Operator Certification 101
Discussion topics will include why the program was created, explain the Federal reporting requirements, and an outline of the nine baseline standards for a certification program. These materials will be provided by Bob Dunlevy, the EPA Region 7 Operator Certification Coordinator. Andy Barienbrock (Ohio EPA) will discuss his state’s program and his duties as a coordinator.
Capacity Development 101
Bob Dunlevy, the EPA Region 7 Capacity Development Coordinator, will provide information on program basics such as why and how the program was created, attendant Federal requirements, and the different components of an effective Capacity Development program. Beth Goldowitz, Wisconsin’s Capacity Development Coordinator, will discuss her state’s program and her duties as a coordinator.
Challenges and Treatment Solutions for Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
WaterOperator.org hosts the best resources on the web for small system operators in one place. Through an easy-to-use search interface, operators can find:
- Operator certificate programs and training events near you
- An online library with thousands of free tools and documents to make your job easier
- Email newsletters with the latest news relevant to small utilities
WaterOperator.org takes pride in being a user-friendly portal for information from across the industry that saves time, answers questions, and provides opportunities for ongoing learning at your own pace. WaterOperator.org is a collaboration between the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and the University of Illinois, through the Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois Water Resources Center, and funded by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
This EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water site provides information about small drinking water systems and program specific likes to capacity development, operator certification, and water security.
The Drinking Water Academy is an EPA initiative designed to expand EPA, State, and Tribal capabilities to implement the SDWA through classroom and web-based training opportunities.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. This link takes you to the AWWA Small System section of the website where you can explore resources and topic specific pages.
The Association of Boards of Certification offers testing and certification programs for water and wastewater operators, laboratory analysts, and backflow prevention assembly testers.
The National Environmental Services Center (NESC), provides technical assistance and information about drinking water, wastewater, environmental training, and solid waste management to communities serving fewer than 10,000 individuals.
The National Rural Water Association is a non-profit federation of state rural water associations that offer a variety of training, technical, and on-site assistance in areas of operation, maintenance, finance, and governance directed toward small drinking water and wastewater systems.
The National Rural Community Assistance Partnership works with local and regional leaders to improve the quality of life in rural America. Nationally, the partnership provides on-site training and technical assistance that promotes, facilitates, and helps communities develop water and waste infrastructure.