Since 1940, the Water and Wastewater Training Program has been providing water and wastewater professionals with the required training for obtaining state required licenses in the water utilities industry.
The Water and Wastewater Program consists of training in water, wastewater, on-site sewage facilities, backflow prevention, customer service inspection and terrorism awareness and preparedness for water utilities. The program offers a variety of courses ranging from entry level to advanced level. In addition to traditional face-to-face training, the program also offers several courses online and through correspondence for those operators that may live in a rural area.
State-of-the-art equipment, materials and instructional media ensure that students benefit from the latest technical information and practical experience. The program currently has five “hands-on” mobile trailers that enhance the learning of the participants with real life situations.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) awards credit hours toward licensing for all approved courses.
TEEX Infrastructure and Safety Institute is offering no-cost compliance training on the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) at locations across the country through a $3 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The training is targeting small drinking water systems that serve communities with a population of less than 10,000.
The training and technical assistance sessions have already been offered or scheduled in Arizona, North Carolina, Tennessee, the Virgin Islands, Delaware, Rhode Island, Iowa, Kentucky, Vermont, Michigan, and Ohio The compliance training can be scheduled in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
The goal of the program is to provide training and tools to improve small system operations and management practices, promote sustainability, and help protect public health and the environment. Training is tailored to the specific needs of each small public water system and determined in advance by the host site.
In addition, TEEX has developed a website for distributing information regarding the Safe Drinking Water Act, including an “Ask the Experts” link to subject matter experts about SDWA compliance training. Visit: http://www.teex.org/safewater for course listings.
More than 97 percent of the nation’s 157,000 public water systems serve fewer than 10,000 people, and more than 80 percent of these systems serve fewer than 500 people, according to EPA data.