December 1, 2023

Workshop makes big splash at CSU

Water/Sewer WorkshopTerry Herman was one of approximately 30 people exposed to in-depth knowledge of water and sewer issues during a workshop presented by CSU and Krebs Architecture & Engineering on Aug. 15.

“For anyone who had no knowledge of collective system rehabilitation, this seminar would be great for them,” said Herman, who attended the first of the two seminars which addressed sewer issues. An employee of Mobile Area Water and Sewer System, Herman deals with the sewer side of things and praised the “Sanitary Sewer Collection System Rehabilitation 101,”  by Danny Holmberg of Krebs’ Montgomery (Ala.) branch manager.

“It was presented so that anyone could understand it and it was 100 percent accurate,” Herman added.

Co-worker Ricky Pickett, who deals with wastewater issues, agreed. “It was very good. I have heard a lot about collective system rehab, but seeing the presentation proved very helpful to me.”

Krebs and CSU offered the two-part workshop, a first for the Baldwin County area, to provide quality Alabama Department of Environmental Management-approved training for certified water and wastewater operators.

The second session addressed “Water Storage Facilities – Design and Maintenance” and was led by Jason Dearing, Krebs’ Birmingham project manager. He discussed effective strategies for water distribution system tank design, operation and maintenance.

Cecile Adam Nelson, Special Programs supervisor for CSU, was pleased with the workshop’s success.

“I was very impressed with the turnout to our class. We had attendees from six different water, sewer and utility companies,” she said. “The instructors were interactive and I feel everyone left with a new knowledge of water and sewer.”

Nelson added that the two sessions also gave water and sewer operators an opportunity to earn continuing education hours (CEH) which are required in their respective fields.