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UPCOMING TWUA REGIONAL SCHOOL Date
Far West Texas Region Ft. Stockton
Norma Clark (432) 528-‐1608
Norma Clark (432) 528-‐1608
February 26th – Mar. 1st
TWUA Annual School Corpus Christi
David Moore 512-‐279-‐8125
Norma Clark (432) 528-‐1608
March 21st-‐ 23rd
Panhandle Regional School Amarillo
Cindy Moss (806) 378-‐3019
Ruben Arias (806 674-‐4834
April 24th – 27th
Southeast Texas Regional School Beaumont
Patrick Walters (979) 248-‐7012
Patrick Gray (713) 637-‐8835 Ext. 306
May 8th – 11th
Central West Texas Regional School Abilene
Kenny Hutchins (325) 676-‐6429
Mickey Chaney (325) 548-‐2237
May 15th – 18th
North Central Texas Regional School Arlington
Charly Angadicheril (817) 392-‐8299
Jon Mahoney (979) 721-‐2261
June 13th – 15th
Central Texas Regional School Killeen
Charlotte Doran (254) 750-‐8495
Peggy Smith (830) 598-‐2424 Ext. 309
July 24th – 26th
Southwest Texas Regional School Laredo
Tony Moreno (956) 795-‐2620
Lynn Short (361) 485-‐3381
August 1st – 3rd
Permian Basin Regional School Odessa
Norma Clark (432) 528-‐1608
Norma Clark (432) 528-‐1608
th st August 28 – 31 East Texas Regional School Tyler
Mike Norris (903) 939-‐8278
Mike Norris (903) 939-‐8278
November 6th – 9th
West Texas Regional School Lubbock
Matt Kerley (806) 775-‐2624
Bill Boyd (806) 775-‐3415
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In This Edition: President Message...............................4
TEXAS WATER UTILITIES JOURNAL (ISSN 1051-709X) is published monthly by the Texas Water Utilities Association, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 112 West, Austin, Texas 78723-1093, for engineers, operators, managers, laboratory technicians, customer service personnel, and other professionals employed in, or interested in, the water and/or wastewater industry.
I would like to invite everyone to come to Corpus Christi the last week of February and be a part of the Last Board Meeting, Opening Session, and training opportunities offered at Annual School.
Five dollars of each annual membership dues payment to the Texas Water Utilities Association pays for a subscription. Non-Member subscription price: USA $50 per year; $4.20 per single copy; $60 per year outside USA. Periodicals Postage Paid at Austin, TX.
In The News .........................................8 Water Rights: What's Now and What's Next
The Texas Water Utilities Association is wholly independent, and is not affiliated with the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, or any other National organization. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: TEXAS WATER UTILITIES JOURNAL, 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 112 W., Austin, TX 78723-1093. TEXAS WATER UTILITIES JOURNAL is not responsible for facts and/or opinions expressed by contributors or in advertisements herein. Editorials and comments do not necessarily represent the official policy of the Texas Water Utilities Association. All inquiries should be directed to: Texas Water Utilities Association, 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 112 W, Austin, TX 78723-1093, phone 512/459-3124. Any material accepted for publication is subject to revision and editing at the discretion of the publisher. All advertising in the TEXAS WATER UTILITIES JOURNAL is subject to approval of the publisher. Learn more about T.W.U.A. at our Web site: www.twua.org
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: Donny Carrasco, TWUA President Allen Schreiber, Chair of Management Chad Jameson, President Elect George Glispin, Vice President Tony Salinas, Second Past President Mario Zanelli, Ex Officio Russell Hamilton, Executive Director
_______________________________ Front Cover Photo Courtesy of: Keller, Texas December 2016
What is the OSHA General Duty clause?
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President's Message by Donny Carrasco, City of Lubbock
Happy New Year!! Hope that 2017 is off to a great start for everyone. I sincerely, hope that everyone had a joyous and meaningful Christmas, while enjoying the holiday season. I would like to invite everyone to come to Corpus Christi the last week of February and be a part of the Last Board Meeting, Opening Session, and training opportunities offered at Annual School. Last year was one the bigger events we have experienced since being in Corpus. And we hope this year there will be even more vendors and attendees. On behalf of TWUA Management Committee, we know you have a choice in training providers and we sincerely appreciate your support and participation in all TWUA events. Annual School would not be possible if not for the generosity of those who assist with providing classroom instructors. The association provides a small travel stipend but for the most part those who teach do so as a donation to TWUA. I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank everyone who makes Annual School possible. I also want to recognize and thank the vendors and those who purchase booth space. Collectively, vendors account for approximately $65,000 of revenue at Annual School. All of this revenue is used to offset classroom training. Last year there were just over 500 students and the cost of training was $250. If you take the $65,000 (vendor revenue) and divide it among the 500 students â€“ that equates to $130 per student. Added to the $250.00 (registration fee) that would mean training costs would be someone in the ballpark of $380 per student. Based on 2016 numbers. So it is safe to say that vendor support is crucial. When attending any TWUA event, I encourage you to seek out the vendors and acknowledge your appreciation. Yea they would love to have an order, but just to acknowledge that you appreciate their being at a training event, goes a long way. TCEQ has allowed TWUA to count vendor tours as part of the training event. The way this was presented to TCEQ is that the students are able to interact with product representative and enhance the knowledge related to items, equipment, procedures, etc. that are used each day in job performance. So when the student simply rushes through the exhibit hall or uses the hour designated as tour but utilizes this hour for some other purpose it hurts in two ways. First, the vendors will only continue to participate if there is foot traffic and interest in products. Second, if the hour designated as tour time is being abused â€“ the TCEQ approval for tours could be jeopardized for all. I am excited to see Annual School near. I have truly enjoyed touring around the state and meeting and making new friends. I have benefited from seeing first hand how other regions make their events a success. I have learned and took ideas back to Lubbock and shared with the West Texas Board. But I can honestly say, I will not miss the writing of monthly articles. I never really understood when past presidents mentioned they were happy to see this responsibility end. Chad Jameson will be the incoming president and if there are any words of wisdom that I can pass along . . . . start writing now. If you are active with any region. Have served as a officer in a District or Region and are interested in assisting at the state or association level, please let myself or one of the current members of management know so that we can get you the application form and see how future nominations go. Truly thank all those who have made my year as President easier and I hope to see you in Corpus in February.
