Spring 2018 ~ 16th Edition
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4| Kelly’s Corner
5| Presidents Message
7| Reliability in Taking
9| Life of a New Worker
11| Change is Happening
21| What Does Being a
22| Operator Certification
25| Path to Improvement
26| Upcoming Events
27| Member Profile
28| Wynyard’s Christmas
29| Water Security
30| This is Your Career
31| Supplier Profile
33| Supplier Registration
the Tap, Toilet
Ever had the feeling that you have no words in
you? I have been struggling for the past couple
weeks on what I wanted to say to you all this
first issue of the new year; but I think I finally
have it so here we go.
March is the month we recognize water a bit
more as a world than any other time of year.
World Water Day is coming up and it generally
means that the population as a whole takes a
bit more interest in water even if it is a fleeting
For the rest of us water is so much more than
what comes out of the tap it means a sense of
accomplishment knowing that we are
providing the best possible taste out of that
tap, to those who deal with the toilet side of
things it’s the same kind of goal to provide the
best kind of job to our respective communities.
It’s the “beyond” part of things I want to talk
about. How do we continue to provide the best
possible service to our communities? Well, it
starts with making sure you are up to date on
all your training. The SWWA offers a lot of
opportunities to maintain your CEU’s for
certification through the spring workshops and
the annual conference. I have had a few people
ask why only certain locations are being used
this year and that is because we like to move
around with the hands on classes like Hydrant
Operation and for the in class workshops we
choose the city we get the most registrations
at, which for some reason seems to be
Saskatoon that gets the most attendance.
Another way is to make sure you know what
you are responsible for, understand what the
permit to operate says, know what it means to
have operators working under you who aren’t
certified yet, know where you have
responsibility and always be sure to train with
safety and best practice standards for all
situations that may be encountered.
A lot of our communities are getting new Water
Plants, lagoon upgrades, new Wastewater
Plants, infrastructure changes and so on. Make
use of the supplier portion of the SWWA
website, simply type in the items you are
looking for and the site will give you the
options for the suppliers currently listed. This is
a great way to support the suppliers who come
to the tradeshow every year and it is also a
great way to let them know you want them to
continue attending so you can see the latest
technologies and the systems and services they
have to offer.
My own community has been doing a lot of
things we have run a pilot study and are in the
midst of making a decision of what type of
plant and system and supplier we will be using.
Be sure to stay tuned as I sharpen my pen to tell
you all out the adventures in Kipling and
changes being done.
As always the SWWA website is always the
place to look for all the training that is currently
being offered. We even opened the conference
registration two months early – February 1 it
was up and running usually we start offering
the registration in April. We also have
workshops scheduled for April, May and June
so be sure to check out the details in this issue
and under the events section of the website.
For all you golfers out there registration is open
and we have 15 early birds who have already
registered for the event. I have a feeling this is
going to be a good year for the turn out for golf.
Be sure to check out the website for the details
on the hotel being used for golf and be sure to
use the block code if booking a room. So grab
your group and get registered today so you
don’t forget, after all we are all getting older
and have lots of things on our plates and you
will not want to miss out on all the fantastic
prizes. I would say mark your calendar but it
already is if you are using the SWWA calendar
from the conference last year.
So until I see you in June in Swift, have a great
spring hopefully it will get warmer than the -41
it is today.
TIM COX ~ PRESIDENT
City of Swift Current
Work: 306-778-2725 Fax: 306-778-1634
KELLY KISH ~ PAST-PRESIDENT
Town of Kipling
Work: 306-736-8805 Fax: 306-736-2396
RYNETTE MOORE-GUILLAUME ~ VICE PRESIDENT
Work: 306-694-3941 Fax: 306-694-3207
KARLIS VAN CAESEELE~ TREASURER
Town of Langenburg
Work: 306-743-2219 Fax: 306-743-2453
CORY MCMAHON ~ SECRETARY
Town of Biggar
Work: 306-948-5136 Fax: 306-948-5136
City of Saskatoon
Work: 306-975-2534 Fax: 306-975-7906
Town of Nipawin
Work: 306-862-9866 Fax: 306-862-3076
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SWWA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
2018 is well underway and we’re looking to hit the reset switch. After tidying up all of
the loose ends 2017 conference, it’s time to reboot and get back into the swing of
workshop and event planning for the upcoming year. A list of the April workshops has
been uploaded to the website, www.swwa.ca, starting with Emergency Preparedness
on the 11th, followed by Hydrant Maintenance at two different locations later in the
month, RO in May and Due Diligence the day before the golf tournament.
As far as upcoming events go, the annual golf tournament has been booked and the
individual ‘hole sponsorships’ are flying off the shelf, in a manner of speaking. As was
discussed and approved during the conference planning meetings, the annual SWWA
golf tournament will now include a permanent 5 course rotation. Hopefully this will
give you, our members, more than enough room to plan attendance. The 2018 event
will take place on Saturday, June 2, in none other than my hometown of Swift Current
at the Chinook Golf Course. That should give me a decided advantage, although it has
been pointed out on many occasion, the ability to golf plays very little role in enjoying
A lot of last years’ workshops and seminars focused on the area of succession planning,
whether it be for your local department, business, or your municipality itself. The
SWWA has taken a page from this, and began the stages of strategic planning to
improve the functionality of the board and the membership as a whole. Every
community, business, or organization can definitely benefit by stepping back, and reevaluating
the direction of its future. We hope to better serve our membership and
prepare any new members as to what the SWWA has to offer.
Enjoy the last few months of winter, it’ll be gone before you know it.
We are looking for SWWA members who
would like to be involved with various SWWA
events from networking events to the annual
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taking a water sample, we are
confirming that the water in our
community is safe. To ensure that we
have reliable and accurate results, this
task must be performed in exactly the
same manner each day and for every
sample. The old adage, “garbage in =
garbage out” definitely applies to
taking water samples (or any sample for
When taking a water sample there are
several things to think about. Am I
taking a representative sample? Am I
maintaining the integrity of the sample
by ensuring that all of my equipment is
clean and free of contaminants? Am I
following the written procedure and
ensuring that I am taking each sample
in exactly the same manner? Am I
preserving the sample in the manner
prescribed by the lab or the analysts?
When we are performing analysis like
free and total chlorine in the field we
need to confirm that our equipment is
calibrated regularly and in a clean state.
Our standards must be checked for
expiry dates and our reagents must be
fresh. All of these steps must be
confirmed before we can rely on the
results that we are reporting. The
physical state of our equipment must
be in good order. For example, reading
turbidity from a scratched and dirty vial
is not going to give accurate results.
Chain of custody forms must be filled
out correctly. This form is not only
information for the analyst at the
laboratory, but is also a legal document
proving who had access to the sample
at all times. It is important to take the
time to fill out all of the information and
to be sure that it is accurate.
When we are performing tests that we
don’t do routinely, it is imperative to
refer to the Standard Operating
Procedure (SOP) or the instructions for
the test unit. It is crucial to the accuracy
of the results to follow the instructions
in order and to allow the proper
amount of time for each step. When
performing titrations or pH analysis it is
helpful to perform a series of tests to
show reproducibility of results.
Some tests, like jar testing, take a great
deal of practice to become proficient at
and to interpret the results. If you are
required to perform these types of tests,
it is advisable to perform them several
times a year when you are not in an
emergency situation with your process.
The practice will help you to become
efficient and allow you to achieve
reliable results when you are under
There are many good resources
available to assist you with developing
SOPs for the testing that you do. Your
sales representative or the company
doing your equipment calibration is
one resource. They will have standard
procedures for each test that your
equipment performs. For tests like pH
there are procedures available on-line
or in the instruments user manual. If
you are performing jar testing there are
several publications that can assist you
to perform this analysis step by step, or
you can take a workshop that will
provide you with the hands-on training
and a reference manual.
Laboratory websites have resources
that can direct you in good sampling
techniques. Many of them have videos
showing the proper methods of taking
a bacteriological sample (e.g. removing
the screen, disinfecting the spout,
handling the sample bottle, etc.). Your
analytical lab is also a great resource if
you are having trouble with sampling
techniques. They can talk you through
the procedure over the telephone or
send you a written resource to keep on
hand. If you have to preserve your
sample, the lab will send you
instructions on how to fill the bottles
and which preservative to use.
