TITLE: Preliminary Treatment and Primary Treatment Overview

About This Training Event


August 12, 2020 • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.


Virtual (GoToWebinar)

Course Description

This training session will provide an overview of preliminary and primary treatment processes for wastewater treatment facilities. The training will cover the objectives, design criteria, operational considerations, and maintenance activities for screening, grit removal systems, and primary clarification processes. Operators will come away with pros and cons of various screening and grit removal technologies available in today’s market.

Registration Fee



MDNR Course #2001670 approved for 1 CEU credit. Attendees must provide their operator certificate number when registering. To earn the CEU certificate, attendees must answer all quiz questions during the program.

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Ari Copeland

Ari Copeland, PO
Operations Specialist at Black & Veatch

Ari C. Copeland has more than 12 years of experience in water and wastewater plant design, water distribution system operations, permitting, facility assessments and benchmarking, treatmentFA plant startup and commissioning, operator training, process control troubleshooting, conducting pilot studies, standard operating practices (SOPs), and operations and maintenance (O&M) manual preparation.

Formerly a Water Quality Engineer at the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Ari was responsible for answering all water quality and operator questions received by the Association (51,000 membership) in addition to managing large groups of mostly volunteers to write 62 percent of the Association’s Manuals of Practice, which are key resources to the drinking water industry.  Ari has over 2,000 hours of water and distribution operator training experience through the FL Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA). Ari has helped over 100 operators obtain operator licenses, as well as operate treatment plants and distribution systems. Ari possesses a Professional Operator’s designation (Water IV) awarded by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC).

Gary Hunter

Gary L. Hunter, PE, BCEE
Senior Process Engineer

As a specialist assigned to Black & Veatch's Water Technology Group, Mr. Hunter is responsible for process evaluation for both domestic and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. In this role, he is responsible for industrial pretreatment programs, screening, grit, filtration and disinfection process trains of the treatment plant. In this work, he has gained expertise in the design, operation and troubleshooting of wastewater treatment processes. Mr. Hunter serves as an UV process consultant to EPRI conducting for studies and training for water and wastewater facilities across the United States.

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