Industry's first water, wastewater operator certification program standards released

Sponsored by


ANKENY, IOWA, Jan. 15, 2014 -- A new document has been released that that introduces the water industry's first comprehensive, uniform standards for water and wastewater operator certification programs.

Published by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC), the Model Standards of Operator Certification address a significant industry need for consistency among the management of state public water and wastewater systems. Although a majority of states recognize the importance of certifying the professionals who manage these systems, each state has different criteria.

These voluntary certification standards will increase the credibility and value of water and wastewater operators' credentials; improve efficiency in hiring by providing employers more certainty in professional qualification of personnel; and promote public confidence in the safety of municipal water and the environment.

"ABC's goal in developing these standards was not to judge the quality of any one program but to enhance the integrity of all programs," said Paul D. Bishop, chief executive officer of ABC. "The worldwide lack of comprehensive and uniform certification standards compounds the infrastructure, workforce and environmental challenges confronting the future of water and wastewater management."

ABC's Model Standards will address this substantial industry challenge and give uniformity to the process of certifying water professionals across the nation and the world. Further, the publication reflects expert consensus from a variety of stakeholders including operators, certification program administrators, regulators, and trainers on specifications for water and wastewater operator certification programs.

"ABC is hopeful that the introduction and adoption of the Model Standards will inspire stakeholders to envision, value and realize a sustainable water future," said Bishop.

About the Association of Boards of Certification

Founded in 1972, the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) is an international association dedicated to advancing the quality and integrity of environmental certification programs. ABC is a member-driven organization leading the water industry through the development of model standards and professionalization of the industry workforce. For more information, visit www.abccert.org.

###

Sponsored by

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Clearing Things Up at Prequannock WTP

In 2010, the city of Newark, N.J., retained Hatch Mott MacDonald to investigate potential solutions to a problem at Pequannock WTP. Decant tanks were providing minimal solids removal as a result of removed tube settlers from deterioration. Inclined plate settlers were identified as a feasible alternative for improving supernatant water quality and were selected for pilot testing.

Be the Change: Embracing New Approaches to Foster Innovation in the Water Industry

The pressure to accommodate change will drive our traditionally risk-averse industry to embrace new and different approaches at an accelerated pace. Further, the demand for a zero-energy footprint will also drive improvements in co-generation efficiencies, energy conservation and recovery methods, and comprehensive resource recovery.

CDC preparing Ebola guidance for wastewater treatment personnel

In a recent conference call with AWWA and other major water organizations, the CDC shared it has prepared and is conducting an expedited internal review of an interim guidance on wastewater worker safety and the inactivation of the Ebola virus by wastewater treatment processes.

New partnership to measure farmers' conservation impacts on U.S. water quality

The U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced a new partnership that will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices on the quality of the nation's waters. 

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA