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Webinars

Instructor-led webinars enable busy local officials and staff the training opportunities they need to fit their schedules. Registration is required, and for many classes, space is limited.  If an event fills to capacity and a waitlist is started, when practical we will try to add another class.  RCAP will give local officials and operational staff first priority if we are not able to accommodate everyone.

In order to receive credit for contact hours and certificates of completion, you MUST be clicked on and have the webinar page or screen as your only active screen for at least 90% of the webinar. If you click off of this to open and view other webpages or desktop applications, the Webex, GoTo Meeting or other hosting applications we use can detect and record this in our attendance reports.  We recommend you close all other windows and web pages to avoid accidentally clicking on these.

So that your attendance and participation can be accurately calculated, for most on-line events you will not be able to join early.  All presentationsor will begin promptly at the start time.  Please be sure WebEx is the only open program/application on your computer.  Please close all other windows to ensure proper credit for contact hours, if applicable.

Upcoming Webinars

Rural Sewage Management Solutions - Part 2

This course will be offered twice. Click on one of the dates below to register.

January 21, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:15 am

February 12, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:15 am

This is the second part of a two-part training for community leaders and officials addressing wastewater problems in rural and unserved areas. We will highlight examples of low-tech and other alternative wastewater solutions other communities have successfully implemented.

This course will be applied for 2.0 wastewater "other" contact hours.

 

 

 

Distribution System Valve Operation & Maintenance

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January 29, 2021: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm - FULL!  Sign up to be on our waiting list. 

This webinar covers the various types of valves found in water distribution systems, the anatomy of common water distribution valves, along with the proper installation of valves and valve boxes. Valve operation, maintenance, and repair topics will also be discussed including best management practices for valve exercising.

This course will be applied for 2.0 water "O&M" contact hours.

 

 

 

Bring Your Oversight Board Together: Mission Development & Strategic Planning

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January 27, 2021: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The purpose of this training is to bring oversight boards, BPA's and village/city councils together to create a shared vision and mission for their system.  We encourage you to invite your entire board or council to attend together during a special working session. We will facilitate boards and their teams in their own virtual 'break-out' rooms through a SWAT Analysis to create measurable goals and outcomes.  Bringing board members and their team together at the same time is critical in order to create synergy among all stakeholders to articulate a shared vision for their utility and the community it serves. No contact hours are offered for this workshop.

INVITE YOUR BOARD AND COUNCIL MEMBERS TO THIS SPECIAL EVENING SESSION!

 

 

 

How RCAP Can Help You! Services for Sustainability

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February 3, 2021: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us to learn about RCAP's many services available to public water and sewer systems serving small communities and rural areas.

We will highlight board facilitation, project development and funding, financial management and rate analysis, collection and distribution systems condition assessment, valve exercising, and integrated GIS services to help utilities.

This informational session will not provide contact hours.

 

 

 

Can We Get That Project Funded?

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February 5, 2021: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

What does it take to successfully fund a small water or sewer system project in Ohio? We'll explore the types of projects that may be a better fit for some funding programs than others, the timing of important project milestones to be competitive, and steps to take early in the planning process to ensure a successful project. Participants will learn how to use RCAP's Funding Scenarios Spreadsheet to help plan for funding and evaluate project affordability.

This course has been approved for 1.5 water and wastewater "other" contact hours.

 

 

 

Tackling Private Property Pipe Issues - Part 3 and 4

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Part 3: February 17, 2021: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Part 4: February 18, 2021: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Following Parts 1 & 2 which were delivered in August, this webinar series continues with two more morning sessions to examine how water distribution and wastewater collection systems can employ private property inspection, repair and enforcement programs. Content from the previous 2 parts will be reviewed along with additional discussions with communities that effectively manage aging private infrastructure. This webinar is intended for elected officials, management staff, fiscal officers, and operators alike.

Emphasis will be placed on actual private pipe inspection procedures along with recommended documentation. This webinar will conclude with a review of all past discussions found in this webinar series and will direct participants to the information found within the RCAP online toolbox.

These courses will be applied for a combined 5.0 'O&M' contact hours.

 

 

 

Wastewater Lagoons & Oxidation Ponds

We are offering this course twice. Pick one of the dates below to register.

February 23, 2021: 12:30pm - 2:00 pm

February 25, 2021: 12:30pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar will discuss the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment lagoons and oxidation ponds. Types of systems will be discussed along with troubleshooting problems and performing preventative maintenance.

This course will be applied for 1.5 'O&M' wastewater contact hours.

 

 

 

Writing and Implementing SOPs for Distribution

We are offering this course twice. Pick one of the dates below to register.

March 2, 2021: 12:00pm - 3:00 pm

March 4, 2021: 12:00pm - 3:00 pm

Formal, written Standard Operating Procedures are important to ensure proper maintenance, safety and help preserve institutional memory. They are now a component of Asset Management Plans in Ohio. Learners will go through the exercise of writing SOP’s for their distribution system, which will lend itself to the development of SOP’s for other areas of operation.

These courses will be applied for 'O&M' contact hours.

 

 

 

Iron & Manganese Compliance & Control

We are offering this course twice. Pick one of the dates below to register.

March 10, 2021: 1:00pm - 3:00 pm

March 17, 2021: 1:00pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar covers the basics of iron and manganese compliance and control. This is designed to give the participant an overview of the specific rules associated with iron and manganese, sampling procedures, and techniques for controlling iron and manganese in distribution systems and treatment plants.

