Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-02

Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-02

PROJECT TITLE:  Instruction of a Wastewater Collection-Level 2 Operator Training Course for Tribal Water Operators in Belcourt, North Dakota during the week of April 29-May 3, 2019, or during the week of May 6-10, 2019

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:  February 8, 2019, 5:00 P.M. local time in Arizona

SELECTED VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT DATE:  February 22, 2019

EXPECTED PERIOD OF SERVICES:  Tentatively March 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019

SUMMARY:  The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Tribal Water Systems (TWS) Program is soliciting proposals for the instruction of a Wastewater Collection – Level 2 operator training course for Tribal water utility personnel in or near Belcourt, North Dakota during the week of April 29-May 3, 2019, or during the week of May 6-10, 2019.  The objective of the training course is to empower Tribal water utility personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate and maintain Level 2 wastewater Collection systems (see Request for Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-02).  Click Here for the Request for Proposal (RFP) Click Here for the Bidder Information Form

Requests to be place on the ITCA Water RFP distribution list are accepted at any time by email to twsinfo@itcaonline.com

Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-03

Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-03

PROJECT TITLE:  Instruction of a Water Distribution-Level 1 Operator Training Course for Tribal Water Operators on March 11-15, 2019, in Parker, Arizona

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:  February 11, 2019, 5:00 P.M. local time in Arizona

SELECTED VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT DATE:  February 13, 2019

EXPECTED PERIOD OF SERVICES:  Tentatively February 20, 2019, through January 31, 2020

SUMMARY:  The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) Tribal Water Systems (TWS) Program is soliciting proposals for the instruction of a Water Distribution – Level 1 operator training course for Tribal water utility personnel on March 11-15, 2019, in Parker, Arizona.  The objective of the training course is to empower Tribal water utility personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate and maintain Level 1 drinking water Distribution systems (see Request for Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-03).  Click Here for the Request for Proposal (RFP) Click Here for the Bidder Information Form

Requests to be place on the ITCA Water RFP distribution list are accepted at any time by email to twsinfo@itcaonline.com

2018 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/20/2018

Maria Dadgar,MBA
Executive Director
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
602-258-4822
Brian.Bennon@itcaonline.com

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

National Tribal Water Program Selects 2018 Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year

 

Phoenix, Arizona (September 20, 2018)The National Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., (ITCA) announced Mr. Thomas Ridley, Operations Supervisor for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe located in North Dakota, as the 2018 ITCA Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year. ITCA presents the Operator of the Year recognition award annually to a water/wastewater operator who has demonstrated exemplary work ethic, and community involvement while contributing to the high level of water quality within their water/wastewater systems.

Mr. Ridley began his career as an operator for the Standing Rock Rural Water System and was promoted to Operations Supervisor. In his time as Operations Supervisor, Mr. Ridley has assisted in improvements to the supervisory control and data acquisition control system, continues to work on a project to provide GIS mapping of the water system, and has maintained U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulatory compliance. Mr. Ridley is a certified Class III Water Distribution Specialist.

“Mr. Ridley is a great asset to both the Standing Rock Rural Water System and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” said Mr. Doug Mund, Senior Project Manager with Bartlett & West, Inc. “Mr. Ridley is recognized and respected by his coworkers, Tribal leaders, and his peers in both the North and South Dakota water communities as a leader in the water profession. Mr. Ridley goes above and beyond the assigned duties of his job and is a role model for providing service to others.”

Mr. Ridley was honored at the 2018 ITCA Tribal Operator of the Year Award Ceremony held on August 30, 2018, during the recent National Tribal Operations and Maintenance Summit in Temecula, California. A private award ceremony for Mr. Ridley will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Administration Office in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

ITCA received nominations for the 2018 Tribal Operator of the Year Award for operators working on tribal water/wastewater systems from all across Indian Country. Mr. Ridley was one of nine nominees recognized for professional service and dedication to maintaining safe drinking water and effective wastewater management on behalf of their tribal communities.

The following nine nominees for the 2018 Tribal Operator of the Year were recognized by ITCA at the National Operations and Maintenance Summit.

  •  Ethan Arch, Program Manager
    Eastern Band of Cherokee, Water and Sewer Operations & Maintenance Program,
    Cherokee, North Carolina
  • Veronica Flores, Lab Technician/Operator
    Pueblo of Santa Anna, Pueblo of Santa Ana Utilities Department
    Santa Ana, New Mexico
  • Bruce Fox, Sr., Operations and Maintenance Supervisor
    Three Affiliated Tribes, Forth Berthold Rural Water,
    Mandaree, North Dakota
  • Jerron Henscheid, Director
    Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Utilities, Omaha Tribal Utilities
    Macy, Nebraska
  • Leslie Jodie, Maintenance Technician
    Navajo Nation, Dilcon Community School Inc.
    Winslow, Arizona
  • Kyle Leon, Interim Operations Manager
    Pueblo of Laguna, Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority
    Laguna, New Mexico
  • Margaret McPartland, Operations and Maintenance Lead
    Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Red Hawk Casino Wastewater/Water Treatment Plant,
    Placerville, California
  • Thomas Ridley, Operations Supervisor
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock Rural Water,
    Fort Yates, North Dakota
  • Dustin Voytoski, Wastewater Supervisor
    Ak-Chin Indian Community
    Maricopa, Arizona

