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Water Operator Workshop Series Begins April 7

[Monday, February 27, 2017]


McHenry County College (MCC) will offer two separate training sessions on topics of interest to water operators, featuring "In Like Flint - Get the Lead Out!" on Friday, April 7, and “Breakpoint Chlorination … Do you Really Have a Free Chlorine Residual?” on Friday, April 21. Both workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 113 at the MCC Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane in McHenry.


The presenter, Robert Spon of Spon Water Consulting, LLC, is a chemist and consultant to public water systems, engineers, and state regulatory agencies nationwide. For the past 25 years, he has trained thousands of professionals in water treatment operations, water chemistry, chlorination techniques, corrosion control, iron and manganese control, phosphate treatment, chemical applications and rehabilitation programs.


In Like Flint - Get the Lead Out! Recent lead outbreaks in Flint, Michigan brought an urgent public call for Optimal Corrosion Control Treatment for all water system nationwide, rather than just requiring treatment after exceeding limitations at 10 percent of ‘selected’ water taps. This workshop will cover water treatment phosphates with discussion about phosphate chemicals, including checking for true blue samples. Questions regarding polyphosphates, orthophosphates, blended phosphates, reversion rates, chemical ingredients, dosage rates, jar testing, analysis and residual monitoring, pros and cons, will be answered in this session. Participants will receive ready-to-use formulas and tips to share with other water operators to get a jump start on optimizing a phosphate treatment program. Use course code: UBC U30-001 when registering.

Breakpoint Chlorination … Do you Really Have a Free Chlorine Residual? Combined chloramine residuals often mask themselves as false-positive phantom free chlorine residuals, while using the DPD free chlorine test method. A detailed breakpoint chlorine diagram will be used during this session to help visualize the benefits between using combined or free chlorine disinfection methods. This workshop will address chloramination treatment, disinfection byproduct formation, nitrification, and controlling chlorine taste/odor. Participants will receive guidelines to calculate chlorine demand, optimize chlorine dosage rate, and limit byproduct formation. Learn how to avoid phantom false-positive chlorine analysis, lower chemical dosage rates, and increase your chlorine residuals. Use course code: UBC U28-001 when registering.


Illinois American Water Works Association (AWWA) members should download the following AWWA Opflow articles as reference documents for use before, during, and after training: Washing & Waxing Public Water Systems, Polyphosphate Chemicals: Dosing Rates and Recipes, Phosphate Residuals…Checking for True Blue Samples, and Corrosion Simulation: A Stabilized Approach, Do you Really Have a Free Chlorine residual? Search for Robert Spon at the link for the free Opflow article downloads for AWWA members at:

Cost for each individual workshop is $69 and a box lunch is included. To register, call the MCC Registration Office at (815) 455-8588 or enroll online by accessing, and use the appropriate course code(s) listed above. For more information, and/or to be added to the email list for this workshop series, contact Ruth Kormanak at (815) 479-7879 or



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