Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-04

Request For Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-04

PROJECT TITLE:  Instruction of a Water Treatment-Level 1 Operator Training Course for Tribal Water Operators on April 15-18, 2019, in Flagstaff, Arizona

PROPOSAL DUE DATE:  March 25, 2019, 5:00 P.M. local time in Arizona

SELECTED VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT DATE:  March 29, 2019

EXPECTED PERIOD OF SERVICES:  Tentatively April 3, 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 Treatment – Level 1 operator training course for Tribal water utility personnel on April 15-18, 2019, in Flagstaff, 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 Treatment facilities (see Request for Proposal (RFP) ITCA-TWS 19-04).  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<a

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

The ITCA 2019 National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Training Schedule Calendar is now available.

Click Here: 2019 Training & Certification Calendar

Below is a current list of 2019 training and exam events by category. Locations and dates are subject to change.

Click Here: 2019 Training & Certification Schedule

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 June 14, 2019 Temecula, CA
Region 9
Tribal Operator Summit June 18-20, 2019 Santa Ana Pueblo, NM Region 6
National Operator Workgroup Meeting August 27-29, 2019 Portland, OR
Region 10
Advisory Committee Meeting September 24, 2019 Temecula, CA
Region 9
Safe Drinking Water Act 101 Training Course March 26-29, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
Safe Drinking Water Act 202 Training Course August 6-8, 2019  Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
Asset Management & CUPSS Training May 1-2, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
Asset Management & CUPSS Training September 24-25, 2019 Albuquerque, NM
Region 5
40-Hour OSHA Training June 10-14, 2019 Chandler, AZ
Region 9
Safety Awareness Training July 9-11, 2019 New Town, ND
Region 8
Small Wastewater Treatment Lagoons Training September 4-5, 2019 Acoma, NM
Region 6
Backflow Assembly Tester September 16-20, 2019 Portland, OR
Region 10
Tribal Utility Management Training August 12-16, 2019 Scottsdale, AZ
Region 9
General Module & Very Small Water Systems February 25-March 1, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Region 9
General Module & Very Small Water Systems October 21-25, 2019 Cass Lake, MN
Region 5
Water Distribution – Level 1 March 11-15, 2019 Parker, AZ
Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 1 April 8-12, 2019 Reserve, KS
Region 7
Water Distribution – Level 1 June 17-21, 2019 Flagstaff, AZ
Region 9
Water Distribution – Level 1 July 29-August 2, 2019 Portland, OR
Region 10
Water Distribution – Level 2 July 22-26, 2019 Alpine, CA
Region 9
Water Treatment – Level 1 April 15-18, 2019 Flagstaff, AZ
Region 9
Water Treatment – Level 1 May 13-17 , 2019 Billings, MT
Region 8
Water Treatment – Level 1 August 12-16, 2019 Tahlequah, OK
Region 6
Water Treatment – Level 2 June 3-7, 2019 Hon-dah, AZ
Region 9
Water Treatment – Level 2 August 5-9, 2019 Fort Pierre, SD
Region 8
Wastewater Collection – Level 1 April 2-4, 2019  Shelbyville, MI
Region 5
Wastewater Collection – Level 1 May 21-23, 2019  Laughlin, NV
Region 9
Wastewater Collection – Level 2 April 22-26, 2019 Belcourt, ND
Region 8
Wastewater Collection – Level 2 September 9-13, 2019 Hopland, CA
Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 May 6-10, 2019 Maricopa, AZ
Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 & 2 July 15-19, 2019  Leemore, CA
Region 9
Wastewater Treatment – Level 1 July 29-August 2, 2019  Sloan, IA
Region 7
Wastewater Treatment – Level 2 June 24-28, 2019 Banning, CA
Region 9
Online operator trainings coming soon online
USET 2019 Tribal Utility Summit April 23-25, 2019 Verona, NY

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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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.

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