MWPCA Photo Blog

Influent, Primary Effluent, and Final Effluent at four facilities in Western MA
Karla Sangrey UBCW, Mark Johnson UBCW, Mickey Nowak MWPCA, Edris Taher UBCW, Joe Parker UBCW, Eric Gradner Operators Exchange Quonset RI, Denise Descheneau UBCW, and Winnie UBCW meet after a tour of the Upper Blackstone facility
Joe Parker for Upper Blackstone Clean Water discusses the operation of their sludge incinerator with RI Operator Exchange candidate Eric Gardner
MWPCA Board Member Ben Smith, RI Operator Exchange candidate Eric Gardner, and James Legg from Uxbridge discuss the upgrades going on while touring the Uxbridge facility.

Upper Blackstone Clean Water Lab Tech’s on the job. Nice job with the PPE Lab Tech’s! Protecting the environment and working safe.

UBCW Lab Tech Rick
UBCW Lab Tech Ornela
UBCW Lab Tech Jazmine
UBCW Lab Tech Devon
UBCW Lab Tech Denise
UBCW Lab Tech Cindy
UBCW Lab Tech Anju

On July 10th Professors Amy Muller (Northeastern), Nick Tooker (UMass), and PhD Student Candidate Wenjin Zhang conducted a workshop on “The Current State of Automation and Controls at New England WRRFs”. Many thanks to Upper Blackstone Clean Water, Uxbridge, Woodard & Curran, North Brookfield, Hach, Springfiled, GHD, and Westfield for participating. Look for published results in the future,

Participants discuss the state of process automation
Professor Amy Muller (Northeastern) goes over the workshop agenda
Edris Taher gives a presentation on the UBCW process control Strategy

The Massachusetts Wastewater Management Training Program is sponsored by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association.   The current session includes twenty-two participants representing facilities from across the state.

The 2019 – 2020 Massachusetts Wastewater Management Class

Here’s the latest MWPCA member activities

On June 18th 60 golfers participated in the annual MWPCA Golf Classic at Shaker Hills golf Course in Harvard MA.

First Place – Tighe & Bond

Second Place – Flow Assessment

Last Place – Upper Blackstone (Honesty Award)

Longest Drive – Jeff Kalmes

Closest To The Pin – Dave Beauregard

Grand Prize Raffle Winner – Teena Nixon

A special thanks to all participants and hole sponsors for supporting the MWPCA mission. Thanks to Oakson, Beta Group, Dukes Root Control, Wright Pierce, SUEZ, Aaron and Associates, Waste Management, Mott MacDonald, Brown & Caldwell, Amp Electric, Arcadis, Williamson NE, ADS, Rhode Island Analytical, WhiteWater, Arcadis, Xylem, Woodard & Curran, Flow Assessment, Orenco Systems, Weston & Sampson, FR Mahoney, New England Environmental Equipment, Upper Blackstone Clean Water, and Boyson & Associates for making this event possible!

Getting ready for action
The Tighe & Bond Team plan their strategy
The Synagro team is here to have fun
Woodard & Curran team recharge before the back nine
Wright Pierce team
WhiteWater team
Flow Assessment team
Brown & Caldwell Team
Rhode Island Analytical team
Upper Blackstone team
New England Environmental Equipment team
Upper Blackstone team
Tighe & Bond team
Synagro team
Golf makes you hungry
Lunch at the clubhouse
Discussing the days activities
Jeff Kalmes, long drive winner accepts his prize from MWPCA President Eric Smith
Raffle prize winner
Grand prize winner Teena Nixon with her 65 inch smart TV

On June 12th 90 MWPCA Members met at the Log Cabin in Holyoke to meet with their fellow water professionals to exchange ideas and listen to a variety of informative speakers. Topics included a plant profile of the Westfield facility and their many innovative projects, gas meter basics, solo worker protection, clarifier upgrades at Chicopee, and OSHA safety. Hope to see you at our next meeting!

Dave Billips (Westfield) and Mike Burke (SUEZ) chat before the meeting
This is how good ideas get spread around
MWPCA President Eric Smith (WhiteWater) starts the meeting with a review of recent association activities
Jeff Gamelli (Westfield) talks about all of the innovative things going on at their facility
Chris Caron (American Safety) speaking on the proper use of gas meters
Mike Williams (Holyoke – formerly from Chicopee) speaks on Chicopee’s clarifier improvements
Jacob Weinrich (Tighe&Bond) explains the engineering behind Chicopee’s clarifier improvements
Alan Stratton (Tighe & Bond) discusses OSHA regulations and how they affect wastewater facilities
A full house of MWPCA members at the June Meeting
Lunch – all that knowledge makes me hungry!

On June 2-5 MWPCA members attended the NEWEA Spring Meeting. Massachusetts sent an Op’s Challenge Team with Operators from Holyoke and Springfield. MWPCA members were at the NEWEA Public Awareness and State Associations Meetings representing our members.

MWPCA members Mickey Nowak and Eric Smith with NEWEA Executive Director Mary Barry
MWPCA at the State Associations meeting at the NEWEA Spring Meeting
The Massachusetts OP’s Challenge team – Dennis Flores, Scott Urban, Brian Pelitier, Tyler Schofield
Our team rockin’ the lab event
Our team on the safety event

On May 23rd the MWPCA hosted Nutrient Removal Using Computer Modeling Training Class. 26 MWPCA members along with trainers Paul Dombrowski, Amine Hanafi, and Aaron Brennan from Woodard & Curran spent the day learning the science of nitrogen and phosphorus at wastewater facilities and then applied that knowledge working in small groups under the guidance of the instructors with computerized treatment process models to troubleshoot different plant configurations and operating conditions. The state of the art software used in the class is based on the program GPS-X developed by Hydromantis. This program is commonly used for treatment process evaluation and design but has been enhanced to serve as a platform for plant O&M manuals and operator training.

Nutrient Removal Using Computer Modeling Class Led by Teachers Paul Dombrowski, Amine Hanafi, and Aaron Brennan from Woodard & Curran
Laurie Goff and Craig Biela from Chicopee discuss strategy with Paul Dombrowski
Nutrient Removal Using Computer Modeling Class
Nutrient Removal Using Computer Modeling Class
Nutrient Removal Using Computer Modeling Class

MWPCA at the MA Statehouse

On May 22 MWPCA members attended the annual Waters Worth It Day at the MA Statehouse in Boston to advocate for issues affecting the water and wastewater industry.

Mickey Nowak MWPCA Executive Director, State Representative Norman Orrall (12th Bristol District), Jaimye Bartak Springfield Water & Sewer Commission, and John Downey MWPCA President Elect, talking wastewater at Waters Worth It Day.
Jaimye Bartak Springfield Water & Sewer Commission, Tom Groves New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Ray Willis MWPCA BOD Member Mickey Nowak MWPCA Executive Director, and John Downey MWPCA President Elect, at Waters Worth It Day.

Exam Prep Training

On April 25th and 26th, 28 MWPCA members attended Grade 4 – 5 – 6 Exam Prep Training with Trainer Greg Kidd to prepare for the MA Certification Exam

Grade 5-6 Exam Prep Class
Grade 4 Exam Prep Class

NEIWPCC Training Classes in Millbury

Tom Bienkiewicz leads the Advanced Wastewater Class
James LaLiberte helps students in the Wastewater Math Class
Wayne Rezendes leads the Industrial Treatment Class
Rich Mederios from Hanna Instruments assistts students during Nora Lough’s Lab Class