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Marshall and Lebanon host workers for Spring Tech Days 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Anticipating the busy summer ahead, front-line tech workers for municipal electric, water and wastewater utilities huddled for “spring training” sessions this week on March 14 and 15, at MPUA’s Spring Tech Days sessions in Marshall and Lebanon.


Every spring since 2007, MPUA’s Spring Tech training has offered hands-on training for municipal utility workers throughout the Alliance.


Spring Tech attracted a solid roster of participants this year, totaling 96 workers from member utilities and associate members, plus MPUA staff and presenters. Utility workers represented 21 different cities. The electric sessions were attended by 57 class members, and 39 participants joined the water/wastewater presentations. The March 14 day of sessions in Marshall welcomed 46 participants from 12 cities (25 electric and 21 water/wastewater staff). The March 15 training day in Lebanon was joined by 50 participants from nine municipalities and other utilities (32 electric and 18 water/wastewater staff).


Lineworkers and linework supervisors attending this year’s electric sessions looked into a wide variety of subjects, including discussion on fuses and fusing issues (Tony Talavera, Eaton Power); a ‘transformer talk’ (Rick McKinley, Kirkwood Electric, and Dan Stokes, MPUA); solar energy installations and safety (Lawrence Lile, Lile Engineering LLC); tree trimming best practices (Andrew Dodson, Independence Power & Light); and the use of infrared imaging technology in distribution and maintenance planning (Davidson LeTang & John Wulff, Columbia Water & Light).


Water and wastewater staff dug into sessions about GIS systems (Erin Allen, Midland GIS Solutions); boil advisory/orders and related public communications (Lacey Hirschvogel, MPUA); the use of drones in smoke testing for inflow/infiltration (Phil Walsack, Burns & McDonnell); lead and copper sampling and regulations (Jeff Pinson, Missouri DNR); and the most recent changes and issues in water and wastewater operator certification (Darlene Helmig, Missouri DNR) and NPDES permitting for utilities (Tim Bull, Missouri DNR, and Lacey Hirschvogel, MPUA).


The purpose of Spring Tech is to provide timely electric, water and wastewater training to help front line workers stay in touch with the latest changes in the utility industries. The instruction ‘track’ for water and wastewater includes valuable certification hour credits to help meet state certification requirements for municipal water and wastewater treatment operators, as well as water distribution operations. This year’s electric sessions also offered professional development hours for professional engineers (P.E.)


If you have ideas for a session subject or a speaker for a future Spring Tech session, or questions about other MPUA training opportunities, please let MPUA know by calling 573-445-3279, or by emailing us at

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