Small Systems Training

Free Training to Small Water Systems

AWWA and the Southwest Section are offering two FREE workshops to Small Water Systems in Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma

These workshops are made possible by funding through the USEPA and AWWA’s partners, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the Environmental Finance Center Network.


Workshop 1: Small System Operator Training to Achieve/Maintain Compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act

Workshop Description:

Your utility faces daily-to-day challenges providing reliable, safe drinking water for your customers while avoiding costly violations. This one-day workshop will help your utility learn about compliance with drinking water regulations and steps to avoid costly violations. Workshop modules will also cover how to prevent microbial contaminants, and how to maintain optimal water quality including ways to optimize your system and reduce DBP’s.

Continuing Education Credits – AWWA is pleased to offer operator CE Credits for workshop attendance. Individual registration is required.

Audience: Operators, Managers, or Governing body of small systems with populations of 10,000 or less.

What topics will be covered at the workshop?

  • Regulatory Review
    • Total Coliform Rule
    • Revised Total Coliform Rule
    • Groundwater Rule
    • Surface Water Treatment Rule
    • Stage 2 Disinfectants/ Disinfection Byproducts Rule
    • Lead and Copper Rule
  • Microbial Contaminants
  • Distribution System Operation and Maintenance
  • Disinfection Byproducts Formation and Control


Attend this workshop, and you will be able to:

  • Achieve and maintain compliance with drinking water regulations and avoid costly violations;
  • Apply a multiple barrier approach for prevention of microbial contamination of  your water;
  • Disinfect your water appropriately and inactivate microbial contaminants;
  • Manage distribution system infrastructure and disinfectant residuals to prevent microbial contamination;
  • Collect microbiological samples (and corresponding chlorine residual samples) without contaminating the samples;
  • Optimize treatment plant and distribution system operations to minimize DBP formation;
  • Evaluate the most appropriate in-plant or distribution system treatment alternative that helps minimize DBP formation; and
  • Describe the importance of the distribution system in maintaining water quality.


Workshop 1 Dates & Locations:

Louisiana – August 27, 2015 at Farmer’s Market, Alexandria, LA

Arkansas – May 11, 2015 at Rogers Water Utilities, 601 S. 2nd Street, Rogers, Arkansas

Oklahoma – May 8, 2015 at the Rose State College Professional Training Center, 1720 Hudiburg Drive, Midwest City, Ok


Work Shop 1 Registration:



RTCR eLearning course available in January

This complimentary 3-hour course is designed for small systems. Pre-registration opens in December.

Pre-register online at


Work Shop 2 – Specifically focuses on training and technical assistance for small drinking water systems in the area of financial and managerial capacity.

Work Shop 2 Dates & Locations:

Louisiana – April 14, 2015 at the Historic Fire House in Ruston, Louisiana. If you had registered for the cancelled workshop, please follow this link to re-register.

Arkansas – April 16, 2015 at the Maumelle Arkansas Water Management facility, 418 Hyman Drive, Maumelle, Arkansas (Just outside Little Rock, Ark)

Oklahoma – April 2, 2015, at the A.B. Jewell Water Treatment Plant, Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you had registered for the cancelled workshop, please follow this link to re-register.

Work Shop 2 Registration – Follow this link to register for the Workshop scheduled in your state:

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