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The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities will host its 23rd Annual Water/Wastewater Operators Training Workshop in Des Moines, Iowa November 15-17, 2016. Throughout the course of the event, attendees are welcome to attend more than 20 educational presentations, which focus on water treatment, water distribution, and wastewater. As the conference grows closer, Snyder & Associates, Inc. is excited to share that three presentations will be led by members of its staff.

St. Joseph, Missouri Eastside Project

Presented by Darin Jacobs, PE, and Mark Pearson, PE, late Wednesday morning, the St. Joseph, Missouri Eastside project will include a discussion of four sub-projects:

  1. Construction of a 13,000-foot large-diameter gravity sewer
  2. The Candy Creek Pump Station, which was designed to be flexible and expandable in order to serve as the headworks for a future wastewater treatment plant.
  3. 14,000 feet of lineal force main with numerous air release valves
  4. Extensive renovation of the Faraon Street Pump Station

“The existing facilities in St. Joseph were outdated and undersized,” explains Jacobs. “With the area experiencing growth, it was the right time to upgrade.”

A number of unique design elements such as open wet wells, shaft driven pumps, and Eddy Current Drives were used. Due to the fact that the project site was in a remote area, a new long water main and electrical service was constructed as part of the project.

“The upgrades provided through these projects were substantial and will serve the City of St. Joseph well long into the future,” adds Jacobs.

Moving from Lagoons to Mechanical Plants

Due to population growth and new regulations from the EPA and DNR, many small Iowa towns are upgrading from lagoon treatment ponds to mechanical plants. With over 10 years of experience, Lindsay Beaman, P.E., will provide attendees with an overview of what operators can expect when transitioning to the new system.

“When you go from a pond to a mechanical plant, the day-to-day operations change,” shares Beaman. “We want to make people aware of a number of aspects that must be addressed during transition from certification requirements to maintenance and staff needs.”

When operators, city councils, and other key stakeholders are informed, they can make educated decisions upfront that will streamline the transition, she notes. Once in operation, benefits of mechanical plants include increased reliability in meeting treatment limits and nutrient reduction requirements long-term.

Panora Water System Improvements

Late Wednesday afternoon, Darin Jacobs will join Matt Mahler, P.E., to share key information and insight with attendees about a series of surface water source and treatment infrastructure projects in the City of Panora, Iowa that occurred over the last decade. Areas of particular significance include improvements to Panora’s low head dam and existing treatment facilities, along with a plant expansion that added a membrane process for nitrate removal.

“We overcame a number of challenges on this project and the improvements that were made increased the City’s capacity to provide safe, reliable drinking water to its customers,” shares Jacobs.

This year’s conference is expected to draw over 250 water and wastewater professionals from across Iowa. In addition to workshop sessions, a Tour of the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Facility along with a product show and reception are being offered as part of the event.

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