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Central Office News by Russell Hamilton, TWUA Executive Director
Father for grace, forgiveness, and for all that you do and all that we take for granted, we pause and say thank you. For the rainfall that Texas has received we give you praise. The effects of this drought are far from over for some, while flooding for others, so we ask that you would redirect clouds and rainfall to these areas of need. Father, no task or obstacle is too great for you, so we ask that you fill our lakes and cause our streams to flow with abundance, while leading us to be a more appreciative society. One that does not take the precious gift of water or those who treat it for granted Amen. As of December 5th, 2016 – In West Texas, Lake Ivie is sitting at 23.6 % (+ 0.2 %). Lake Spence is sitting at 13.5 % (+0.1 %). Lake Sweetwater is sitting at 21.9 % (+0.4 %). White River is sitting at 24.7 % (- 0.6 %). Panhandle, Lake Meredith is sitting at 23.1 % (-0.2 %) and Greenbelt is at 27.0 % (+0.1 %). If you want to get a complete look at lake levels, go to www.waterdatafortexas.org. Well 2017 is looking busy but in a good way. We want to thank you for your support and patronage and I look forward to meeting you and interacting with you at Annual School or one of our Regional Events.
will be an indoor washer tournament at the Omni Hotel. Still having Casino night on Tuesday and the other aspects of Annual School have not changed. We are encouraged by the preregistration and vendor booth activity, so we hope that you will come and be a part of what makes this association great. The Panhandle Regional School in Amarillo will be March 21st – 23rd and Ruben, Cindy, and the entire board would love to have your participation. TWUA is proud to announce the full time staff instructors. Michael Gonzales and Mark Routon, have been named to assist with operator training within the association. Mark is no stranger to TWUA and Michael has been assisting TWUA with class room instruction regularly. Both are excited to accept the challenge and share their knowledge and experience. TWUA welcomes and thanks our new staff members for assisting in the operator training process. This story goes something like this Shark Bait During a research experiment a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank. As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish.
Tom and Norma are doing all they can to make the Fort Stockton Regional Event possible. The dates are February 7th – 9th and it is not too late to register and be a part of this operator training event.
The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other.
Annual School in Corpus will follow Fort Stockton very quickly. If you have not attended Annual School in a while, please come to Corpus and give it a try. The business portion of the school takes place Sunday evening at the Omni Hotel and classes begin Monday February 27th at the American Bank Center.
Again, the shark quickly attacked. This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off. Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail. Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition. Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up.
Based on surveys and feedback we are adding two events to Annual School this year. On Monday at the conclusion of class (5:30 p.m.) there will be a meet and greet in the exhibit hall (adult refreshments available) and at 7:00 there
This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks. Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and
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simply stopped attacking altogether. The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack. The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the bait fish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm. The moral: Many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying. Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and where we want to go. Remember – We do not need all operators in Texas to be a member of TWUA – JUST YOU! ! ! !
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In the News
WATER RIGHTS: WHAT’S NOW AND WHAT’S NEXT by RICH OLLER, PE
I’ve been lucky in that my experience from both a public and private perspective has provided me insights that are unique and applicable when adding additional water rights to your water production resources. I know where we’ve been over the past 35+ years; I see where we are now, and I can make educated predictions about what we’ll be dealing with in the future. We have much work to do.
Are We Heading for a Mad Max World? Like oil, potable drinking water is a commodity and is becoming harder to find and develop. All of us in the water industry continually deal with and are confronted with increasing demand and decreasing supply. Whether these decreases are from drought conditions or increased growth and over-allocation of existing supplies, both create concerns in securing water for current and future demands. Groundwater has been controlled in years past by the surface owner of the land, or what is recognized as the “right of capture”. Oil companies seeking water for oilfield fracking and production are challenging this long-standing law. In some cases, the water has been treated as a mineral and the challengers have been successful in claiming use and ownership of the water even though they did not own the surface rights. Water Rights have become a valued resource and there appear to be no limits on where these may be regarding the end user. Typically, water rights were acquired near the end user, but today, water rights are being negotiated and acquired wherever they may be obtainable.
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The Future of Texas Water Texas is projected to almost double its population by 2070.
2020 2050 2070
POPULATION 29,500,000 41,900,000 51,040,000
Managing and securing sustainable water now and in the future falls on each city and city management group. City Management is the front line leader in water acquisition, treatment and distribution. Managing this resource is a major component of all city governments. Systematic planning based on historical water use and projected population growth is the responsibility of each city. Equally important is providing adequate funding for infrastructure improvements to assure a safe, reliable water supply for their users. How is this achieved in a time and economy that has the uncertainties that we see and feel today? Oil prices have dropped and state and municipal budgets are feeling the crunch created by the loss of tax revenue from the oil and gas industry. Cities have seen substantial employment losses associated with the oil and gas companies. A close look at the reality of the situation reveals that as far as our infrastructure is concerned, nothing has changed except for more people and larger demands for water. The graph below from the Texas Water Development Board shows 2013 water demand versus population. Demand and population have only increased since then, and that trend will continue.
that it might cause to his neighbor, known as the right of capture. Texas has implemented two important changes that limit common law on the landowner’s right of capture and use or groundwater: • The landowner cannot capture and use groundwater maliciously with the purpose of injuring a neighbor or use it in a manner that amounts to wanton and willful misuse of the resource.
Types of Water Rights Within Texas, there are two distinct types of Water Rights or Water Development: groundwater or State surface water. By State Water Law definition, groundwater occurs under the surface of the land, and can include percolating water and artesian water, but not the underflow of a surface water river or stream or the underground flow that is confined in channels such as a “confined aquifer”. Groundwater has a unique characteristic in that it is presumed to be percolating, and must be proven otherwise to be considered any other way. Artesian water is groundwater that is confined by an impermeable geological formation causing the path of least resistance to be upward once “tapped” or developed. Underflow is water that is directly connected to the flow of a stream or river and is typically flowing through the soil formations adjacent to the streams or riverbanks moving in the same direction of the surface water flow. As such, it is considered “water of the State” and governed by surface water rules. Underground streams or rivers are further delineated by a defined water course, meaning the underground stream or river must have defined banks that form a geologically defined channel and it must flow. These are rarely, if ever, found in Texas and must be addressed on a case-by-case basis. In 35+ years of personal experience, I have never encountered such a subterranean stream in Texas.
Water Laws: How Did we Get Here? English Common Law was the basis for current Texas Common Law for water use. This basis simply stated that the owner of the land had the right to pump unlimited quantities of water from under his land regardless of the impact February 2017
• The landowner cannot pump groundwater in amounts that will cause subsidence to occur on neighboring land.
How are Laws Enforced Locally? Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) and Subsidence Districts are the favored groundwater controls in the State. Because approximately 85% of the groundwater in the state is within a GCD or subsidence district, many GCDs and subsidence districts have promulgated rules for the development and production of groundwater. While the landowner currently owns the groundwater beneath his land, it is subject to the water laws of the State and to local GCDs and subsidence districts. The common law rule of capture cannot always be taken literally without first determining if the proposed well development is in a specific district and what those rules require. GCDs have set spacing rules for wells and production rules to provide conservation measures for groundwater in the State.
How Do We Move Forward? In securing additional groundwater supplies, Municipalities, Water Districts, and Water Supply Corporations must be sure that all water rights, easements, development standards, and requirements are in place prior to securing the land. Because increasing water demands across the state have increased competition for this limited resource, careful planning and investigation of potential development areas must be undertaken with knowledgeable professionals to guide the purchase of these water rights. Compliance in legal, engineering land acquisition, hydrogeological investigations, and conservation must be fully vetted to secure any new water rights in Texas.
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2017 CASINO NIGHT Prizes! Everyone No matter what skill level, all will have a chance to win! We will draw for prizes every 15 minutes throughout the event.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 7:00 p.m. Omni Hotel Bayview (1st Floor) For more information
Contact: Craig McCoy E-mail:@h2oclarifications.com (thats”o” not 0 in h2oclarifications)
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TEXAS WATER UTILITIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL FAR WEST TEXAS REGIONAL SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 7-9, 2017 PECOS COUNTY CIVIC CENTER, 1574 AIRPORT DR., FORT STOCKTON, TX
ACADEMIC OFFERINGS WATER Basic Water Groundwater Production
WASTEWATER Basic Wastewater Wastewater Treatment
WATER/WASTEWATER Utilities Safety Special Topics (pending TCEQ approval) CCC/CSI (20 hrs water, 20 hrs CSI, 20 hrs BPAT
Minimum of 5 students per class required.
10 hrs wastewater)
TWUA Member $250 $275
Pre-Registration (until January 27, 2017) On-Site Registration
Non-Member $320 $345
On-Site Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Course Schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday – 8 am to 5 pm; Thursday – 8 am to 12 noon. TCEQ exams will be given at 1:00 on Thursday, February 9th. Anyone wanting to TEST at the conclusion of the training MUST Pre-register electronically with TCEQ 60 days prior to event and pay the $111.00 fee online at the TCEQ website. https://www.tceq.texas.gov/licensing/eapp Registration fees include course materials and refreshments. Lunch will not be provided.
The Candlewood Suites located at 2469 West IH 10 has offered participants of the school a special rate of $94.99 single or $104.99 double. Please contact them at (432) 336-7700 and mention the TWUA Water School when making reservations.
A Golf Tournament will be held at 12:00 noon on Monday, February 6 at the Desert Pines Golf Course. Cost is $65 per person which includes green fee, cart, and prizes.
POOL & DART TOURNAMENTS
Pool & Dart Tournaments will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7 at Stixx, 1216 N Hwy 285 in Fort Stockton. Cost is $25 per person per tournament. Each tournament is a double elimination, blind draw team event. REGISTRATION FORM Name _________________________________________ Social Security or TCEQ License # ____________________ Address ___________________________________________City __________________ State _____ Zip___________ Daytime Phone _______________________
Email Address _______________________________________ Course Selection _____________________________ TWUA Member ____Yes ____No Testing
Member of which TWUA District __________________________________
Credit Card #______________________________________
Exp. Date ________
Security Code ______
Cardholder Name (Printed)______________________________________________________________________ Credit Card Billing Address______________________________________________________________________ Email Address for Receipt ______________________________________________________________________ Payment MUST accompany registration. No purchase orders accepted. No refunds will be made; however, substitutions are allowed. Credit card registrations may be mailed, or faxed to (432) 332-1965. Make checks payable to Permian Basin Regional School, P.O. Box 12604, Odessa, TX, 79768. If you have any questions, please call Norma Clark at (432) 528-1608.
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2017 TWUA 99TH ANNUAL SCHOOL INFORMATION February 26 — March 1, 2017 January 5th 2017 - last dayday to electronically complete the exams!! December 27th 2017 – last to electronically complete theTCEQ TCEQpreapproval preapprovalprocess process for operator operator exams!!
We are proud to announce our upcoming 99th Annual School in Corpus Christi, Texas at the American Bank Convention Center. Please mark your calendars and take advantage of our training program and more. Please remember in some cases classroom sizes may be limited.
Hotel Reservation Information: Hotel: Group Code TWUA. Omni Hotel Bayfront will serve as our host hotel again this year. Room rate $161+taxes single rate. For direct information or reservation, please call (800)843-6664 or you can visit www.omnihotel.com for on-line reservations. This information is also located on our website at www.twua.org. Please note group discount reservation cut-off date is February 4, 2017.
All classes are 20-hour training courses. We encourage everyone to attend the General Session on Sunday, February 28th at the Omni Hotel and visit the Exhibitor Area at the American Bank Center on Tuesday. Technical Sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday and will end at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
TCEQ Examinations Information: All TCEQ Water and Wastewater exams will be given at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st.. Class “A” exams and TWUA L.A.S. Voluntary Laboratory Analysts exams will be given Tuesday, F e b r u a r y 2 8 st, at 8:00 a.m. Applications for the “A” exam must be approved prior to Annual School. Approval for an “A” exam takes approximately 60 days. Call TCEQ Occupational Licensing Section for more information. (512)2396133. Payment must be made on-site or prior to testing. Please do not include testing fee with your TWUA registration. Please make check payable to: TCEQ and please allow (45) days for test results to be available on (TCEQ) website. Exam Fees: Water Licensing Exams............................$111 Wastewater Licensing Exams...................$111 TWUA LAS...............................................$105/$150 Pre-registration and payment is also required for the TWUA Voluntary Laboratory Analysts’ Certiﬁcation Program. Contact David Moore at TWUA Central Ofﬁce (512)279-8125 for more information. 12 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org
MAIL REGISTRATION FORMS TO: Please submit all registration forms with a check or money order payable to: TWUA Central Ofﬁce, 1106 Clayton Lane Suite #112 West, Austin, Texas 78723. Online registration is available at www.twua.org. All major credit cards are accepted.
November 1st - December 31st Fees: (MEMBER) Pre-Registration Fee: NON-MEMBER Pre-Registration Fee:
January 1st - February 17th Fees: (MEMBER) Pre-Registration Fee: NON-MEMBER Pre-Registration Fee: On-Site (Walk-up) Registration Fee (Member): On-Site Registration Fee (non-member): No Refunds: Attendee substitutions are acceptable if received in
Central Ofﬁce prior to February 17th, 2017. In other cases, the funds can be used toward a future TWUA course. To receive the above discounts, all payments and registrations must be received by Central Ofﬁce within the month of said discount. Following this date, on-site registration will be available at the school.
2017 TWUA 99TH ANNUAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM February 26 — March 1, 2017 WATER COURSES
Special Notes: **These (20 hour courses) are pending TCEQ Approval / All courses are 20 hour credit
Special Topics for Lab Analysts**
Ground Water Production Water Distribution Surface Water II Water Laboratory
Wastewater Treatment Wastewater Collection Activated Sludge Wastewater Laboratory Advance Pretreatment
Water Utilities Management Calculations Chlorinator Maintenance Pump & Pumping Water Utilities Safety Special Topics for Managers** CCC/CSI CS-Utility Relations-No operator Credit
Special Notes: *** These (20 hour courses) are pending TCEQ Approval
TEXAS WATER UTILITIES ASSOCIATION MEMBERS FEE
Pre-Registration Fee until 12-31-16
Water and/or Wastewater Courses ................................................................$300.00 CSS Utility Relations Course ............................................................................$300.00 LAS Special Topics for Lab Analysts..............................................................$310.00
After Jan 1st – Feb 17th
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DISCOUNTS BEING OFFERED
NOTE: Substitutions ONLY - Refunds Cannot Be Made-Provide complete information for each registrant-(Please Print Legibly) Name:
SS# or License #:
Badge Name (Nickname):
Employer __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:
Method of Payment: Check (CK) # Cardholder Name: (MasterCard): # Authorizing Signature for Credit Card:
Credit Card: Bill my (Visa)
Exp. Date: _
Please provide the following information if a receipt is needed:
Attn: Tickets for the following must be purchased individually:
School Registration Fees (See Above)……………………………………. ................................................................................... $ AA Club Luncheon Ticket - $35 (Monday) ……………………………………. ............................................................................ $ A Club Luncheon Ticket - $35 (Monday) ……………………………………..................................................................................$ Event Parking Pass - $15 (Mon.-Wed) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ ____________ Total Enclosed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ ____________
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WHAT IS THE OSHA GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE? by OSHA’s General Duty Clause, in its entirety, reads:
“Each employer shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.» —29 U.S.C. § 654, 5(a)(1) This pivotal clause, crucial to the health, safety, and well-being of workers throughout the United States, can be found in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 29, 1970. The act led to the formation of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and was created to ensure employers maintain workplaces free of hazards and that employees enjoy safe working conditions. The General Duty Clause, in particular, maintains that employers are legally obligated to provide workplaces free from hazards. These hazards may be recognized by the employer, by industry consensus standards, or through “common sense” as carrying the potential to cause serious physical harm or death.
When is the OSHA General Duty Clause invoked? The clause is often the basis for a citation when hazards present in the workplace aren’t otherwise covered by OSHA standards. For example: OSHA does not yet have a specific standard regarding ergonomics. Improper lifting tasks that lead to muscle and joint injuries, as well as repetitive motions that may cause carpal tunnel syndrome, can be cited under the General Duty Clause when employers don’t try to mitigate the hazards or protect workers from the impacts of those tasks.
What are the elements of an OSHA General Duty Clause Violation? OSHA issued more than 1,500 citations for General Duty Clause violations in 2015. When can an employer be cited under the General Duty Clause, rather than another, more specific OSHA standard? Several factors must be present for an employer to be cited under the General Duty Clause. Those factors include the following:
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The hazard must meet OSHA’s basic definition of a workplace “hazard.” A hazard is an object, condition, or practice that presents a potential source of injury or damage. Examples include a hot surface (which could cause burns), damaged electrical wiring (which could cause shocks or start a fire), or a heavy lifting task (which could cause back strains). Additionally, employees must be exposed to the hazard in order to be cited under the General Duty Clause; if the hazard in question doesn’t directly impact or endanger employees, it may still be cited under another standard.
The hazard must be recognized as such. For a hazard to result in a citation, it needs to be a recognized or known hazard. However, the employer does not need to have recognized the hazard to be cited for it under the OSHA General Duty Clause. The OSHA Field Operations Manual states: “Recognition of a hazard can be established on the basis of employer recognition, industry recognition, or ‘common-sense’ recognition. The use of common sense as the basis for establishing recognition shall be limited to special circumstances.”
Recognition of a hazard may be supported in several ways, including: •
Earlier OSHA inspections of the same employer which covered the same hazard
Documented employee complaints or grievances about a certain hazard
An employer’s earlier corrective action
Statements by safety or health experts familiar with the industry
Studies conducted to demonstrate awareness of the hazard
State and local laws that may have been in place to mitigate the hazard
Equipment warnings and literature that reference the hazard
National consensus standards from ANSI, NFPA, and other private organizations
“Common-sense” recognition may occur when, according to the OSHA Field Operations Manual, “a hazardous condition is so obvious that any reasonable person would have recognized it.”
The hazard is likely to cause physical harm or death. This can be established when a death or serious injury actually followed an accident due to an existing hazard, or if serious harm or death would be likely in the event of an accident. Similar situations in other facilities are often used for comparison, allowing OSHA to rely on historical data.
employer failed to pursue that corrective action, then it makes sense to hold the employer responsible. In determining whether corrective actions are feasible, OSHA inspectors may look at what the employer did or didn’t do to mitigate the risk, how other employers and companies accounted for the same risks, and what equipment manufacturers recommend for any hazardous equipment involved.
What are the limitations of the General Duty Clause? The General Duty Clause is a far-reaching regulation, but it may not be invoked in certain cases. Employers can’t be cited under the General Duty Clause when an already-existing OSHA standard covers the hazard in question, nor can citations be issued to impose stricter requirements than what’s outlined by a hazard’s OSHA standard. Instead, the employer will be held to the existing rule. For example, if an employer didn’t provide fall protection for workers on an unguarded platform on an exposed floor 25 feet above a lower level, they would be cited under OSHA’s fall protection standard, rather than the General Duty Clause.
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TEXAS WATER UTILITIES To register for any TWUA classes â€“ simply complete the registration form and fax to (512)459-7124 or contact TWUA @ 888-367-8982 for additional details. *NOTICE: Due to recent increases for training materials, class costs have Increased. ***Pre-Registration Is defined to mean 14 Days prior to any scheduled event. All registrations received after the pre-registration cutoff date must pay on-site registration fee. We strongly encourage everyone to please pre-register by fax, e-mail, or calling. On-site registrations are welcome but not preferred.
Basic Water TCEQ 0092 Waco Basic Water Austin Basic Water San Marcos Basic Water Victoria Basic Water ON-LINE Basic Water Corpus Christi Basic Water Beaumont Basic Water Ground Water Production TCEQ 0223 May 1-3 Wylie Ground Water Production Oct 9-11 Corpus Christi Ground Water Production Distribution TCEQ 0605 Feb 1-3 Wylie Water Distribution Feb 6-8 Tyler Water Distribution Feb 13-15 Corpus Christi Water Distribution Mar 14-16 ON-LINE Water Distribution Sep 26-28 Waco Water Distribution Oct 17-19 San Marcos Water Distribution Oct 17-19 Victoria Water Distribution Oct 30-Nov 1 Corpus Christi Water Distribution Nov 14-16 Beaumont Water Distribution Surface Water Production I TCEQ 0942 Feb 14-16 Waco Surface Water I Apr 11-13 Tyler Surface Water I May 1-3 Corpus Christi Surface Water I Nov 1-3 Wylie Surface Water I Surface Water Production II TCEQ 0954 Mar 21-23 Victoria Surface Water II May 23-23 Tyler Surface Water II Jun 19-21 Corpus Christi Surface Water II Dec 4-6 Wylie Surface Water II Water Laboratory TECQ 0285 Jun 21-23 Corpus Christi Water Lab Aug 7-9 Wylie Water Lab Basic Wastewater TCEQ 0059 Feb 7-9 Port Neches Basic Wastewater Feb 13-15 Abilene Basic Wastewater Feb 21-23 Carrollton Basic Wastewater Aug 15-17 Victoria Basic Wastewater Sept 13-15 Corpus Christi Basic Wastewater Dec 12-14 San Marcos Basic Wastewater Wastewater Treatment TCEQ 0437 Mar 28-30 Tyler Wastewater Treatment Apr 10-12 Corpus Christi Wastewater Treatment Jun 28-30 Wylie Wastewater Treatment Wastewater Collection TCEQ 0080 16 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org Feb 8-10 Tyler Wastewater Collection Feb 15-17 Corpus Christi Wastewater Collection Mar 21-23 Carrollton Wastewater Collection Mar 7-9 Mar 15-17 Apr 18-20 Jun 20-22 Jun 27-29 Sept 11-13 Oct 24-26
20 Hours 425 Franklin 12215 Bee Caves Road 170 Charles Austin Dr 2902 Bluff twua.org 2726 Holly 1305 Langham 20 Hours 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 2726 Holly 20 Hours 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 14792 CR 192 13101 Leopard twua.org 425 Franklin 501 E Hopkins 2902 Bluff 13101 Leopard 1305 Langham 24 Hours 425 Franklin 14792 CR 192 2726 Holly 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 20 Hours 2902 Bluff 14792 CR 192 2726 Holly 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 20 Hours 2726 Holly 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 20 Hours 1005 Merriman 4209 E Lake Rd 2711 Nimitz 2902 Bluff 2726 Holly 801 MLK Drive 20 Hours 14792 CR 192 2726 Holly 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 20 Hours 14792 CR 192 13101 Leopard 2711 Nimitz
Feb 21-23 Aug 15-17 Sept 13-15 Dec 12-14
Carrollton Basic Wastewater 2711 Nimitz Victoria Basic Wastewater 2902 Bluff Corpus Christi Basic Wastewater 2726 Holly San Marcos Basic Wastewater 801 MLK Drive Wastewater Treatment TCEQ 0437 20 Hours Wastewater Mar 28-30 Tyler Wastewater Treatment 14792 CR 192 20 HOUR CLASSES: (PRE-REGISTRATION) $300 MEMBER $360 NON-MEMBER. (ON-SITE) $350 MEMBER $410 NON-MEMBER â€“ 24 HOUR CLASSES Apr 10-12 Corpus Christi Wastewater Treatment 2726 Holly (PRE-REGISTRATION) $360 MEMBER $420 NON-MEMBER (ON-SITE) $410 MEMBER $470 NON-MEMBER. YOU CAN REGISTER ON-LINE AT HTTP://TWUA.ORG/TRAINING.PHP FOR YOUR NEXT TRAINING CLASS. *ON_LINE COURSES MAY VARY Jun 28-30 Wylie Wastewater Treatment 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Wastewater Collection TCEQ 0080 20 Hours Wastewater Feb 8-10 Tyler Wastewater Collection 14792 CR 192 Feb 15-17 Corpus Christi Wastewater Collection 13101 Leopard Mar 21-23 Carrollton Wastewater Collection 2711 Nimitz Sep 5-7 San Marcos Wastewater Collection 170 Charles Austin Dr Nov 1-3 Corpus Christi Wastewater Collection 13101 Leopard Nov 14-16 Waco Wastewater Collection 425 Franklin Wastewater Laboratory TCEQ 0081 20 Hours Wastewater Aug 14-16 Corpus Christi Wastewater Lab 2726 Holly Aug 28-30 Wylie Wastewater Lab 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Activated Sludge TCEQ 0009 20 Hours Wastewater Oct 4-6 Wylie Activated Sludge 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Utilities Management TCEQ 0550 20 Hours W/WW Mar 28-30 San Marcos Utilities Management 170 Charles Austin Dr Jun 26-28 Wylie Utilities Management 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Jul 17-19 Corpus Christi Utilities Management 2726 Holly Sep 19-21 ON-LINE Utilities Management twua.org Oct 10-12 Waco Utilities Management 425 Franklin Dec 12-14 Beaumont Utilities Management 1305 Langham Rd Pumps and Pumping TCEQ 0430 20 Hours W/WW Mar 6-8 Wylie Pumps & Pumping 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Apr 25-27 Carrollton Pumps & Pumping 2711 Nimitz May 9-11 Port Artur Pumps & Pumping 1101 HO Mills Jul 18-20 Waco Pumps & Pumping 425 Franklin Jul 19-21 Corpus Christi Pumps & Pumping 2726 Holly Nov 14-16, 2017 Victoria Pumps & Pumping 2902 Bluff Dec 11-13 Corpus Christi Pumps & Pumping 13101 Leopard Utilities Safety TCEQ 0426 20 Hours W/WW Feb 21-23 Lindale Utilities Safety 212 N Commerce Mar 8-10 Wylie Utilities Safety 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Mar 15-17 Corpus Christi Utilities Safety 13101 Leopard Apr 4-6 Waco Utilities Safety 425 Franklin Apr 11-13 ON-LINE Utilities Safety twua.org May 9-11 Tyler Utilities Safety 14792 CR 192 Aug 15-17 San Marcos Utilities Safety 170 Charles Austin Dr. Sep 12-14 Beaumont Utilities Safety 1305 Langham Sep 12-14 Waco Utilities Safety 425 Franklin Oct 11-13 Corpus Christi Utilities Safety 2726 Holly Valve & Hydrant Maintenance TCEQ 0961 20 Hours W/WW Mar 13-15 Corpus Christi Valve & Hydrant Maintenance 13101 Leopard Apr 18-20 Victoria Valve & Hydrant Maintenance 2902 Bluff May 23-25 San Marcos Valve & Hydrant Maintenance 170 Charles Austin Dr Oct 2-4 Wylie Valve & Hydrant Maintenance 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Utilities Calculations TCEQ 0108 20 Hours W/WW Continued on next page Feb 14-16 New Braunfels Utilities Calculations 355 FM 306 Apr 12-14 Corpus Christi Utilities Calculations 2726 Holly February 2017 Texas Water Utilities Journal www.twua.org 17 May 16-18 Victoria Utilities Calculations 2902 Bluff Jul 25-27 ON-LINE Utilities Calculations twua.org Oct 24-26 Waco Utilities Calculations 425 Franklin
Mar 13-15 Apr 18-20 Training May 23-25 Oct 2-4
Corpus Christi Valve & Hydrant Maintenance 13101 Leopard Victoria Valve & Hydrant Maintenance 2902 Bluff Schedule (continued from pageValve 17) & Hydrant Maintenance 170 Charles Austin Dr San Marcos Wylie Valve & Hydrant Maintenance 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Utilities Calculations TCEQ 0108 20 Hours Feb 14-16 New Braunfels Utilities Calculations 355 FM 306 Apr 12-14 Corpus Christi Utilities Calculations 2726 Holly May 16-18 Victoria Utilities Calculations 2902 Bluff Jul 25-27 ON-LINE Utilities Calculations twua.org Oct 24-26 Waco Utilities Calculations 425 Franklin Dec 6-8 Wylie Utilities Calculations 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Chlorinator Maintenance TCEQ 0124 20 Hours Aug 8-11 Wylie Chlorinator Maint/Disinfection 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Sep 19-21 Victoria Chlorinator Maint/Disinfection 2902 Bluff Customer Service Inspection/ TCEQ 0173,0043 20 Hours Cross Connection Control Mar7-9 Lindale CSI/CCC 212 N Commerce May 3-5 Wylie CSI/CCC 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 May 31-Jun 1 ON_LINE CCC 10 Hrs twua.org Jul 25-27 Victoria CSI/CCC 2902 Bluff Aug 16-18 Corpus Christi CSI/CCC 2726 Holly Aug 30-Sep 1 Wylie CSI/CCC 949 Hensley Lane, Building 300 Nov 28-30 San Marcos CSI/CCC 501 E Hopkins Instructional Design and Evaluation (Instructor II) 40 Hours Oct 16-20 TWUA Central Office 1106 Clayton Lane Online Educational Offerings Mar 14-16 Water Distribution On-Line 20 Hours Apr 11-13 Utilities Safety On-Line 20 Hours May 31-Jun 1 Cross Connection Control On-Line 10 Hours Jun 27-29 Basic Water On-Line 20 Hours Jul 25-27 Calculations On-Line 20 Hours Sept 19-21 Management On-Line 20 Hours Oct 11-12 CSI On-Line 10 Hours Oct 24-26 Wastewater Collection On-Line 20 Hours Nov 14-16 Ground Water Production On-Line 20 Hours Dec 5-7 Chlorinator Maint/Disinfection On-Line 20 Hours
TWUA COURSE REGISTRATION FORM
No operator hours
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Name:_______________________________ E-Mail Address:_____________________________________ Course Name: ___________________________________ Date:__________________________________ Location:___________________________________________ Fee: ________________________________ Home Address:_________________________________ City:_____________State:_____ Zip:___________ Day Time Phone #:______________________ SS# or W/WW License number#:______________________ Company Name:__________________________________TWUA Member/Non-Member_________________ Visa/MC Acct. #:___________________________________________Expire Date: _____________________ Cardholder: __________________________________________________________________________
For credit cards please fax this form to 512/459-7124 Checks or money orders mail completed registration form along with payment to: Texas Water Utilities Association Â· 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 112 West Austin, TX 78723-1093, Phone: 512/459-3124 or 888/367-8982, FAX: 512/459-7124, Register on-line at www.twua.org To obtain TCEQ License Number: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/nav/data/licensed_data.html
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Operator NEWS 39th ANNUAL SCHOOL – TWUA PANHANDLE REGION March 21-23, 2017 Held at the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan Amarillo, Texas WATER COURSES
Basic Water *Surface Water Production I Ground Water Production Water Distribution
Basic Wastewater Wastewater Treatment Wastewater Collection *Wastewater Laboratory
Management Utility Safety Calculations Pumps and Pumping Chlorine & Chlorine Systems *Customer Service Relations
*Surface Water Production I (24 hour) class starts Monday March 20 at 1:00 pm
*Wastewater Laboratory will be held at the Environmental Laboratory at 4001 S. Osage *Customer Service Relations Class is open to the general public, no TCEQ operator credit hours
FOR REGISTRATION PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE Panhandleregion.com
All Classes TWUA Member Non-Member Pre-Registration (Deadline 3/7/17)…...........................................................................................$250.00 .........................$310.00 Late / On-Site Registration (after 3/7/17) ..................................................................................$300.00 .........................$360.00 Customer Service Relations $150 for more information contact Faye Stover 806-672-4619
TWUA MEMBERSHIP WILL BE VERIFIED!
We encourage you to register on-line at panhandleregion.com but if you choose to fax or mail your registration in please visit panhandleregion.com to download the registration form and send to the address provided below. Payment must accompany registration! We will not submit TCEQ hours if we do not receive payment for the class. No refunds but substitutions are allowed. Make Check Payable to TWUA - Panhandle Region. Please complete registration form and fax to 806-622-8649 or mail to TWUA Panhandle Region P.O. BOX 1324 Amarillo, TX 79105. On-Site Registration at the door will begin at 7:00am Tuesday. Pre-Registered students can pick up their name badge and information packets from the registration booth. Registration fee includes training manuals, snacks, refreshments, and noon meals.
TESTING INFORMATION Class “A” exams must be arranged with TCEQ at least 6 weeks prior to school. You must fill out an on-line application to take any exams, visit TCEQ website for more information. All exams will be given on Thursday at 1:00 pm. *Photo ID Required for all exams*
All Exam Fees are $111, checks or money orders for exam fees must be made out to TCEQ! HEADQUARTERS HOTEL Ashmore Inn & Suites – TWUA Special Discount Rate if reservations made by phone $69.00 / night
For Reservations call 877-374-3344
Make sure to mention that you will be attending the TWUA Regional School to receive the special discount rate.
For registration information visit our website at www.panhandleregion.com for other inquiries call Ruben Arias at 806-674-4834 or Cindy Moss at 806-341-5970, Emergency contact # at the regional school 806-341-5970
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Last Day to Submit Pre-approval Paperwork to TCEQ For Testing @ TWUA Regional Training Events. https://www.tceq.texas.gov/licensing/eapp for questions please contact TCEQ at: 512-239-6133
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TEXAS WATER UTILITIES ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL CENTRAL WEST TEXAS REGIONAL SCHOOL
MAY 9, 10, AND 11, 2017 – ABILENE CIVIC CENTER – ABILENE, TEXAS
ACADEMIC OFFERINGS WATER
Basic Water Water Distribution **Surface Water Production I** Surface Water Production II *Water Laboratory
Basic Wastewater Wastewater Treatment Wastewater Collection Activated Sludge *Wastewater Laboratory
Utilities Safety Utilities Management Special Topics – pending TCEQ approval Cross Connect Control & Customer Service Inspection
*Pre-Registration Required – Class Size Limited to 12. **Surface Water I is 24 hrs. In Length - Start 1:00pm Monday, May 8th – Pre-Registration - Class Size limited to 20 All other courses are 20 hrs. in Length & Start Tuesday 9th.
BEST TASTING WATER CONTEST
There will be a Best Tasting Water Contest with winners in two categories: systems serving less than 10,000 persons and systems serving over 10,000 persons. THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO ALL SYSTEMS WHICH TREAT THEIR WATER – BOTH GROUND AND SURFACE SUPPLIERS. Those interested should contact Mike Michaud at firstname.lastname@example.org or 325/676-6041.
A Golf Tournament will be held at 12-noon, Monday, May 8, 2017. Those interested should contact Jessica Sosa at email@example.com (325) 676-6041, ext. 1 or Kenny Doss at firstname.lastname@example.org or (325) 548-2237.
The MCM Elegante Suites, 4250 Ridgemont Dr., 325-698-1234 will be our host hotel this year and offering a rate of $85.00/night until April 14, 2017.A list of hotels is available at 325/676-6041, ext. 1 or email@example.com
PRE-REGISTRATION FORM CENTRAL WEST TEXAS REGIONAL SCHOOL Pre-Registration for Labs, Surface Water I required by April 07, 2017. Pre-Registration for all other classes is April 14, 2017. MAIL FORM WITH PAYMENT TO:
MICKEY CHANEY – WATER ADMINISTRATION – P.O. BOX 60, ABILENE, TX 79604
Must be Preapproved by March 1, 2017 with TCEQ to Test (takes 45 to 60 days)
MasterCard/Visa for pre-registration thru the TWUA Central Office at (888) 367-8982 or Fax (512) 459-7124 but confirm with Mickey Chaney at 325/676-6474 or Fax 325/676-6044 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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TWUA CLASSIFIED ADS
WATER / WASTEWATER OPERATORS Houston / Spring Area
Hays Utility South is looking for experienced licensed water and wastewater operators with double “C” or higher issued by State of Texas. Applicant must have clear driving record in order to drive company vehicle. Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to (281) 353-6105 ATTN: JQ Baker, Operations Manager.
CHIEF PLANT OPERATOR Harker Heights
The City of Harker Heights is accepting applications for a full-time Chief Plant Operator.Apply at www.ci.harker-heights. tx.us
UTILITIES OPERATOR Sugar Land, Texas The City of Sugar Land Public Works Department is hiring a Utilities Operator. Responsibilities include performing a variety of tasks in the operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant including maintenance of equipment, quality control/testing and day-to-day activities on a rotating shift schedule. Please visit our website at www.sugarlandtx.gov for complete details and to apply online. Salary: $37.523.20 - $ 43,160.00 Annually
WASTEWATER PLANT OPERATOR-FULL TIME Hondo
The City of Hondo is accepting applications for a full-time Waste Water Plant Operator. Complete job listing can be
found at www.hondo-tx.org A valid Texas Driver’s License, with an acceptable driving record; and a Class C Wastewater license issued by TCEQ, prefer a Class B license. Applicants may obtain an application at the City of Hondo Personnel Office, 1600 Avenue M, Hondo, TX, or by visiting the City of Hondo website at www.hondo-tx. org. This position is open until filled Resume may be included with application and salary requirements to: email@example.com.
PEARLAND PUBLIC WORKS Pearland, Texas
Please visit pearlandtx.gov/careers to view and apply for various opening in the Public Works Department.
FIELD EMPLOYEE / WATER OPERATOR Winters, Texas North Runnels Water Supply Corporation (WSC) is accepting applications for a fulltime Field Employee. Applicants must possess a valid TX driver’s license. A class “C” Water Distribution Operator License is preferred. Starting salary $10./hr. Applications may be picked up at 1020 N Main St., Winters, TX or emailed to NRWSC@wtxs. net or faxed to (325) 754-2430. Questions, please call (325)754-5000.
Country: United States Primary Category: Water/Wastewater Salary: $25 - $30 hour Type of Position: Full Time License: Preferred “B” Water – “B” Wastewater Education Requirement: High School/GED Experience Requirement: 5-10 years SUMMARY OF POSITION: The purpose of this position is to safely operate and maintain water and/or wastewater facilities; maintain compliance with permits; regulate process controls; and ensure the proper and consistent operations of the water and/ or wastewater facilities and projects. This is accomplished by overseeing and managing plant operations; planning, scheduling and prioritizing all work performed; and performing or directing employees perform the following duties: performing the collection of samples; completing analysis; adjusting plant flows; monitoring plant conditions; adjusting chemical dosages; monitoring water quality and tank levels; performing routine lab analysis; calibrating and maintaining equipment; maintaining chlorine gas systems; performing meter reader collection for reports; performing data entry to record analysis results; and performing preventative and corrective maintenance. Other responsibilities include supervising employees, completing administrative duties, conducting inventories by ensuring all time sheets and preventative maintenance is done properly and completely; and any other duties as assigned. How to Apply / Contact
FIELD OPERATIONS TEAM LEADER WATER AND WASTEWATER San Marcos, Texas Organization: Crystal Clear S.U.D. Date posted: 1/10/201 City: San Marcos Location: Texas
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APPLICATION PROCEDURE: All applicants, including employees, must submit an application for Employment Form to the Crystal Clear S.U.D. Full job description can be viewed at www. crystalclearsud.org
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2017 WASHER TOURNAMENT
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Everyone is invited to come throw washers and have fun!
Washer Tournament Monday, February 27th @ 7:00 p.m. 2 person teams - $10.00 per person entry Omni Hotel (location to be announced)
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Few things in the waterworks industry have been as innovative as the Mechanical Joint. Times have changed. And so has AMERICAN. Introducing the AMERICAN Flow Control Series 2500 with ALPHATM ends. Now, you can use the same valve for ductile iron, HDPE, PVC, and even cast iron pipe. Unlike MJ, the restraint accessories come attached, leaving only one bolt on each end to tighten. That saves you time and money. The AMERICAN Series 2500 with ALPHATM ends – it’s the only gate valve you’ll ever need. ALMOST AN Y MATERIAL . NO TIME AT ALL .
www.american-usa.com PO Box 2727, Birmingham, AL 35207 • Ph: 1-800-326-8051 • Fx: 1-800-610-3569 EOE/Vets/Disabilites ALPHA™ is a trademark of Romac Industries Inc. (U.S. Patent 8,894,100)
DUCTILE IRON PIPE
From growing cities to already established communities, water infrastructure needs to be designed and managed with high tech solutions, but more importantly, with you in mind. At oei we work with you to develop these solutions while keeping you at the forefront of our business
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