January 14, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Certifies Water Supply System and Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators

Listing of Operators, Locations Enclosed

TOPEKA, Kan. — Between August and December 2012, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Water certified 47 water supply operators and 52 wastewater treatment operators. KDHE offers operator training prior to the scheduled examinations.

KDHE certifies individuals at the following facility classifications: Kansas Small System Water Operation, Kansas Class I Water Operation, Kansas Class II Water Operation, Kansas Class III & IV Water Operation, Kansas Small System Wastewater Operation, or Kansas Class I - IV Wastewater Operation.

Two lists with the newly certified operators and their place of employment (city, water district, etc.) are enclosed. Water Supply System Operators and Wastewater Treatment Facility Operators are attached as separate Excel documents.  

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

Kansas has more than 1,000 KDHE-permitted public water supply systems and 962 wastewater treatment facilities requiring a certified operator. Individuals who operate water treatment plants must meet minimum training standards to assure water is properly treated so it’s safe to drink. Wastewater treatment plant operators must be trained so they can operate wastewater treatment facilities in a manner that prevents the release of excessive pollutants.

Depending on their level of certification, these operators must attend between five and 10 hours of continued education courses every two years to maintain their certification.