc.)              the removal of wastewater. This training session provides
   n Chlorine residual monitoring                                 generic, customer-focused information on drives and
                                                                  controls for municipal and industrial water and wastewater
   n Sample collection procedures (bacteriological,
                                                                  industries. Here are topics this session covers:
      THM/HAA5, lead and copper, etc.)
                                                                     n ABCs of VFDs – What is a VFD and What Is It For?
   n Well operation and maintenance
                                                                        This session will begin with an introduction to
   n Knowledge of water quality issues                                  motors and their controls. Learn how VFDs work,
   n Regulatory update/Maximum Contaminant Levels                       what they do and what you’ll need to know when
      (MCLs)                                                            choosing a VFD for your system.
   n Distribution system operation, including leak                   n VFD Application and Safety. VFDs offer energy
      detection, waterline disinfection procedures, water               savings when correctly installed and operated. This
      loss, storage tanks                                               session explains what you need to know to select
   n Review of plans required by KDHE, including                        the proper VFD and safely operate it.
      Emergency Operations Plan, Cross-Connection                    n VFD Maintenance and Troubleshooting – Does it
      Control Program, Bacteriological Sampling Plan                    need grease? Just like other equipment, VFDs
   n Safety issues and procedures (trenching, confined                  require preventative maintenance to extend their
      spaces, chemical handling, gas chlorine, etc.)                    life. Learn basic maintenance and troubleshooting
   n Basic math calculations including surface area,                    tips you can apply in your system.
      volume, chemical dosages, water pressure, etc.              PRESENTER:
   Again, the material presented in this session will be           JEFF BERGMAN, ABB, INC., ORLANDO, FLORIDA
helpful to operators planning to take the water exam. Also,
all levels of certification should find the information useful.     Moderator: Derek Kling,
There will be ample time available to answer your                              City of El Dorado, Kansas
questions, so don't be shy!
                                                                  Water and wastewater operators who attend will receive
PRESENTER:                                                        five hours of credit toward operator certification
                EL DORADO, KANSAS

  Moderator: Bill Shroyer, City of Sabetha, KRWA

Water operators who attend will receive five hours of
credit toward operator certification renewal.