Consistency in technique and
procedure is the key to accurate
sampling and results. Keeping
equipment calibrated, clean and in
good condition will help to guarantee
that results are accurate and free from
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them each item and make sure they understand the program. Once they have
gone through all of the items have the employee sign off on all of what they
At the completion of the orientation, the employer should have one of the veteran
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More than 3.7 million people collect dirty water out of necessity
every day in Mali. The SWWA is supporting WaterAid’s Mali: Healthy
Communities project to bring lasting change to local communities.
WaterAid has reached more than 205,000 people with clean water and
more than 208,000 people with decent toilets in Mali since 2000.
But there is still work to be done.
More than 3.7 million children, women, and men in Mali’s rural
communities collect dirty water from unsafe, distant sources out of
necessity. Over 4,000 children under the age of ve die every
year due to a lack of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Tens of
thousands more suffer from preventable diseases like cholera,
trachoma and intestinal parasites.
WaterAid launched Mali: Healthy Communities in 2016, an innovative
four-year program that aims to improve water, sanitation and hygiene
conditions for communities in the Circles (municipal districts) of Kati
and Bla. By bringing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to the
people of Bla and Kati, we will help to unleash people’s potential,
enabling the communities to break free from poverty.
As we’ve seen in previous projects, the presence of these three
essentials has an almost immediate ripple effect, accelerating
real progress in health, education, productivity, gender equality,
economic growth and development.
Working together to bring lasting change
We want our work to spark lasting
change and go far beyond the thousands of
people we will reach directly in this project. To
create lasting change we need to shift the
way people think about water, sanitation
and hygiene. This is why we are working
with local partners and community members,
municipal authorities, schools and health
centers, artist groups and cultural centers,
and women’s and youth groups across the
Circles of Kati and Bla. Our local partners
are crucial to the success of the project.
Their in-depth knowledge of local issues is
essential for the successful implementation
of the program and its sustainability. We
selected partners for this project on the
basis of criteria related to expertise, local
recognition and credibility, management
capacities and their openness to innovation.
Partnership lies at the heart of our
approach to development. This means that
communities and local stakeholders are
engaged in every step of the program. This is
key to fostering long-lasting change.
While a project is underway, the area sees
By 2020 the Mali: Healthy Communities program will:
immediate economic impact. We hire locally
and source materials locally, putting money
directly back into the hands of the
community. After a project is complete,
community members are able to spend the
time they used to collect and transport water
being productive in other ways: studying in
school, developing a businesses, and caring
for their families.
WaterAid and its local partners return
to the area post-intervention and ensure
that the communities continue to enjoy
the project’s benets. A follow-up study of
WaterAid’s previous intervention projects in
Mali revealed that 95% of our infrastructure
was still operational after seven years. This
is a remarkable accomplishment, particularly
when compared to the average success rate
of 30 to 50% in the sector.
More and more often, WaterAid boosts
the local economy by creating opportunities
directly related to our programs, like
new soap-making ventures. As a unique
element of the Mali: Healthy Communities
program, we will also be offering nancial
and entrepreneurial training as well as
• Reach 35,600 people with clean water, 24,360 with decent toilets and another
72,500 people will learn about the importance of good hygiene.
• Support 13 groups of women in establishing water and sanitation-related small
businesses (e.g. soap making) through micro-credit.
• Provide hygiene kits to 17 schools and 7 health centers, including hygiene promotion
materials and handwashing devices.
• Build and rehabilitate 43 water points at schools, health centers and public spaces.
• Set up 39 local committees and train them on how to operate and maintain the new
• Build and rehabilitate 42 toilet blocks in schools, health centers and public spaces,
specially designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
• Equip 175 of the most vulnerable households with toilets, and encourage thousands of
people in 45 villages to build their own household toilets.
microloans to support small businesses. This
will all drive economic growth.
The Bottom Line
Let’s be clear: there’s no quick x, no
magic bullet that will solve the water and
sanitation challenges in Kati and Bla.
WaterAid’s extensive experience in Mali,
and indeed throughout the developing
world, shows that permanent improvement
is only possible through a longterm,
integrated approach focused on building
trust and partnerships, supported by our
eld-tested and proven technologies and
Mali: Healthy Communities is a piece in a
much larger puzzle. In many sub-Saharan
countries, a high proportion of local and
national budgets, as well as the budgets of
many humanitarian agencies, is allocated
to immediate health care, often treating
Tahirou (13, second from the left) and his friends going to fetch water
with jerry cans in hand, in Kati-Malibougou in the Circle of Kati, Region of
Koulikoro, Mali. WaterAid/Basile Ouedraogo
deadly, but entirely preventable, diseases.
