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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 them.

So that your attendance and participation can be accurately calculated, for most on-line events you will not be able to join more than a few minutes early.  All presentations 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

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 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   

Note the March training is FULL, a waitlist has started.

 

June 23, 2021: 9:45 am - 12:00 pm  AND  June 24, 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 Asset Management 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 two-morning workshop will be applied for 4.0 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

 

 

 

Asset Management for Drinking Water Systems 

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Part 1: May 5, 2021: 9:15 am - 12:00 pm

Part 2: May 6, 2021: 9:15 am - 12:00 pm

This 2-part series discusses the process of implementing and administering an Asset Management Program for drinking water systems. This class reviews asset management concepts, the components of an AM Plan and Program to comply with OEPA rules, and examines how Asset Management provides tools and a framework for prioritizing needs and extending the useful life of utility assets. Practical topics to aid in developing and implementing a program are covered, including inventories and condition assessments, BMP’s, preventative maintenance, capital improvement planning, and record-keeping. We will explore the roles of different people in an organization to implement Asset Management, and the importance of updating the plan each year.

These courses will be applied for 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.

This course will be applied for 2.5 contact hours.