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Welcome to the 2023 Annual KRWA Conference and Exhibition
9:30 a.m., Room 209 A                                          9:30 a.m., Room 209 B
TROUBLESHOOTING                                                MAKING CLEAR CHOICES
   What is activated sludge and                                   Here are topics to help city clerks make clear choices.
why is it used so extensively?                                    9:30 - 11:00: Grant Writing. This session will cover the five
Learn about the process and                                    basic steps in the grant writing process – Identifying your
why it is an effective method for                              community's needs, finding funding sources, finding partners,
treating large quantities of raw                               tips and tricks for preparing the proposal, and project
wastewater. This session will                                  management after the award. Learn about best practices for
also discuss the means of                                      proposal preparation for small and large grants and the best
controlling both physical and                                  way to get started. Experienced grant writers will hone critical
biological components of the                                   skills that impact application success.
process. Learn all variables for                               PRESENTER: DEB OHLDE, NORTH-CENTRAL REGIONAL PLANNING
controlling the activated sludge process and when to adjust                   COMMISSION, BELOIT, KANSAS
each to achieve optimum treatment. Other topics included       11:15 - 12:00: Emergency Water Assistance Program. This
in this training will be process control lab tests and         session will provide an overview of the Emergency Water
interpretation of the results.                                 Assistance Program (EWAP) a federally funded program being
   No matter what type or size of activated sludge system is   administered for Kansas residents by the Kansas Department for
being operated, attend this session and take home helpful      Children and Families (DCF). Learn about funds available to
and time-saving techniques to optimize plant performance.      help restore or prevent disconnection of water to Kansas
                                                               households, what households qualify for funding, and the
For example, the advantages and disadvantages of
                                                               process utility owners need to utilize to receive payments.
calculating Food/Microbe ratios (F/Ms), Sludge Retention
Times (SRTs), and Mean Cell Residence Times (MCRTs)            PRESENTER: KRISTAN HARDISTER, KANSAS DEPARTMENT FOR
will be reviewed. Learn which method is best for the                          CHILDREN & FAMILIES, WICHITA, KANSAS
situation and how to minimize the operations lab time.         1:00 - 2:00: Lead Service Line Inventory. As required by the
Learn the techniques to solve challenges with the activated    recent revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCRR), all water
sludge process. The discussion will review prevention,         systems must develop a Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) and
                                                               submit it to the KDHE, no later than October 16, 2024. Attend
short-term and long-term solutions, and how the hardening
                                                               this session to learn what information will need to be included,
of the system can prevent or absorb future shocks and
                                                               how to obtain information, and how to document information
upsets. Nitrogen and phosphorous removal will also be
                                                               using KDHE’s spreadsheet.
reviewed as it is becoming an important issue in many
                                                               PRESENTER: ROBERT GAVIN, KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF
areas of the country. This session will address the causes
                                                                              HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT, TOPEKA, KANSAS
and effects of nutrients in receiving streams and the
treatment technologies available to remove them before         2:00 - 4:00: Customer Experience Mapping, Charting a Path
discharge. It is necessary to monitor different areas of the   to Success. Public service customers can’t always leave and
                                                               take their business elsewhere, they are often solely dependent
process stream to maximize treatment. This session will
                                                               on our offices, and their experiences can lay the foundation for
show the where what, and how to properly evaluate
                                                               community prosperity and growth. Customer experience
treatment processes for effective nutrient removal.            mapping is a powerful tool to chart how customers interact with
PRESENTER:                                                     your office. We will map customers’ experiences interacting with
   MICHAEL BROWN, PRIVATE CONSULTANT, PITTSBURG, KANSAS        your office through six customer service attributes. You will
                                                               identify possible pain points, and solutions, and develop a
  Moderator: Shane Browning, Redbarn Pet Products              strategy to increase the level of your customer satisfaction.
             Great Bend, Kansas                                PRESENTER: DEBORAH KOHL, K-STATE RESEARCH & EXTENSION,
                                                                             MANHATTAN, KANSAS
Wastewater operators who attend will receive five
hours of credit toward operator certification renewal.           Moderator: Kim Everley, City of McClouth, Kansas
                                                               *The IIMC Education Department is reviewing the City
                                                               Clerks’ Forum and all concurrent sessions for 1 CMC
                                                               or 1 MMC point.

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Welcome to the 2023 Annual KRWA Conference and Exhibition
9:30 a.m., Room 210C                                            9:30 a.m., Room 210B
   Remote data collection and                                     Board and council
integration have come a long way in                             members are public servants
the last five years. We finally have                            who represent the utility
the ability to understand the data                              customers. Important
collected by meters in a way that                               decisions are made by board
allows water systems to serve their                             and council members during
customers, maintain their systems,                              every meeting. Many board
and conserve water use without the tedious day-to-day           and council members often do not have a clear
operations.                                                     understanding of their role nor do they have an
   Automatic Meter Reading and Advanced Metering                understanding of core principles for effective governance.
Infrastructure have changed the game. Both allow for            Generally speaking, most board and council members do
simple, remote data collection at the meter level that can be   not have the same level of expertise as staff. As
integrated into third-party software for full rendering of      representatives of the public, however, it’s the board or
system information, paperless management, and elite             council members who bear the burden for sound decision-
computational analysis creating a complete picture of the       making on behalf of the public they represent. This training
system.                                                         session will provide many tools and resources to help board
   The panel will discuss how remote data collection has        and council members gain confidence and governance
evolved, the technologies available, new integrations for       skills. The agenda includes group exercises that will
improving operations and management, and the implication        encourage discussion and participation.
of these technologies on the future of water and the              Serving on a board or council is a great honor and even
environment. Special attention will be paid to AI-assisted      greater responsibility. Attend this session to help yourself
data management, understanding and utilizing data               and your RWD or city.
collected from AMR and AMI devices, and combining                 Here are some of the topics that will be covered:
manual and digital data for detailed output and                   n Role of the board/council as representatives of the
management. They will also discuss water scarcity and                  public
bringing in non-profit organizations to assist with               n Role of the individual board member
environmental impact.
                                                                  n Legal and individual responsibilities of board and
PRESENTERS:                                                            council members
                     WATERTOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA                      n Role of staff and management
                                                                  n Conducting effective meetings
                      CHICAGO, ILLINOIS                           n Setting/creating agendas
                                                                  n Grant writing
                 TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA                       PRESENTERS:
                                                                  BETTY JOHNSON, BETTY JOHNSON & ASSOCIATES,
  Moderator: Chad Buckley, City of Lyons, Kansas                                   LAWRENCE, KANSAS
                                                                  BETSY WEARING, DANE G. HANSEN FOUNDATION,
Water and Wastewater operators who attend                                          LOGAN, KANSAS
will receive five hours of credit toward
operator certification renewal.                                   Moderator: Rita Clary, National Rural Water Association

