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Additional Free Test Prep Training Resources for Operators

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Below is a list of free test prep training resources to supplement our previous articles: Free Test Prep Training Resources for Operators, Operator Math Part 3: Continuous Education, and Featured Video: Water Exam Success. These resources can help prospective water and wastewater operators prepare for certification exams. 

Operator Licensing Requirements Across the United States

The 125-page report outlines licensing requirements for water and wastewater operators across all 50 states to determine opportunities for and barriers to cross-training. 

Drinking Water C & D Level Certification Review

This 434-page document contains a collection of 22 presentations that will help operators prepare for their C & D level certification exams. Topics discussed include: how to improve your exam score; filtration; water treatment; the Safe Drinking Water Act; Florida drinking water rules; water sources; well requirements for PWSs; storage systems; chlorination and disinfection; disinfection and disinfection byproducts; water treatment plant maintenance; taste, odor, aeration, iron removal, and stabilization; sedimentation; demineralization; coagulation & flocculation; corrosion control; water softening; water transmission & distribution; basic chemistry; laboratory methods; math; and treatment plant safety.

Need-to-Know Criteria Wastewater Treatment Operator Class I 

This 11-page factsheet was developed to assist operators in understanding the content that will be covered in (a previous version of) ABC’s Standardized Wastewater Treatment Operator Class I exam. A methodical and comprehensive international investigation was conducted to determine the most significant job tasks performed by wastewater treatment operators. The content covered on the exam represents the job tasks identified through this research as essential operator competencies and is not limited to the practices of your system/facility. 

Regulatory Resources

Handbook for Water Distribution System Operators

This 39-page handbook contains useful information on approved training courses, related regulations, and associations that assist in training or technical programs.

Drinking Water Training System

This U.S EPA website provides training on the federal requirements of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. 

Chemistry Resources

ABC Formula/Conversion Table for Water Treatment, Distribution and Laboratory Exams

This 4-page document can be used as a study tool to help water operators prepare for certification exams.

ABC Formula/Conversion Table for Wastewater Treatment, Industrial, Collection and Laboratory Exams

This 5-page document lists formula, conversion factors, and abbreviations needed to prepare for the Wastewater Treatment, Industrial, Collection and Laboratory Exams.

Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Chemistry Reference Sheet

This 3-page factsheet includes frequently used formulas and conversions for water treatment and distribution operators.

Math Resources

Absolution Water - Conversions

This 12-minute video offers a tutorial on math conversions noting special tips for finding the correct answer without any mistakes.

Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Math Reference Sheet: Frequently used formulas and conversions

This 15-page factsheet contains frequently used formulas and conversions for water treatment and distribution operators.

 

Most Clicked Links from the Innovations Newsletter

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With growing efforts to enhance water quality and to protect public health, 2021 brought many new innovations to the water sector. From innovative PFAS treatment technologies to enhanced wastewater surveillance to track the spread of COVID-19, the following list highlights the most accessed resources featured in the Innovations for Small Systems newsletter's 2021 archive.

Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar Series
A webinar series hosted by EPA to communicate the latest information on solutions for challenges facing small drinking water systems.

EPA Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Water Sector
EPA published a webpage featuring resources to help water and wastewater utilities implement cybersecurity best practices. This new page contains various cyber resilience resources available from EPA.

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 RNA through the Wastewater Treatment Process
This paper presents data on SARS-CoV-2 RNA concentration and removal rates during the different stages of the activated sludge wastewater treatment process to better understand the fate of the virus at the different stages

EPA Drinking Water Treatability Database (TDB)
The TDB presents an overview of over 120 regulated and unregulated contaminants found in drinking water with current information on treatment processes. EPA updated the TDB on May 19 to include new references and treatment options for PFAS.

Expedited Approval of Alternative Test Procedures for the Analysis of Contaminants Under the Safe Drinking Water Act; Analysis and Sampling Procedures
On May 26, EPA approved 17 alternative testing methods for use in measuring the levels of contaminants in drinking water to determine compliance with national primary drinking water regulations.

EPA Identifies Drinking Water Contaminants for Potential Regulation
EPA announced the Draft Contaminant Candidate List 5 (CCL 5) on July 12 to include 66 individual chemicals,12 microbes, and three chemical groups – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cyanotoxins, and disinfection byproducts (DBPs).

