Idaho Section Update: Idaho Operator’s Conference 2023

The North Idaho Operators Section of PNCWA will be hosting the 40th Annual Idaho Operator Conference May 21-24, 2023 at the University Inn Best Western in Moscow, Idaho. The conference includes a golf scramble, jet boat tour, classes, tradeshow, and awards banquet.  

Register to attend here. 
Interested in presenting? North Idaho Operators Section is accepting abstracts on topics such as nutrient removal, digestion and biosolids, disinfection, regulations, and more.  

Please submit abstracts to Rodney Cook at [email protected] or Erik Coats at [email protected]  

If the class has been previously-approved please submit the approval number and course outline.


Topics Areas: 
  1. Nutrient Removal 

  • Process monitoring and performance indicators 

  • Resource recovery 

  • Side stream treatment processes 

  1. Drinking Water and Water Distribution, general 

  1. Digestion and Biosolids – management and use 

  • Power production 

  • Land application  

  • Fertilizer/struvite 

  • Membranes 

  • PFAS 

  1. Sanitary Sewer Collections, including Pumping 

  • Pump stations 

  • VFDs and Soft Starters 

  • Controls 

  • Electrical trouble shooting for lift stations and treatment plants 

  1. Disinfection 

  • UV, chlorine, ozone, PAA 

  1. Operator Certification 

  • IBOL to discuss rules, regulations 

  • ABC review 

  1. Regulations 

  • What’s new; future; what/why/how 

  • Regulatory inspections – preparing for and conducting 

  • Electronic DMRs 

  • Primacy and how is affecting Idaho IPDES permits 

  • 811 – know before you dig 

  1. Operations, general 

  • Energy efficiency 

  • Confined space 

  • Pumps 

  • Water Reuse 

  1. Construction and Operations 

  • How to stage construction and maintain permit compliance 

  • Maps, as built, Electricals 

  1. Lab/Analytical 

  • Sampling, sample preservation 

  • Phosphorus – methods; limits of detection 

  • Real-time process monitoring  

  • QA/QC 

  • Lab test   


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