Imagine the effect on societies when that
money – billions of dollars across Africa –
is re-directed to economic development,
strengthening institutions and delivering
needed infrastructure projects that can help
prevent illness at the source.
The human need for clean water
is critical for survival. What does require
encouragement is the effort to shift decades
and sometimes centuries old perceptions,
habits and expectations. By promoting
awareness and demand for careful water
management, sanitation and good hygiene –
key components of this project – we will
help set these communities on a new
path toward self-su ciency and vitality.
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What does the word leadership
mean to you? Does it mean being
good at your job, being well liked,
or being in charge of everyone?
Every leader in the world aspires
to be a good leader, but how can
you be a good leader, if you don’t
understand what leadership
Leadership is not like some
clothing where one size fits all
and there is no magic force that
will instantly make you a great
leader. It takes time, dedication,
and patience to learn how to
make and achieve goals you set,
and how to inspire others to
follow you and do the same.
Everyone has different ways of
doing this, whether through
small rewards (donuts and
coffee), or allowing more
freedom for employees, or
working in the trenches with the
said employees. All approaches
however you chose to execute
work but you need to take time
to figure out what kind of leader
you are and the style of
leadership that will work best for
Every exceptional leader has
developed and not stopped
learning how to develop their
leadership to obtain success.
Being a good leader is tough; it can be hard to find a balance between creating
and supporting others to execute jobs successfully. Making a bad decision can
affect you as a leader with the pressures you receive from those above you
whether council; mayor or your plant manager and can impact you and your team.
Being the leader of a team requires a resilient mindset. Resilience is the key to
dealing with the leadership challenges effectively while at the same time allowing
you to thrive in your leadership challenges.
Every leader needs to learn flexibility, it does no-one any
good to sit there and complain about changes to things or
challenges you dislike, instead you need to be able to adapt
and change to accept the new situation and work with what
Like a marriage or any kind of relationship communication is always key. It is
important for you to be able to communicate effectively with those you are
leading. You are the only one who knows what is going on in your head and
unless you can communicate what you are wanting effectively your employees
will not know what you are wanting. If you promise something follow through,
be a man/woman of your word; in the long run that will save you.
It takes courage to stand up for something you believe;
but a great leader needs to be able to stand-alone even
when it is hard to do so. Having strength and courage to
fight for what you believe is sometimes a hard thing to
do but it is also the sign of a great leader.
It takes courage to stand up for something you believe; but a great
leader needs to be able to stand-alone even when it is hard to do so.
Having strength and courage to fight for what you believe is
sometimes a hard thing to do but it is also the sign of a great leader.
Ever hear the phrase a kind word can make a world of difference. In todays
world it is often overlooked how much a simple thank you means. When you
have an employee who goes above and beyond working and maybe not
receiving any reward for the time dedicated to a project often times a simple
thank you can mean more than an actual award. People need to know they
matter and are appreciated – those who feel it from their leaders are often the
ones who will go above and beyond for their leaders when it is needed.
Being a good leader is not all sunshine and flowers, it can often look like a broken
hydrant or water main, cold and potential storm on the horizon. Sometimes you need to
make difficult or unpopular decisions. Positivity is your best defense even when you
don’t feel it. It is on the days when everything is going wrong that your character and
leadership will shine through. Your style of leadership when combined with a few of
these characteristics will be your key to success as a leader.
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without ever leaving your house or
paying for a stamp. You can send your
credit card payment too, by
completing the authorization form
and including it with your
CEUs to submit with your
renewal? No problem. Scan your
certificates and send them with your
Operator Certification Board
Board Meeting Dates
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Our website has all the upcoming
dates and cut-offs for the year, so you
can get your documents to us in
time, with no worries about your
CEU Courses &
Is there a course you are considering
for Continued Education Unit credit
and not sure if it is an approved
course? Check out the link on our
website and view all approved
courses. This list is updated
whenever new education is
approved, so check back often.
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want to take but it’s not
on the list? Send us an
(available on the website)
and the Board will review
it. If it’s approved it will
be added to the list and
updated on our website.
Your information is available to view
on our website. Head over to the
Operators page and do a search.
