MAP has over 35 years of experience working with and training board and council members in their roles and responsibilities. The courses that are offered by MAP can be customized to your unique situation and based on both federal and state requirements of where you live. They can be divided into “mini” trainings that could be done during your regular meetings or as a one-day training class. Listed below are some of the various types of training that would assist decision makers in their roles:
1. Management for small water and/or wastewater systems 4 to 7 hrs So you’ve just installed a new water or wastewater system. Now what? This course examines the responsibilities of system ownership and operation. From daily operations to regular preventative maintenance, a lot is involved with proper care and maintenance of a water or wastewater system. This course provides an overview of the responsibilities of managing the system to achieve the best operation and longest asset life possible.
2. Small wastewater system operations manual 3 to 4 hrs Who are you going to call if you have a wastewater line break and you spill raw sewage into the local creek? Information like this should be just a fingertip away. Every system should have an operations manual that identifies various procedures and contact information. This course will review the basic information and recommendations for a system operations manual.
3. Sanitary Survey Training for State and Federal Regulators, Water System Owners and Operators 4 Day Course A Sanitary survey is on-site review of a public water system’s water source, facilities, equipment, operation, and maintenance. Surveys point out sanitary deficiencies and assess a system’s capability to supply safe drinking water. A federally mandated review, sanitary survey lowers the risk of waterborne disease and identifies systems that require technical or capacity development. Eight areas are evaluated for compliance: water sources; treatment; distribution systems; finished water storage; pumps, pump facilities and controls; monitoring, reporting and data verification; water system management and operations; and operator compliance with state requirements.This course is based on the Drinking Water Academy (DWA) sanitary survey training course
4. Preparing for a sanitary survey 3 to 4 hrs Water systems are required to have a sanitary survey completed every three to five years, depending on the type of system. The sanitary survey is an on-site review of a public water system’s water source, facilities, equipment, operation, and maintenance. This course encompasses what is involved with the sanitary survey and how to stay in compliance.
5. Management of small system operators 1.5 to 4 hrs The owners of water and wastewater systems are responsible for operation of the system. The operator is your employee. This covers important things to know regarding the management of your system operator(s).
6. Asset management for small systems 2 Day Course Asset management is maintaining a desired level of service for what you want your assets to provide at the lowest life cycle cost. Lowest life cycle cost refers to the best appropriate cost for rehabilitating, repairing or replacing and asset. Asset management is implemented through an asset management program and typically includes a written asset management plan. This course will cover the relationships and dependencies between the five core framework: Current State of Assets, Level of Service, Critical Assets, Minimum Life Cycle Cost, and Long-term Funding Plans.
7. Construction management for small utilities 1.5 to 4 hrs Overseeing water or wastewater system construction projects can be intimidating. This course will provide things to think about and be prepared for as you go through the process of improving your system’s infrastructure.
8. Consumer confidence reports 1.5 to 4 hrs Community drinking water systems that serve the same customers year-round are required to publish an annual Consumer Confidence Reports that identify their source of water and any contaminants that may be in it. This course will cover the information to include and what the reports are used for.
9. Source water assessment-wellhead protection planning 1.5 to 4 hrs A source water assessment report should cover at a minimum delineation of the source water assessment area, inventory of potential sources of contamination, and determine the susceptibility of the water supply to contamination. This course provides an overview of a source water assessment and how to use it for wellhead protection planning.
10. Vulnerability assessments 4 to 7 hrs How safe is your drinking water system from vandalism, terrorist attacks, or insider sabotage? Vulnerability assessments (VA) help a system’s management evaluate how susceptible their system might be to such threats and identify corrective actions to reduce such risks. This course will identify various things to consider in preparation of a vulnerability assessment. VA’s are required for systems serving over 3,300 population, but are highly recommended for every system.
11. Emergency Response Planning 4 to 7 hrs Each community needs to be prepared in the case of emergencies. Depending on where you are located, this might mean tornados, flooding, etc. Often, emergency funding from the government is dependent on whether the community has an Emergency Response Plan. Learn how to put together an ERP and and other things your community or system should consider in being prepared in the case of an emergency.