Maintenancefest Chatham a Strong Indication of More Regional Offerings to Come
“Excellent day of training.” – Participant
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A successful regional Maintenancefest, delivered by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, took place on October 2, 2012 at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre in Chatham, Ontario, as an important part of the 108th Western Ontario Water Works Conference. The annual conference provides training and seminars to drinking water professionals working in Elgin, Essex, Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, Municipality of Chatham/Kent, Oxford and Perth counties.
“Regional Maintenancefests provide the great training water operators want and need. Short focused modules provide operators with insight on the broad variety of hands-on training offered by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. We use the feedback from participants to continually improve WCWC training.” – Wayne White, Operational Trainer, Walkerton Clean Water Centre
WCWC has a range of Maintenancefest modules. The seven selected for Chatham were:
Maintenance and Calibration of Lab Equipment – A hands-on experience in maintaining and calibrating common lab and online equipment related to water quality analysis.
Maintenance and Calibration of Chemical Pumps – A review of the principles of chemical metering pumps, and demonstrating the ability to disassemble, inspect and identify issues with pumps.
Backflow Prevention – A review of the concepts and causes of backflow cross connection and various backflow prevention equipment. Participants worked with backflow prevention equipment both under pressure and in a shop environment.
Fire Hydrant Inspection and Maintenance – Participants disassembled, examined and inspected two different makes of fire hydrants, hydrant boots and valve assemblies.
Watermain Tapping – An introduction to the procedures and methods for live tapping watermains under pressure. Participants were able to conduct live taps both on PVC and Ductile Iron piping.
Chlorinating and Dechlorinating New Watermains – An overview of how chlorine is introduced into a new watermain and how to safely dispose of the chlorinated water once disinfection was complete.
Leak Detection – An introduction to the characteristics of leaks, various types of leak detection equipment and leak detection methodology. Those who attended this module where able to use the most up-to-date equipment and hear for themselves what underground leaks sound like.
Feedback indicated that all participants would recommend Maintenancefest to others. If you are interested in hosting a Maintenancefest in your area please contact:
Name: Paula VanVeen, Training Coordinator, WCWC Training Institute
Telephone: 519-881-2003 or 866-515-0550
The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (the Centre) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, which was established in 2004. The Centre’s headquarters in Walkerton is LEED Gold certified and equipped for hands-on training, research and innovation. In peak weeks, the Centre trains over 350 drinking water operators across the province and more than 38 000 to date. The research program is focused on robust solutions for small drinking water systems. The Centre also supports technology companies by providing product assessments. The Centre is committed to safeguarding drinking water for the people of Ontario as the leading centre for high quality training, applied research and technology demonstration.
For more information please visit www.wcwc.ca