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Free trainings for water & wastewater operators, local officials

PRIDE is pleased to partner with the Kentucky Rural Water Association to present a free training workshop for elected officials, drinking water professionals, and wastewater professionals, thanks to a grant from USDA Rural Development. The workshop targets the 42 counties served by PRIDE.

The objective is to help attendees better perform their roles and enhance the operations at their facilities.

The two-day workshops are free, and lunch will be provided both days. Continuing education hours will be award.


  • July 25 & 26 @ Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
  • August 15 & 16 @ Central Kentucky Ag Expo Center, 678 S. Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard, Liberty, KY 42539
  • September 26 & 27 @ Ashland Bus Depot, 99 15th Street, Ashland, KY 41101


Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. “Sampling Procedures” by Johnny Osborne, McCoy & McCoy Laboratories
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “What to Look for in a Laboratory” by Johnny Osborne, McCoy & McCoy Laboratories
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided by PRIDE
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Pipeline Materials, Pipe Repair, Coupling, and Restraining Methods for Sewer Force Mains and Drinking Water Mains” by Mike Rullo, Smith-Blair

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. “Hydro Excavation” by J.C. Spalding, 502 Equipment
9:30 am – 11:30 am “Laboratory Analysis for Water and Wastewater” by Terri Merrifield, Hach Company
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided by PRIDE
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “GIS/GPS for Utilities” by Eric Muncy, Precision Products
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “The Use of Drones for Inspections and Surveys” by Eric Muncy, Precision Products
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Electrical Energy Reduction for Utilities” by Jason Pennell, Kentucky Rural Water Association


Space is limited. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority will be given to registrants from the 42-county PRIDE service area.

To register, please call KRWA at 270.843.2291.


Operators will be granted credit for actual time attending the sessions. The maximum number of training credit hours each day will be six (6) hours. The maximum number of training credit hours for the two-day course will be twelve (12) hours. Local government officials may earn continuing education hours, pending approval by the Department of Local Government.


This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Utilities Programs, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service.


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