You can check out your community,
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WESTERN CANADA WATER ENVIRONMENT
ASSOCIATION (WCWEA) Update –
Path to Improvement
The strength of any device is only as strong as the weakest link. This analogy also holds
true for organizations. Opportunities exist for improvement. WCWEA is one of the member
agencies of Western Canada Water. WCWEA has experienced several challenges and has
significant opportunities. Some of the challenges include increasing awareness of
resources available to water professionals, increasing participation in WCWEA, and
providing training sessions for water professionals. These were some of the issues that
WCWEA wrestled with during the strategic planning session in 2017. I’ve embarked on a
new journey in 2018 to assist WCWEA to address these challenges.
Water Environment Federation (WEF) is the parent organization of WCWEA. I have taken on
the role as the Delegate representative to link WCWEA to WEF. WEF has a House of
Delegates (HOD) workgroup that work on several important issues for water professionals.
HOD has representatives from member agencies, similar to WCW, from across Canada and
the United States. HOD is working to promote operator initiatives as well as the profession
of working in the water industry. These include:
1) development and
2) complete survey
3) prepare operator
There are a number of water related events that are creating problems for various
geographic locations. Problems with the artisan wells creating a water supply shortfall for
the community of Swan River, Manitoba; shortage of water for Cape Town, South Africa;
flooding of the Quill Lakes in Saskatchewan; stormwater flooding of Paris, France in early
2018; extreme precipitation and flooding of Houston, Texas in 2017; and a spring runoff
event in 2013 creating flooding in High River and Calgary. Trying to understand the reason
for these types of events as well as how to deal with them is of significant importance to
all water professionals. WCWEA is working on putting a seminar together to explore
stormwater occurrences. I am assisting with the arrangements for a Canada Stormwater
Institute seminar in November in Calgary.
I’m enjoying the many challenges and opportunities of working with WCWEA.
You’re always welcome to participate.
ARE YOU PREPARED?
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNING,
CERTIFICATION AND WSA UPDATES
SASKATCHEWAN WATER & WASTEWATER
CEU Value – 0.6 CEU
ABSTRACT: The workshop will be presented by various
Water Security Agency staff and will meet the needs of
all levels of water and wastewater operators as well as
administrators and consultants. The main focus of the
workshop will be Waterworks Emergency Response
Planning and updates on the Saskatchewan Water and
Wastewater Works Operator Certification Standards.
The workshop will also touch on other topics within the
water and wastewater area including: an overview of the
Water Security Agency, legislation updates, disinfection
by-products and emerging substances, and Downstream
Use Impact Studies.
June 1 - Swift Current Home Inn & Suites
CEU Value - 0.6
• Culture, Types of Health and Safety Offences,
What is Due Diligence?
• Duties of Employer, Duties of Contractors,
Duties of the Supervisors
• Duties of the Workers, Inspections, Accident/
Dangerous Occurrence, Investigations and
• Rights of Workers, Harassment
Interested in putting on a
technical session or workshop
for the 2018 SWWA conference?
We are now accepting papers. Please include
a presenter bio and abstract when submitting,
only those submissions with both items will be
accepted for review. Email to: email@example.com
Yorkton April 24, Swift Current April 26
CEU Value - 0.6
• Why do we study valves and hydrants?
• AWWA Standards / Applicable associations
• Gate Valves design, operation,
maintenance and troubleshooting.
• AWWA C502 hydrant Specs
• Common Western Canada Fire Hydrants
• Installation Issues
• Analyzing Hydrant Defects
• Inspecting a Fire Hydrant
• National Fire Code
• Setting up a Hydrant and Valve
• Safely tearing down a hydrant for
maintenance and inspection.
• Tools required for maintenance.
• Parts of the fire hydrant.
• Common troubleshoots
May 2 - Saskatoon
Hilton Garden Inn
CEU Value - 0.6
Swift Current Waste Water
Hole for the
June 2, 2018 in
Contact Calle at
What led you into your current field?
Was it planned or a detour?
I was a lift Station Operator for the first
few years of my employment with the
City and liked the job. I wanted to better
myself, so I applied to move up to the
Is there someone who has been a
mentor to you in your professional life
and personal life and why?
My dad has been my mentor in my life.
He gave me my first job working for him
in his upholstery shop, and it was his
work ethic that help me to get where I
What is the most rewarding part of
your job? What is the least rewarding?
