On Support for Wastewater Operators

By Cordell W. Samuels 

June 5, 2013 

 

Now more than ever it’s a great time to be a wastewater operator-- a true hero on the front lines of public health protection. Timing is great because resources and support for the essential work operators do is expanding continually at WEF and improving around the country as I blog.


One big example is the National Guidelines for Wastewater Systems Operator Apprenticeship, adopted late last year by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Click here for the WEF Highlights article for more information.) These important national guidelines for wastewater systems operators establish a clear point of entry into the profession, something that will elevate the profile of this vital occupation. Other results from the national guidelines could include more consistent training and education, and expanded opportunity for reciprocity, where operators who are certified by federal standards in one state could just as easily work in another. The guidelines have been shared with state DOL offices. Pennsylvania WEA has already taken steps to work with the City of Reading and the local DOL to implement the guidelines.


The Wastewater Collection and Treatment Operations Resources Center on the WEF website is also extremely helpful for wastewater operators and others interested in the profession. There you’ll find information for certification, continuing education, and training, plus technical resources and multiple opportunities to connect with peers.


Speaking of connecting with peers, there will be plenty of networking at Collection Systems 2013: Gold Nuggets of Knowledge underway in Sacramento, CA June 9 – 12. Professionals from throughout the collection systems industry attend to learn about improving organization effectiveness as it relates to combined and separate sanitary sewer collection systems. WEF’s Collection Systems Committee is hosting an open technical discussion forum on Tuesday afternoon during the conference to share experiences and lessons learned on topics such as “dealing with flushable wipes”, “keeping FOG out of sewers”, and integrated planning.


As a long-time member and supporter of the wastewater collection systems industry, I am delighted to see such action in this area. Keep an eye out for more related information and innovations in wastewater operations!

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On Support for Wastewater Operators

By Cordell W. Samuels 

June 5, 2013 

 

Now more than ever it’s a great time to be a wastewater operator-- a true hero on the front lines of public health protection. Timing is great because resources and support for the essential work operators do is expanding continually at WEF and improving around the country as I blog.


One big example is the National Guidelines for Wastewater Systems Operator Apprenticeship, adopted late last year by the U.S. Department of Labor. (Click here for the WEF Highlights article for more information.) These important national guidelines for wastewater systems operators establish a clear point of entry into the profession, something that will elevate the profile of this vital occupation. Other results from the national guidelines could include more consistent training and education, and expanded opportunity for reciprocity, where operators who are certified by federal standards in one state could just as easily work in another. The guidelines have been shared with state DOL offices. Pennsylvania WEA has already taken steps to work with the City of Reading and the local DOL to implement the guidelines.


The Wastewater Collection and Treatment Operations Resources Center on the WEF website is also extremely helpful for wastewater operators and others interested in the profession. There you’ll find information for certification, continuing education, and training, plus technical resources and multiple opportunities to connect with peers.


Speaking of connecting with peers, there will be plenty of networking at Collection Systems 2013: Gold Nuggets of Knowledge underway in Sacramento, CA June 9 – 12. Professionals from throughout the collection systems industry attend to learn about improving organization effectiveness as it relates to combined and separate sanitary sewer collection systems. WEF’s Collection Systems Committee is hosting an open technical discussion forum on Tuesday afternoon during the conference to share experiences and lessons learned on topics such as “dealing with flushable wipes”, “keeping FOG out of sewers”, and integrated planning.


As a long-time member and supporter of the wastewater collection systems industry, I am delighted to see such action in this area. Keep an eye out for more related information and innovations in wastewater operations!

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Cordell W. Samuels is the 2012-2013 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). He is the Plant Superintendent for the Duffin Creek WPCP in the Regional Municipality of Durham in Ontario, Canada. In that capacity, he manages one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Ontario. Prior to his current position, Cordell worked in the City of Toronto for 22 years. Cordell has been a WEF member since 1994 and served on the Federation’s House of Delegates and several WEF committees. He has been an active member of both the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), serving as President of the Water Environment Association of Ontario in 2005.

 


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