These courses will be applied for contact hours.

 

 

 

101 Utility Management for Local Officials

We offer this newly revamped 101 workshop virtually over the course of two mornings. You must attend both parts to receive credit for the course.

Part 1:  March 10, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Part 2:  March 11, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Part 1:  March 30, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Part 2:  March 31, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Utility Management for Governing Boards was developed by the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) in Ohio to review the three capabilities of a properly operated and maintained utility system. In this course, we will discuss the Managerial, Technical, and Financial capacity needed to operate a sustainable system.

Governing board roles and responsibilities, along with applicable laws, also will be presented. Participants will discover the importance of the technical capacity of a utility system including the role of certified operators and properly maintained assets. In the last section, we will discuss the importance of financial management and fiscal controls, record keeping, rate setting, and funding capital projects.

This course will be applied for 5.0 combined water and wastewater "other" contact hours.

 

 

 

Improve & Exercise Your Contingency Plan

This class will be delivered over two mornings.  Please register for both days!

 March 23, 2021: 9:45 am - 12:00 pm  AND  March 24, 2021: 9:45 am - 12:00 pm    

June 29, 2021: 9:45 am - 12:00 pm  AND  June 30, 2021: 9:45 am - 12:00 pm  

'Improve and Exercise Your Contingency Plan' provides a brief overview of contingency plan rules and a discussion of how the plan document is tied to other operational guidance such as SOP's, CMMS, and asset management.  The goal of the course is to highlight some of the most important aspects of a contingency plan and give ideas on how to improve existing plans.  Attendees will see examples of decision flow models, supporting mapping, and embedded images used in contingency plans.  The course content is developed around Ohio EPA's regulations and available templates.  Operators will be advised to thoughtfully recorded procedures that objectively detail the steps in responding to foreseeable emergency and non-typical events.  At its core, this course helps go beyond checklists and think critically about the reality of emergency operations in order to be better prepared in the future.

This course will be applied for 4.0 water "O&M" contact hours for the combination of both mornings.

 

 

 

Operational Implementation of an AMP for Valves - Part 1 and 2

We are offering this course multiple times. Pick one of the dates below to register. You must attend both parts to receive credit for the course.

Part 1

April 13, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:00 am  

April 15, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Part 2

April 13, 2021: 12:00pm - 2:00 pm  

April 15, 2021: 12:00pm - 2:00 pm

Operational Implementation of an AMP for Valves - Part 1

Part 1 of a 2-part series. Attendees will be given all the necessary information to create/update and implement their Standard Operating Procedures for water distribution valves that meets Regulatory Standards for regular condition assessments and maintenance. Methods to prioritize, track and record valve maintenance will be introduced and demonstrated. This will be done in a webinar format with field study examples presented.

Operational Implementation of an AMP for Valves - Part 2

Part 2 of a 2-part series. Attendees will be given all the necessary information to create/update and implement their Standard Operating Procedures for water distribution valves that meets Regulatory Standards for regular condition assessments and maintenance. Methods to prioritize, track and record valve maintenance will be introduced and demonstrated. This will be done in a webinar format with field study examples presented.

These courses will be applied for contact hours.

 

 

 

Shared Services & Regional Solutions

We are offering this virtual workshop twice, each split across two mornings. Please register for both mornings for one of these workshops. 

Workshop 1

April 21, 2021: 9:30 am - 11:45 am

April 22, 2021: 9:30 am - 11:45 am

 

Workshop 2

May 18, 2021: 9:30 am - 11:45 am

May 19, 2021: 9:30 am - 11:45 am

The increasing cost of capital improvement projects and operations along with excess capacity is driving more communities to consider shared services and regional solutions.  We'll explore ideas and examples to share equipment, personnel, and infrastructure.  We'll discuss how to look for opportunities and challenge participants to think outside of the box in brainstorming solutions.  We will also address how to anticipate and overcome hurdles, develop fair contracts, and how to be a good partner in sharing, providing or receiving services across boundaries.

This course will be applied for 2.0 water and wastewater "other" contact hours.

 

 

 

201 Financial Management for Local Officials

We offer this newly revamped 201 workshop virtually over the course of two mornings. You must attend both parts to receive credit for the course.

Part 1: April 27, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Part 2: April 28, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Part 1:  May 11, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Part 2:  May 12, 2021: 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Financial Management for Governing Boards - 201 is an introduction to financial management best practices for water and sewer utilities pertaining to planning, budgeting, accounting, customer outreach, and the importance of good reporting and record keeping.  Guidance on building a mission and system goals to steer policy and financial decision-making will be highlighted.  Participants will also learn about the importance of maintaining good financial records.  Lastly, this course will address how asset management planning informs budgeting, which in turn provides the revenue target for rate setting.

This course will be applied for 5.0 combined water and wastewater "other" contact hours

 

 

 

Water Audits

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July 19, 2021: 12:15 pm - 3:00 pm

The learners will be given all the necessary information to address water loss using the Water Audit as a tool. Points of emphasis will include the following. Avoiding the use of the old terminology “unaccounted for water” and using the new terminology – “Revenue vs. Non‐revenue Water”. De‐emphasize the use of percentage indicators. The 3‐V's: Volume, Value, Validity and that the water audit should be considered a Best Management Practice.

These courses will be applied for contact hours.