“The need for safe and reliable drinking water and effective wastewater management is critical to the health, safety, welfare, economic viability, and self-determination goals of Tribal communities throughout Indian Country,” said Maria Dadgar, Executive Director for the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.  “The ITCA Tribal Water Department works with hundreds of tribal water and wastewater system operators across Indian Country every year that directly protect the public health and environment of their communities.”

“The daily work performed by these public health professionals, who are often on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is admirable.” stated Brian Bennon, ITCA Tribal Water Department Director.  “Our team believes that exceptional operators, who go above and beyond their responsibilities in making outstanding contributions to their communities, should receive recognition for their dedication.”

Over the past 25 years, the ITCA National Tribal Water Certification Program has provided training and USEPA approved drinking water and wastewater operator certifications for tribal personnel working on federal trust land and serving tribal communities.  ITCA is the largest American Indian organization offering USEPA approved operator certification.

For more information about ITCA or the National Tribal Operator Certification Program, please visit our website at www.itcaonline.com, email TWSinfo@itcaonline.com or call (602) 258-4822.

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IMPORTANT: Postponement of Switching to the New ABC 2017 Exams

ITCA has postponed its use of NEW Certification Exams in 2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc (ITCA) National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program must postpone its switch to using the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) new 2017 operator certification exams. 

Until further notice, the ITCA Program will continue using the existing ABC 2012 Standardized operator certification exams for both Paper-Booklet Testing and Computer-Based Testing.

For more information about this postponement, click here: Postponement of Change

If you have any questions, please contact the ITCA Tribal Water Department at (602) 258-4822.
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2019 Calendar of Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Training and Examination Events

COMING SOON!

2019 Calendar of Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Training and Certification Examination Events

The National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Training Calendar is under development and is expected to be available in late January or early February 2019.  Periodic updates with listings of planned trainings and exam events will be posted on this webpage as they are confirmed.

Host Venues Wanted
If you are looking for operator trainings near you, please consider hosting a training/certification examination event in 2019.  If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact the ITCA National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certification Program at (602) 258-4822.

Shown below is the current  list of training and exam events, as well as their associated dates and locations that are proposed to be offered in 2019. Please note:  the information listed here is in draft form and may be subject to change.

Click Here: USEPA Regional Map

 

 

Operator Training/Certification Exam Event Date Location
Computer-Based Testing 2019 year-around nationwide
Paper-Booklet Exam Session January 30, 2019 Coachella, CA
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session January 30, 2019 Tube City, AZ
Region 9
Paper-Booklet Exam Session TBD TBD seeking host venue
Advisory Committee Meeting August, 2019 TDB seeing host venue in Region 10
Tribal Operator Workgroup Meeting August, 2019 TDB seeing host venue in Region 10
Safe Drinking Water Act 101 Training Course March, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Safe Drinking Water Act 202 Training Course May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 6
Tribal Utility Management Training Course July, 2019 TBD seeking host venue
Asset Management & CUPSS Training Course July, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona
Asset Management & CUPSS Training Course September, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 5
Water Utility Worker Safety Training Course TBD TBD seeking host venue
Water Utility Worker Safety Training Course TBD TBD seeking host venue
Small Wastewater Treatment Lagoons Training September, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 6
General Module & Very Small Water Systems February 25-March 1, 2019 Phoenix, Arizona
General Module & Very Small Water Systems August, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 5
Water Distribution – Level 1 March 11-15, 2019 Parker, Arizona
Water Distribution – Level 1 April, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 10
Water Distribution – Level 1 June, 2019 northern Arizona (seeking host venue)
Water Distribution – Level 1 August, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 7
Water Distribution – Level 2 July, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 2 October, 2018 TBD seeking host venue in Region 10
Water Treatment – Level 1 (private course for Alaska Native Communities) February 11-15, 2019 Kotzebue, Alaska
Water Treatment – Level 1 March, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 6
Water Treatment – Level 1 April, 2019 northern Arizona (seeking host venue)
Water Treatment – Level 1 May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 8
Water Treatment – Level 1 June, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 5
Water Treatment – Level 2 June, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Water Treatment – Level 2 August, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 8
Wastewater Collection – Level 1 May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Wastewater Collection – Level 2 April-May 2019 Belcourt, North Dakota
Wastewater Collection – Level 2 September, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 March, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 7
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 May, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 2 June, 2019 TBD seeking host venue in Region 9
Online operator trainings coming soon online
USET 2019 Tribal Utility Summit April 23-25, 2019 Verona, New York

NEW!! Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops

Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops

ITCA is pleased to offer free, Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops that we bring to your location and custom-tailor to your specific water/wastewater utility program.