                                                                No operator credit is awarded for this session.

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9:30 a.m., Room 202                                                      9:30 a.m., Room 203
RWD MANAGERS AND                                                         TOOLS AND TECH FOR BUSINESS
BOOKKEEPERS FORUM                                                        CONTINUITY IN PUBLIC WORKS
  Rural water managers and office staff need to be well-versed with        Staff come and go. Facilities are
various aspects of the operation and administration of the public        built and function for a while, but
water system. Knowledgeable management is essential when                 also must be replaced eventually.
dealing with customers, consultants or contractors.                      Everything changes over time in
9:30 – 10:45 am: Understanding Legal Descriptions; Easements             the public utility services realm
In many instances, rural water districts must deal with the complex      except for one thing – the show
rules about easements in order to get water to the next customer.        must go on.
This presentation will review of legal terms regarding real property
and the reasons behind the easement rules. Attendees will also             This session covers asset
learn how to understand legal descriptions.                              management, rate analysis and
PRESENTER: KELLY RUNDELL, ATTORNEY AT LAW,                               rate setting as overarching themes.
           WICHITA, KANSAS                                               The trainers also drill down into
                                                                         major technologies, business processes, resource
11:00 – noon: Lead Service Line Inventory. As required by the
recent revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCRR), all water           requirements, business continuity and succession
systems must develop a Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) and            planning, emergency response and crisis management,
submit it to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment               use of the “Cloud” and mobility, use of a distributed
(KDHE), no later than October 16, 2024. Attend this session to learn     workforce, and other critical issues organizations need to
what type of information will need to be included in the inventory,      handle well to be high-performing, resilient and
how to obtain the information, and how to document the information       sustainable. This session will help you to better fulfill your
using KDHE’s LSLI spreadsheet.                                           role in utility service and to see how you are part of a
              TOPEKA, KANSAS
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Emergency Water Assistance Program. This
                                                                           ARNAB BHOWMICK, FOUNDER AND CEO OF AKTIVOV ASSET
session will provide an overview of the Emergency Water
Assistance Program (EWAP) which is a federally funded program              MANAGEMENT LLC., SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. “Arnie’ has a
that is being administered for Kansas residents by the Kansas              bachelor degree in civil engineering and master’s degrees
Department for Children and Families (DCF). Learn about the funds          in GIS/BIS and sustainable engineering technologies. He
that are available to help restore or prevent disconnection of water       has been advising private and public sector executives,
to Kansas Households, what households qualify for funding, and             managers, and department heads for a couple of decades
the process utility owners need to utilize in order to receive             on asset management, GIS/IT, business continuity,
                                                                           technology trends, and e-governance. He has worked for
                                                                           many multinational firms.
                                                                           MISSOURI. Carl serves as the analyst for the Kansas RATES
2:15 – 2:45 pm: Tracking Water Use and Water Loss
                                                                           Program and six other associations. As a private consultant
Are you waiting until February 28th of each year to submit the
                                                                           since 2005, he has completed more than 350 water, sewer,
required annual Water Use Report to the Division of Water
                                                                           stormwater, sanitation, landfill, and electric rate analyses.
Resources? If so, this presentation is for you. Attendees will learn
                                                                           Carl Brown serves as the analyst for the Kansas RATES
how to use a simple spreadsheet to calculate water use and water
                                                                           Program, as well as similar programs with the Colorado,
loss monthly. It’s a useful tool to help water systems identify when a
                                                                           New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia, and
problem with loss occurs and makes the end-of-year reporting
                                                                           Wyoming rural water associations.
process easier.
                                                                           Moderator: Rodney Eggleston,
3:00: Questions and Answers. The facilitators will monitor a                          City of Valley Center, Kansas
period of roundtable discussions.
  Facilitators: Brenda Adkins, General Manager, Jackson RWD 3
                Denise Eggers, Office Manager, Jefferson RWD 12
No Operator credit is awarded for this session.

