Water, wastewater conference moving from Monett

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Workshops on municipal infrastructure set for May 8

For the first time in decades, the water and wastewater conference for the southwest section of Missouri will be held in Springfield instead of at the Monett City Park Casino.

The annual session has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

The conference offers one of the few public opportunities to hear state officials discuss changes in water and wastewater regulations sent from the Environmental Protection Administration to cities through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Jacques Martineau, water specialist with DNR's southwest office, will speak at 2 p.m., and E.W. West from DNR will speak at 3 p.m.

The conference provides ongoing professional training credits for municipal workers.

Among the other speakers will be Ray Greek, from Ace Pipe Company, on cleaning methods of pressurized mains; Brandon Freeman, from Trekk Design, on building a smart wastewater network to eliminate overflow; R.J. Linkmark, from CedarChem, on reducing disinfection byproducts; Joshua Kingsley and Clint Benham, from Key Equipment, on confined space work; Barry Howell, from Visu-Sewer, on sewer rehabilitation design, smoke detection on sewer main tests using drones and a progress report on reducing inflow and infiltration problems in Carthage.

Officers will be elected and awards announced prior to the first presentation at 8 a.m.

Additional information is available by calling the conference office at 573-761-0376 or Chairman Errol Cordell by email at ecordell@bransonmo.gov.

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