Performance of rapid sand filter – single media to remove microplastics
This paper aims to analyze the effectiveness and mechanism of rapid sand filters (RSF) for the removal of microplastics (MPs) during drinking water treatment and analyze the effect of research variables on the performance of filter media. 

Cyanobacteria Assessment Network Application (CyAN app)
On August 3, EPA launched the CyANWeb Application, which is an easy-to-use web browser-based tool that provides access to cyanobacterial bloom satellite data for over 2,000 of the largest lakes and reservoirs in the United States.

Tap Talk: The Drinking Water in Rural America Podcast
The Private Well Class program has launched a new podcast series, Tap Talk, which highlights the unique challenges which small public water systems and many private well users experience.

18th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop: Small System Challenges and Solutions
This free, annual workshop, which was presented virtually in September, provided in-depth information and training on solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges. This workshop will be virtual again for 2022.

Zapping Untreated Water Gets Rid Of More Waterborne Viruses
Texas A&M University researchers published a paper in September 21, where they highlighted their research validating the effectiveness of Iron Electrocoagulation in the removal of viruses from water.

EPA Awards $6 Million in Funding to Research Human Viruses Found in Wastewater Intended for Reuse
EPA announced on October 27 that five grants have been awarded funding to research on existing and novel alternative methods to detect and monitor viruses that are excreted with feces in wastewater intended for water reuse applications. 

ASDWA Publishes New PFAS MCLs White Paper for States that are Considering or Developing PFAS Drinking Water Standards or Guidelines
ASDWA published a PFAS Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) White Paper on November 5, to serve as a resource for states that are developing or considering developing PFAS drinking water MCL regulatory standards or guidelines.

EPA Announces Over $3 Million in Funding to Small Businesses to Develop Environmental Technologies
EPA announced on December 14 that 30 American small businesses will receive funding to develop novel technologies to address pressing environmental and public health problems such as domestic greywater, microplastics, and lead service lines.

Nutrient Smart Recognition Program
WEF and EPA launched the NutrientSmart (NSmart) program in December to help reduce nutrient loadings in waterways by encouraging the adoption of enhanced nutrient management practices by water utilities and distributing information on tools and methods for lowering nutrients.

Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule
EPA published the fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 5) on December 27 to better understand the national occurrences and levels of 29 PFAS found in the nation's drinking water systems.

Check out past issues of the Innovations newsletter.

Additional Resources for Management of Dissolved Oxygen in Activated Sludge Plants

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Below is a list of free resources on the management of dissolved oxygen in activated sludge plants to supplement our previous article Managing Dissolved Oxygen in Activated Sludge Plants

Troubleshooting Noncompliance at Small Wastewater Treatment Plants

This is a 171-page presentation from the Ohio EPA on Troubleshooting Noncompliance at Small Wastewater Treatment Plants that features information on activated sludge process control.  

Operating Tools and Measurement Techniques for Troubleshooting Activated Sludge Systems

This 29-slide presentation discusses tools that can be used to troubleshoot activated sludge systems. The presentation will introduce some simple tools, talk about some that are a little more advanced, and show operators that this is not the realm of only the laboratory or the engineer.

Activated Sludge Process Control Manual

This is a 106-page Activated Sludge Training Manual that was prepared by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality with information on operating the activated sludge process, including nutrient removal, and troubleshooting. 

Holistic Aeration and Chemical Optimization Saves Big Money from 1 MGD to 600 MGD

This 36-slide presentation outlines automated dissolved oxygen control, which includes reduced operator labor/attention, improved process stability, and energy savings; automated biomass control; and automated chemical feed control for P removal, which includes a 95 percent reduction in chemical usage. 

Troubleshooting Activated Sludge Processes

This 32-slide presentation discusses how to troubleshoot activated sludge processes and covers process types & kinetics, influent monitoring, process monitoring, and control and nitrification.

Convert Activated Sludge to BPR

This 48-slide presentation discusses improving Bio-P performance by getting to know the system, initial assessment, expanding a zone for increased BPR performance, learning D.O. control, and more.

Efficient Nutrient Removal under Low Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations

This 25-slide presentation discusses the City of St. Petersburg Southwest WRF, City of Rochester WWTF, and more. 

Activated Sludge- It’s About Efficiency and Optimization

This 167-page compilation of eight presentations discusses the history and application of activated sludge, aeration systems, secondary clarifier design and operation, aeration efficiency studies, dissolved oxygen control, blower technologies, advancements in control systems for WWTPs, and conversion to MBR.

Doom & