Licensed Operator/Applicator Recertification Training

6.0 NYS DOH Contact Hours for Water Treatment Plant Operators
4.5 NYS DEC Contact Hours for Waste Water Treatment Plant Operators
2.25 NYS DEC Pesticide Recertification Credits Category 5A-Aquatics

Note: this course offers multi-licensed operators/applicators within any or all of these disciplines credit towards recertification for each license held!!!


Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs
232 Broadway,
Saratoga Springs,
New York
(518) 584-4550

Date & Time
Monday October 26, 2015
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

(Registration 7:45 AM – 8:30 AM)

Licensed Operator/Applicator Recertification Training Details:
Where: Holiday Inn – Saratoga Springs, NY
Date: Mon Oct 26,2015 -Mon Oct 26,2015
Event description:

Topics of Discussion


  • Its properties, natural contaminants and problem characteristics
  • Make it taste better: treating to remove iron, sulfur, hardness, particulates & other contaminants
  • The selection, theory & use of NSF approved corrosion inhibitors, iron sequestriants & chemical softening agents Laboratory
  • Basic laboratory technique: how to achieve valid and repeatable results
  • Testing for Heterotrophic Bacteria, Total and Fecal Coliforms – a review of their significance and applications
  • Is this thing working? Getting your DPD test, pH meter, turbidimeter, etc. to function as expected
  • Interpreting your laboratory reports: what do the results mean? Do I have a violation?
  • Sampling techniques for potable and non-potable waters: coliforms, nitrates, VOCs, BODs, TSS, compositing, etc.


  • Chlorine: its chemistry, application, limitations and how its properties may affect your water supply
  • Alternatives to chlorine: can ultraviolet light or ozone disinfection work for you? Miscellaneous
  • Microbiology basics: bacteria, algae, fungi & protozoa. How quick can they grow? What’s a biofilm anyway?
  • Calculating the system volumes or irregularly shaped areas to determine appropriate copper sulfate feed rates
  • Current regulations: an-In-depth review, updates and how they affect your systems
  • Water treatment, chemical handling & safety: A thorough review of systems, chemical use and the safe operations
  • The history & advent of potable water regulations-a basic review.
  • Who do you turn to you for help with routine or daily activities as well as those pesky emergencies (when they come up).
  • Water treatment philosophies and techniques -how to develop your own SOPs. Don’t forget your SCADA system!
  • Equipment maintenance and chemical storage-what should you be doing to minimize downtime and maximize equipment life

This class is presented by:

Keith A. Avellino, President, CNA Technologies, Inc. With thirty years of experience working within the industrial water treatment industry while simultaneously serving as the Technical Director for a NYS Department of Health approved Environmental Laboratory specializing in analytical chemistry and microbiology, Keith has developed specialized skills and knowledge that he will share with you during this presentation.

Don Coalts III, Principal, DCK Services LLC. Licensed Water Operator in several states. With over 45 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment operations, systems operations and maintenance as well as project management. This experience covers multiple types of water/wastewater treatment techniques, as well as developing various programs for the safe and efficient operations of complete systems. Don has experienced the water and wastewater field from the bottom to the top. Aquatic Plant

John Bennett, NYS DEC PCS II will present information on controlling aquatic vegetation with copper sulfate, The SPDES Pesticide General Permit Process- Federal Sixth Circuit Court Ruling, The Part 327 regulations (pesticide use to control aquatic vegetation); certain permit exemptions for water supply agencies and a review of aquatic herbicide labels including water use restrictions and treatment dosage calculations

Contact Keith Avellino for details on these events at (518) 581-0033 or