The most rewarding part is helping keep
the environment clean. Cleaning human
waste is the least rewarding part!
What type of education do you
I have my level 2 Wastewater Treatment
and level 2 Wastewater Collection.
Looking ahead – is there anything you
would like to accomplish in your
I would like to obtain my level 3
If you could give advice to someone
looking to get into the industry or to a
student looking into a future career
what would you say?
It’s a good job that will always be there.
Knowing that you can help the
Environment is a good reason to be
involved in our industry.
What ways do you currently
incorporate to help combat stress and
I go fishing on weekends to get away
and unwind. Also I go camping with
Tell us about you, what makes you tick,
what are you passionate about?
I have been married for 7 years, I have
two boys that are 5 & 7 that take up
most of my time. My passions are
Hunting and fishing with my family.
Now I all know we have seen
and heard of FATBURGERS
that love to clog our sewer.
I’m also very sure that we
have all seen a rubber duck
floating by too, along with
numerous other thing we‘d
much rather not see. But
December 27th 2017 at the
Wynyard Lift Station must
take the cake.
Upon returning to work after
my much needed Christmas
vaycay and heading out to
check the lift station I
stumbled on something
new. I looked once, looked
twice and thought to myself,
either I need more coffee or
maybe some more sleep but
I'm certain that's a fire
extinguisher stuck down
there?! So down went Terry
Morrow to pull it out and
sure enough that's exactly
what it is. A ten pound fire
extinguisher, fully intact,
hanging out at the bottom.
Certainly that’s not an
everyday flushable, and
Wynyard does not
have any household or
even industry sewer
mains that would be
able to fit such a thing
down them; our only
guess is someone
lifted a man hole lid
and threw it on down.
With a further
inspection of the
extinguisher we found
out that it was from
2010, giving us a slight
time line of how long
it could have been in
there; however how it
made any twists and
turns to make into the
lift station is anyone’s
Frankly we would
love your theories, if
you have any inkling
let us know!
Water Security Agency
Environmental Services Section
The Environmental Services Section is
comprised of seventeen Environmental
Project Officers (EPOs) and two managers
who are located throughout the province.
Some of their main duties include the
Operational permitting, inspection and
compliance of regulated waterworks and
sewage works in Saskatchewan to ensure
safe drinking water and protection of
human health and the environment.
Delivery of effective preventative
compliance assurance functions by
Environmental Project Officers with
compliance related assistance from
Conservation Officers with the Ministry of
Provision of technical advice in the event
of waterworks/sewage works system
emergencies, system failures or upsets to
protect human and environmental health
that these problems may represent. Issues
Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory
when situations or reports indicate a
potential problem with regulated drinking
water supply. Provides water and
wastewater treatment and system
management advice and response in the
event of a waterborne disease outbreak.
Provides guidance to waterworks owners
to manage and resolve concerns in the
event of adverse water quality monitoring
results. Tracks and monitors compliance
with drinking water quality standards (e.g.:
bacteriological water quality, etc.) that can
have direct, short or long term health
The EPO contact list as well as an EPO
boundary map are available in the
Drinking Water Information Binder located
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This is your
CareerDo you know these key
things that can help
Take control: You and you alone are the only person who is responsible for making sure
that you stay certified. Know when you are up for renewal; mark it on your calendar.
Keep good records: Your employer is going to ask for your CEU certificates as
you earn them, make sure you give them a copy and also keep copies of the
records for yourself.
Keep up with technology: this is a changing industry things are always
changing new technologies are always advancing – keep abreast of these
things by reading your Pipeline wither online or on the mobile app, read
news articles, read other industry publications, attend the annual
conference tradeshow – there are lots of companies ready to share all that
they have to offer.
you with your career?
Training: Keep up with the courses being offered – watch
the SWWA website and subscribe to getting the emails from
your association so that you are in the know.
Membership: being a part of the association
gives you a wide range of opportunities for
training and networking events. Knowing others
in the industry will help you do a couple of
things: advance your career, have assistance if
needed from those who have experienced your
current situation, and a group of peers to rely on
and look to if needed for assistance.
What led you into your current
field? Was it planned or a detour?