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OPENING SESSION                                                       SPOUSE
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29                                                   PROGRAM
7:30 a.m. Registration Opens, connecting lobby, Century
          II; complimentary beverages, rolls, muffins and
                                                                      Board and Brush!
          more at the entrance to Concert Hall. Exhibits              – a DIY Event!
          open 10 a.m.                                                  The 2023 conference brings another exciting Spouse
OPENING SESSION                                                       Program to Century II Convention Center.
                                                                      When: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, afternoon,
8:30 a.m., Concert Hall, Century II                                         March 29
  n Welcome: Paul Froelich, President, KRWA
                                                                      Where: Convention Hall, Century II
  n Invocation: Carl Chalfant, Director, KRWA                                Convention Center
  n "Seasons of Growth", Butler Headliners                               This year’s Spouse
                                                                      Program is a perfect
           K EYNOTE S PEAKER                                          opportunity for spouses
                                                                      (ladies and gents) to
Gomer Pyle and all                                                    socialize and have some fun, all while creating a unique
                                                                      piece of art they can proudly display in their homes. There’s
his friends!                                                          nothing quite like bonding with others over a hands-on,
   Gomer Pyle was a sweet but not-too-                                inspiring DIY event!
smart U.S. Marine from Mayberry, North                                Get hands-on instruction
Carolina who was stationed at Camp                                      The Wichita studio team of Board & Brush will provide
Henderson near Los Angeles,                                           various design options. All materials will be provided – and
California. Gomer's innocence, naivete’,                              KRWA will provide the coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate-
and low-key demeanor often got him into trouble, most                 covered strawberries and cookies for what is sure to be a
frequently at the hands of his loud-mouthed superior,                 great time in a fun atmosphere.
Sergeant Carter.
   Gary Crain, of Searcy, Arkansas has perfected his
impersonation of Gomer through the years. What once
stated out as simple fun has turned into a more permanent
gig. He’s turned into a wonderful tribute artist and his voice
is not to be missed. Sporting Gomer’s signature cap with an
upturned bill and service station uniform with that ever-
present handkerchief dangling from the back pocked, Gary
easily transforms into the lovable country boy and                      KRWA requests advance registration to attend the
entertains audiences across the nation.                               Spouse Program. The Association needs to arrange for
   Gary will also be giving impersonations of some of                 the materials, which again will be complimentary – but
Gomer’s friends including Barney Fife, Floyd the Barber, Bill         KRWA must know how many will attend so that adequate
Clinton, John Wayne and Walter Brennan. And “Gomer”                   arrangements will be in place. A special ticket will be
sings Elvis too!                                                      included with your name badge when checking in at the
   “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!” KRWA conference-goers              registration counter.
are in for not only an exceptionally funny Opening Session              The Board & Brush Spouse Program will be held in
— “Shazam!” and “Gaaw-aawly-ly” — but also one with a                 Convention Hall at Century II immediately following the
message from the heart.                                               Wednesday noon luncheon.

