Dale Vanderhoof

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Jim Current Year: 

2019

In 1992, Dale entered the wastewater field as an OIT in McPherson, and 2 years later earned a Class IV wastewater license. While he was there, the facility won numerous awards, including several “KWEA Plant of the Year” awards, EPA Region 7 Biosolids award—and 4th Place in the Nation, and the EPA Best Wastewater Facility in the United States. He also was on KWEA’s Splashings committee, where he became the Editor; and also created the KWEA website, and was its first webmaster.

 

In 2002 Dale became the Wastewater Instructor at Salina Area Tech School—replacing Tim Hobson, who retired. During his more than a decade there, Dale became the Department Head of the Environmental Tech department; he was nominated as “Teacher of the Year” in Kansas Technical Education; he became an approved OSHA Trainer; he created an electronic testing and gradebook web portal for his students; and he taught more than 1,000  students and helped operators in more than 100 systems and plants.

 

Dale decided to continue on his own when his department was one of several to close down during downsizing. He formed WWWATER, and bought out Tim Hobson’s business. He teaches “long term”—16-18 week wastewater and collection systems classes, and also numerous 2-day workshops, as well as customized training.

 

Dale also works with KDHE in conjunction with Fort Scott Community College in providing technical assistance to help communities improve plant operations regarding Nutrient Reduction.

 

In October, 2018 the city of Larned contacted Dale to help their wastewater plant correct major deficiencies, and soon after they talked him into becoming the plant Superintendent.

 

He continues to partner with KMU and KDHE and to be the proprietor of WWWATER; teaching classes and consulting, as well as assisting facilities that need help.