I came into this field as a result of
wanting to try something new. An
opportunity came up in the Fibreglass
industry and I found it to be a chance
to be creative and innovative in
helping find solutions for traditional
How long have you been in the
I have been promoting products to the
Water & Wastewater industry doing
business development for over
15years and in the Fibreglass industry
for over 5 years and recently became
the Director of Composite Sales for
Carlson Commercial & Industrial
Services Ltd. in October of 2017
Is there someone who has been a
mentor to you in your professional
life and personal life and why?
My biggest personal mentor was my
father who ran a renovations
company. He was a very smart man
and always put people’s needs before
his own. He worked hard and always
stood up for what he believed to be
right! I have had a few professional
mentors in my life, each with different
skillsets but two who stand out the
most would be from Pritchard
Engineering in Winnipeg. They were
able to see my potential and help me
grow into the person I am today by
being honest and ethical with every
client to create long term
What is the most rewarding part of
your job? What is the least
The most rewarding part of my job is
that each day has a different problem
with a different solution. This allows
me to be creative and innovative with
designing and implementing results
for the Water and Wastewater industry.
The least rewarding part of my job is
the time I need to spend away from
my wife and children but thanks to
technology I can video chat with them
when I am travelling.
What type of education do you
I am a Business Administration
Graduate and have learned many
additional skills, not taught in a book
or classroom, through working with
my colleagues and clients. You would
be surprised at what you can learn just
What are your future plans for your
My future career plans are to work
hard, play hard, and grow my
knowledge to allow me to become a
president/owner one day!
If you could give advice to someone
looking to get into the industry or
to a student looking into a future
career what would you say?
I say take the leap and don’t let people
hold you back! People have told me
that the grass isn’t always greener on
the other side and sometimes they are
right, but through it all I have had
some great experiences and great
careers and met many great people. If
you don’t take a risk in life you will not
see any rewards.
What ways do you currently
incorporate to help combat stress
I am an anomaly and normally handle
stress very well. I will admit there are
times where I get stressed beyond
being able to just shrug it off, but my
family and friends help take my mind
off the stressful times and encourage
me to move forward with whatever life
throws my way.
Tell us about you, what makes you
tick, what are you passionate
I enjoy sports, hockey, spongee
(Manitoba sport), golf, and gong to the
lake. I also like to entertain and put on
social gatherings. I am most
passionate about family, I have 3
children (17yrs, 3-1/2 years, and 5
Months) and a beautiful wife. They are
what drives my passion to succeed in
life and to better myself. I try to lead
by example and instill good morals
and ethics so they can grow to better
the world when they get older.
Director of Sales for our Engineered
Composites Division who
manufactures, supplies, and services
various Fibreglass products for the
Water/Wastewater Treatment market.
CONFERENCE & TRADESHOW
6 - 8 /2018
June 2, 2018
Workshops and Technical Sessions:
Tradeshow and Conference Information:
Calle Behnke – firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Bird Conference Registration - OPEN NOW!
Golf Tournament 2018
don’t miss the fun - book today!
• To register for the SWWA 2018 Tradeshow
go to www.swwa.ca
New Game Available!
. . . train your kids about the importance of water, your
pipes and how to treat these resources.
Do you have schools touring
You can download and distribute these to the groups or
point them to the WEF website for more options.
• click on
• click on
If you have not already you will need to
create a login
to register for a booth
Once you do this a page with the booths
available will show on the screen - SWWA takes
Visa or MasterCard for payment online.
2 reps come with each booth and all rep names are due
Oct. 1, 2018. If your payment is successful you will be
taken to a screen with the option to print your receipt.
If this does not pop up you will need to click on the cart
icon that shows up on the right hand top corner and
retry the transaction.
A game by American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation
IS A BIG DEAL!
Almost everything we do requires water
but did you know there’s only a set amount of water
on our planet? It’s up to all of us to work together to
make sure we protect our water and use it responsibly,
so that it’s available now and way into the future.
Our friends in the water sector are always working to
make sure that we have the safest and cleanest water
possible. They treat our water and wastewater and
maintain the systems that make it possible for us to
end it on to our neighbors
1. Place obstacles on the “O” squares.
2. Place broken pipes on the “P” squares.
3. Place the start tile on the “S” square.
4. Place the finish tile on the “F” square.
5. You may only use the number of each type
of pipe shown next to the game map.
HOW TO PLAY:
1. Route the water from start to finish by using
your pipe tiles.
2. Fix each broken pipe on the board by replacing
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