Attached is a brochure for the Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops. For more information on how to bring this event to your utility, please contact the Tribal Water Department at (602)258-4822.

Click Here: Brochure for Tribal Utility Tune-Up Workshops

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NEW! Tribal Utility Management Certification – Level 1 (TUMC-1)

For Tribal Water and Wastewater Utility Personnel

The purpose of the Tribal Utility Management Certification – Level 1 (TUMC-1) is to create a standardized pathway for Tribal water professionals to advance into and ascend through the field of water and wastewater utility management.  The TUMC-1 is designed specifically for experienced Tribal water/wastewater utility professionals that are newly entering into utility program management.  The TUMC-1 professional certification is a voluntary mechanism that can be used to strengthen one’s career as well as the credibility and integrity of Tribal water utility programs.

Testing for TUMC-1 is available during the current Year-Round Computer-Based Testing, which is available from January 6, 2017 through December 30, 2017, at 200 regional testing centers. Click the link below to register and apply.

Click Here: 2017 Computer-Based Testing Period (Year-Round): Announcement and Registration 

Click Here: Application for Tribal Utility Management

Please contact our office for more information by phone at (602) 258-4822.

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Technical Assistance to Tribal Communities

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Tribal Water System Program is dedicated to providing technical assistance to tribes in order to develop technical, managerial, and financial capacity (TMF), as well as water & wastewater utility sustainability through education, access to resources, training, and technical assistance. The program partners with federal agencies and other organizations to ensure these services are available to Tribal Water Utility operators and managers.

Want to Learn more? CLICK HERE

Local Air Quality News

 

Navajo Nation Witnesses Changing Landscape: Growing Sand Dunes

 

U.S. requires Arizona and New Mexico plant owners to reduce emissions at Four Corners Power Plant on Navajo Nation

 

Revised Air Pollution Plan for an Arizona Coal-Fired Plant Spurs Debate

 

‘Polluted Parks’ Analysis Finds Southwestern National Parks Among Worst in Air Quality

 

Report: Valley’s air quality suffers, drought blamed

 

Valley Fever: What In The Haboob Am I Talking About?

 

American Lung Association State of the Air 2015 – Arizona

 

EPA awards $1.2 million brownfields grants to three Arizona communities

 

Phoenix Ranks 11th on EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities List

National Air Quality News

 

FACT SHEET: White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge

 

The Administration Takes a Big Step in Addressing Climate-Damaging HFCs

 

In Perspective: the Supreme Court’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule Decision

 

EPA: Launching a New Era of State, Tribal, Local and International Partnerships

 

EPA announces availability of $1 million for tribes to upgrade diesel engines

 

Air Quality Publications

Dusty the Asthma Goldfish          Get To Know CO Alarms Comic

Carbon Monoxide Deaths Fact Sheet          Effects of Common Air Pollutants

Basic Radon Facts          Asthma Prevention

Asthma Fact Sheet          10 Steps to Making Your Home Asthma-Friendly

Get Rid of Mold          Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution

Asthma & Allergies          Age Healthier Breathe Easier

What If We Kept Our Cars Parked          What If We Drove Our Most Efficient Car

Healthy Homes Brochure          Healthy Homes Action Card

The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act

Wet Wood is a Waste

Cleaning to Controll Allergies & Asthma

Carbon Monoxide the Invisible Killer

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips

 

Pesticide Safety Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmrkVFk_YxA

Pesticide Safety Part 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53K3IPnUjdU

EPA Office of Air and Radiation Tribal Air

http://www.epa.gov/air/tribal/index.html

EPA Region 9 Tribal Program

http://www.epa.gov/region9/tribal/

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

http://www4.nau.edu/itep/

National Tribal Air Association (NTAA)

http://www.ntaatribalair.org/

Arizona Tribal Solid Waste Listserv

The Tribal Solid Waste Program oversees the Tribal Solid Waste listserv in order to provide tribes with education, outreach, technical assistance and dissemination of solid and hazardous waste information. ITCA invites you to participate in this listserv to coordinate efforts for the betterment of tribal solid and hazardous waste programs.  For more information on the listserv, please see the link below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aztribal_waste/

Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network

http://wsppn.org/

Tribal Pollution Prevention

http://tribalp2.org/

Recycling Location Search Engines

http://www.earth911.com
http://1800recycling.com/

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals – Waste Management

http://www4.nau.edu/itep/waste/tsweap.asp

Keep America Beautiful

http://www.kab.org

America Recycles Day

http://americarecyclesday.org/

Arizona Recycling Coalition

http://arizonarecyclingcoalition.com/

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