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Water: Tribal Training

2012 Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Operation, Maintenance, and Management Training for Tribal Operators and Leaders

Contact Information

For more information about this course, please contact:

Leon Latino
 Phone: 202-564-1997
Matthew Richardson
 Phone: (202) 564-2947

Related Topics


  • Water and Wastewater

Take Note: Information presented below is specific to tribal participants and may not apply to all attendees.

Level of Training: 200    Explanation of training levels
Course Description:  The U.S. EPA is sponsoring a series of training workshops for Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages to help increase participants' skills and knowledge in the operation of wastewater and drinking water treatment systems. Following the passage of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), 160 projects on Tribal lands received ARRA funding to build wastewater and drinking water systems. While beneficial, this new infrastructure presents new operation, maintenance, and management responsibilities for busy staff and Tribal leaders. The workshops are open to all federally recognized Tribes and will assist Tribes in realizing the full potential of their water infrastructure.

The objective of this 3-day workshop series is to instruct staff and leaders on how best to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain small wastewater and drinking water systems. Topics covered will include:

  • Operator and management roles and responsibilities
  • Wastewater system operation and maintenance (O&M)
  • Water system O&M
  • Developing rate structures to support utility operations
  • Asset management to ensure system longevity

Case studies and exercises will be used to build on classroom skills. Please join U.S. EPA for an informal and informative workshop designed to help you operate your system safely and effectively.

Download a copy of the training flier (PDF) (2 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF)
Download a copy of the training agenda (PDF) (2 pp, 56.6K, About PDF)


Date/Time Location
April 10-12, 2012 Nashville, Tennessee
May 2-4, 2012 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 15-17, 2012 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Course Details
Target Audience: Water system operators, wastewater system operators, tribal utility managers, tribal council members and leaders involved with water utility management and members of a Federally Recognized Tribe, Alaskan Native Village or Territory.
Is there a final test associated with this course?: There is both a pre- and post-test for this training.
Is there a certificate of completion presented at the conclusion of the course?: Yes.  In most cases, operator certification credits will be offered by the participant's home state.
Other relevant notes: None.

How to register: Go to http://www.horsleywitten.com/tribalARRA/
Registration Deadline: 1 week before training.
Is there a registration fee for this course?: No
Additional registration information: Hotel rooms will be reserved for each workshop.  After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email and logistical information (e.g., location, parking, hotel reservations, etc.)

Event Details

Format for the course: Lecture and Group Activity
Are there any pre-requisites for this event?: No
Is there any pre-course preparation associated with this event?: No


Sleeping room accommodations: Travel, hotel, and per diem costs for attendees from Tribal reservations may be covered by the local Indian Health Service (IHS) Area office. Please contact your local IHS office to learn more.

Other costs paid by EPA: None

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