Water and wastewater operators will receive 1.5 hours of
                                                                       Thank you to all of the companies and agencies that
certification credit for attendance; must be there at 8:30 a.m.
                                                                         provided sponsorships for the 2023 conference.
                                                                             See the listing in this issue and online.
Special Note: A drawing will be held for two $250 VISA cards at the
close of the Opening Session. Turn your ticket in when you enter
the Concert Hall for the Opening Session. Must be in by 8:30 a.m.

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    Hyatt Ballroom D                           Hyatt Ballroom E                                    209 A                                      209 B
Moderator: Spencer Walker                  Moderator: Austin Torrente                Moderator: Jay Russell                    Moderator: Dennis Enneking
           City of Mulvane                            Mayer Specialty Services                  Public Wholesale District 11              City of Sabetha
Op. Credit: W                              Op. Credit: WW                            Op. Credit: W                             Op. Credit: None; Clerk IIMC*
UNDER THE LCRR                             SEWER LINE REHABILITATION                 CONTROL VALVES                            INFRASTRUCTURE LAW
There is still uncertainty about what      The city of Hooker, Oklahoma was in       Automatic valves that control storage     The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)
the Lead and Copper Rule will require      a pinch, literally, as a segment of       tank levels maintain pressure, or         provides historic investment in U.S.
when the dust settles. One of the          sewer main that carries the majority      control flow seem difficult to            infrastructure, with $1.2 trillion in
requirements under the Lead and            of the town’s flow, and runs under        understand and intimidate many            formula and discretionary funding for
Copper Rule Revisions that EPA says        the railroad tracks, was choked           operators. This session will remove       transportation, energy, cybersecurity,
will NOT change is to prepare a Service    down. Television inspection               the mystery surrounding automatic         broadband, water and resilience.
Line Inventory of all customers served     discovered that the 12­inch line had      control valves. Learn how they            Kansas is estimated to receive $3.8
by your water system. Learn how to         been reduced to half capacity from        operate in a simple on/off scenario,      billion in formula funds over a five­year
prepare an inventory and obtain the        tuberculation build­up. This case         how to use system pressure to             period. This session provides an
information needed to complete your        study covers why a routine sewer          operate the valves, and how to know       introduction to BIL and its potential
inventory. Session attendees will also     maintenance program is vital and          they will close when we want them         impact in Kansas. Learn about the
become familiar with KDHE’s                without it, the city would have not       to. Gain insight into the simple pilot    Kansas Infrastructure Hub and how
spreadsheet for listing all needed         found this problem before it became       system and exactly how these things       local officials are able to position their
information.                               catastrophic.                             really work.                              communities for success.

Robert Gavin, P.G.                         Melinda Lambert                           Robb White                                Vanessa Lemoreaux
Kansas Dept. of Health & Env.              Mayer Specialty Services, LLC             ESI Water                                 Kansas Dept. of Transportation
Topeka, Kansas                             Goddard, Kansas                           Olathe, Kansas                            Topeka, Kansas

