For Immediate Release
September 9, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Certifies Water and Wastewater Treatment Operators

Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Water today announced that it has certified 51 water treatment operators and 61 wastewater treatment operators from January to August.

Kansas has over 1,100 community and public water supplies that require a certified operator. As a protection to the public, individuals who operate water treatment plants must meet minimum training standards to assure water is properly treated so it’s safe to drink. Conversely, wastewater treatment plant operators must be trained so they can operate wastewater treatment systems in a manner that prevents the release of excessive pollutants.

“Our trained water and wastewater treatment operators are dedicated to protecting Kansas waters, and I commend them for their efforts,” said KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, MD. “These 112 Kansans play a significant role in protecting public health and the environment.”

For the lists of certified operators, see the attached documents.