                210 A                                    210 B                                     210 C                                        203
Moderator: Darrell Shippy                  Moderator: Kyle Boyd                      Moderator: Jeremy Sigler                  Moderator: Tony Stahl
           Kansas Dept. of Health & Env.              Sedgwick RWD 3                            City of Chanute                           Kansas Dept. of Health & Env.
Op. Credit: W & WW                         Op. Credit: W & WW                        Op. Credit: W & WW; Clerk IIMC*           Op. Credit: W & WW
Work zones can be unexpected and           The most important job of an operator     There’s a new acronym; it’s KEIMS – the   KDHE maintains two Harmful Algal
surprising events for drivers. A           is ensuring safe water is delivered to    Kansas Environmental Information          Bloom (HAB) Programs with established
surprised driver is more likely to make    customers. Kansas drinking water          Management System. KEIMS is the new       HAB response strategies. The
a wrong decision. Uniformity is one of     regulations require Public Water          online data management system built       recreational component evaluates
the best ways to present information       Supplies to disinfect and maintain        to improve communication between          impacts in the State’s surface waters
to drivers in a way that they will         certain levels of chlorine residual in    the various regulatory programs within    using measured algal cell counts and
quickly understand, resulting in           the water. The requirements are           KDHE and the regulated community.         toxin concentrations, and a voluntary
correct responses and safer work           different depending on if your water      KEIMS can be accessed by both internal    drinking water supply component,
zones. This presentation will              contains “Free” or “Combined”             users and external users to create and    which monitors for possible toxins that
summarize Part VI of the Manual on         chlorine. This session will explain the   manage applications, submissions, and     may affect public water supply systems.
Uniform Traffic Control Devices            differences between “Free” and            even payments. Attendees will learn       This presentation will offer an overview
(MUTCD) with emphasis on short­term        “Combined” chlorine, what the terms       how to successfully integrate this new    of HAB ecology, HAB response
work zone setups that utility workers      represent and how your water system       program into their system. Anyone can     programs, and HAB mitigation
are likely to use.                         is affected by each.                      become a KEIMS user.                      activities.

Dr. Steven Schrock                         S. Patrick McCool                         Debbie Mendenhall                         Benjamin Growcock
KU Transportation Center                   Kansas Rural Water Association            Kansas Dept. of Health & Env.             Kansas Dept. of Health & Env.
Lawrence, Kansas                           Wichita, Kansas                           Topeka, Kansas                            Topeka, Kansas

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                                                                            WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 1:30 P.M.

    Hyatt Ballroom D                          Hyatt Ballroom E                                      209 A                                       209 B
Moderator: Jeff Litzel                    Moderator: Vince Deason                    Moderator: Bruce Spare                      Moderator: Butch Laidler
           City of Chanute                           Key Equipment & Supply                     Saline RWD 8                                City of Leon
Op. Credit: W & WW                        Op. Credit: WW                             Op. Credit: W & WW                          Op. Credit: W & WW
INTRODUCTION TO EPA’S                     TOOLS FOR INSPECTING                       REPAIR OF HYDRANTS AND                      MORE THAN JUST THREE
PROPOSED PFAS RULE                        WASTEWATER SYSTEMS                         VALVES VS. REPLACEMENT                      GUYS AND A HARDHAT
This session will be an introduction to   Preventative maintenance is ALWAYS         Problems with valves and hydrants           We know a confined space entry
what PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl                cheaper than reacting when something       never show up at convenient times.          requires “Three guys and a hardhat”,
substances) is, why it’s called the       breaks. This session will focus on the     Just like other parts in the system,        but there is much more to know in
“Forever Chemical”, its sources and       PASS (Phased Assessment Strategy for       valves and hydrants require                 order to be safe. This session will
adverse health effects. The possible      Sewers) which allows operators to          maintenance in order to maximize            define a confined space, discuss
effects on public water supplies will     understand the condition of the sewer      their value. Is expensive replacement       when a permit is required and
be covered as well as potential           system quicker and with fewer resources.   necessary or can a simple repair be         explain OSHA requirements for
impacts on wastewater systems.            Learn how to prioritize maintenance        accomplished? Attendees of this             maintaining a safe workplace in and
Results from KDHE’s voluntary             activities, reduce maintenance costs,      session will find out simple ways to        around these areas. You will also
monitoring programs for PFAS will         meet environmental regulations, and        repair that leaky fire hydrant and what     learn the duties and responsibilities
also be presented and discussed.          reduce environmental impacts. Different    caused the thing to fail in the first       of the Confined Space Entrant, the
Funding information to address PFAS       types of equipment that allow operators    place. Can a valve really be repaired?      Attendant, and the Supervisor. This
through KDHE’s Drinking Water SRF’s       to implement this strategy and the pros    Learn more in this informative              session will benefit exam takers.
will also be covered.                     and cons of each will be reviewed.         session.                                    Don’t miss this one!

Cathy Tucker-Vogel                        Nate Miller; Steve Williams                R J Taylor                                  Kevin Jones
Kansas Dept. of Health & Env.             Key Equipment & Supply                     M&H / Kennedy Valve Company                 Midwest Fire Training Assoc.
Topeka, Kansas                            Kansas City, Kansas                        Bucyrus, Kansas                             Chanute, Kansas

              210 A                                     210 B                                       210 C                                         203
Moderator: Frank Moreno                   Moderator: Robin Lujan                     Moderator: James DePriest                   Moderator: Allan Soetaert
           City of Wellington                        City of Holcomb                            City of Garnett                             Johnson RWD 7, KRWA, KWA
Op. Credit: WW                            Op. Credit: W & WW; Clerk IIMC             Op. Credit: None                            Op. Credit: None
GET SOLID FOOTING ON PART                 HOW TO ACCESS FUNDING                      WHY AND HOW                                 THE FUTURE IS NOW – THE
503 RULES                                 THROUGH RD APPLY                           APPRENTICESHIP WORKS                        STATE OF WATER IN KANSAS
Solids handling can become one of the     RD Apply is an easy­to­use, intuitive      Apprenticeship is the oldest form of        Kansas will not survive without water.
largest financial costs for municipal     online application system with 24/7        education, dating back to medieval          Issues impacting surface and
treatment plants. It is everyone’s job    access through any internet­ready          times. Apprenticeship is still an           groundwater quality in Kansas continue
to protect human health and the           device. Each organization has the          effective form of career training today.    to generate attention. Interest is
environment through good                  ability to control who can view and        Attend this session to learn about the      building in collaborative water resource
operations. John Dunn (EPA Water          modify their application. All              history behind apprenticeship, how it       management techniques to secure,
Permitting) and Seth Draper (EPA          information is safe and secure with        works, and how apprenticeship is            protect and conserve our state’s water
Water Enforcement) will talk about        identity security. Faster processing       growing in Kansas. This presentation        resources. This session will review
the regulatory requirements set forth     reduces questions and ensures a            will provide an overview of KRWA’s          recent Kansas water achievements,
in 40 CFR 503, what they are and why      complete application; it also better       Apprenticeship Program for water and        discuss current challenges impacting
they are important. Learn about           positions your organization for funding.   wastewater operators. Learn the             water quality and quantity, and look
practical approaches to following the     Not only are we making it easier for       minimum qualifications, employer            ahead to future efforts working to
Part 503 rules. There will be ample       you to submit your applications, you       responsibilities, the role of the mentor,   provide access to safe and reliable
time for discussion.                      can track the progress.                    and more.                                   water for Kansans.

Seth Draper; John Dunn                    Dan Fischer                                Monica Wurtz                                Connie Owen; Matt Unruh
Environmental Protection Agency           USDA Rural Development                     Kansas Rural Water Association              Kansas Water Office
Lenexa, Kansas                            Topeka, Kansas                             Clifton, Kansas                             Topeka, Kansas

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   Hyatt Ballroom D                            Hyatt Ballroom E                                    209 A                                     209 B
Moderator: Eric Purk                       Moderator: Travis Seaton                  Moderator: Lewis McCartney               Moderator: Jamie Tomlinson
           City of Maize                              City of Leoti                             City of Harper                           Russell RWD 3
Op. Credit: W & WW                         Op. Credit: WW                            Op. Credit: W & WW; Clerk IIMC*          Op. Credit: W & WW
THE CHALLENGES OF                          WASTEWATER LAGOONS 101:                   USING ASSET MANAGEMENT                   EXCAVATING WITH SAFETY
LOCATING UTILITIES                         THE BASICS                                TO REDUCE COSTS                          ALWAYS IN MIND
Locating underground utilities is a        This session is primarily for new         In this session attendees will learn     Is this hole in the ground
huge challenge because of the vast         operators who want to better              about how the EPA is promoting           considered a trench? That’s an
array of buried lines. It’s essential to   understand the physical and               Basic Asset Management through           important question operators
identify the location of utilities to      biological processes that occur           the SRF and WIIN Grant programs by       should answer during every
ensure the safety of facilities and        when treating wastewater in a             providing incentives, including          excavation. Each job needs a
workers. This session explains how         lagoon. The relationship between          priority ranking points for having a     competent person to oversee the
a locator works and why it                 algae and facultative bacteria will       Basic Asset Management framework         work to ensure no one is injured.
sometimes doesn’t. Learn about the         be discussed and how critical this is     and lower interest rates for DWSRF       This session will define a trench and
circuit that is being created when         to producing a high­quality               or CWSRF. Discover how to get away       what OSHA requires to maintain a
locating and how different                 effluent. How seasonal weather            from “run until failure” or “fix it      safe workplace in and around these
frequencies can influence it. Help         changes and other factors that can        when it breaks” mode and get to the      areas. You will learn the twelve
make the locate easier by applying         affect treatment will also be             point where you are working on the       items to check during the Daily
the advantages of different locating       addressed. This session will benefit      system in a proactive way instead of     Inspection. This session will be
methods.                                   exam takers.                              reactive way.                            beneficial to exam takers.

Jeff Trowbridge                            Jeff Lamfers                              Drew LaMarca                             Kevin Jones
Subsurface Solutions                       Kansas Rural Water Association            Watts Water Technologies                 Midwest Fire Training Associates
Omaha, Nebraska                            Shawnee, Kansas                           North Andover, Massachusetts             Chanute, Kansas

              210 A                                      210 B                                     210 C                                       203
Moderator: Matt Higgins                    Moderator: Andrew Connelly                Moderator: Adrianne Feeney               Moderator: Katy Wohlgemuth
           City of Elkhart                            Kansas Geological Survey                  Dickinson RWD 1                          Butler RWD 4
Op. Credit: Clerk IIMC*                    Op. Credit: None                          Op. Credit: W & WW                       Op. Credit: Clerk IIMC*
Q’S OF RFPS AND RFQS                       THE HIGH PLAINS AQUIFER                   AND WASTEWATER                           RWDS AND MUNICIPALITIES
What is the difference between RFQs        The High Plains Aquifer is one of the     This session is a must for anyone        Having problems keeping or attracting
and RFPs. What do the acronyms             largest, most accessible aquifer          responsible for disinfecting drinking    employees because of a lack of
even stand for? Attendees will learn       systems in the world with a significant   water and treated wastewater with        benefits? Learn how rural water
about the significant differences          presence in Kansas. The aquifer covers    sodium hypochlorite. Learn about the     districts and municipalities can offer
between the two before hiring an           174,000 square miles and provides         benefits of both pre­chlorination and    the same retirement savings plan
engineering firm. This session will        water for municipal and agriculture       post chlorination for iron removal and   available to State of Kansas employees
also explain how to write RFQs and         use in parts of eight states. This        improved filter performance with pre­    – even for employers that don’t offer
RFPs. Examples of each will be             session will look at water resources      chlorination to post­chlorination        KPERS. This presentation will discuss
shown and explained. This session is       and use patterns across Kansas with       including feed point location, amount    no cost options available to employers
a must for those systems planning on       particular emphasis on water level        of free chlorine, and chloramination.    and/or employees to make
water or wastewater projects in the        changes and trends of the High Plains     Chemical feed equipment and types        contributions to a retirement account.
future to get the best for your            aquifer and its subsystems­ the           of chlorine such as gas, bleach, and     A benefit like this used to be a luxury,
system and from your system’s              Ogallala, Great Bend Prairie, and         calcium hypochlorite will be             but is now becoming a necessity for
engineer.                                  Equus Beds.                               discussed.                               employers.

Peter Earles                               Brownie Wilson                            Tom Lasser                               Len Lehmann
Earles Engineering & Inspection            Kansas Geological Survey                  Hawkins, Inc.                            KPERS 457
McPherson, Kansas                          Lawrence, Kansas                          Garnett, Kansas                          Topeka, Kansas

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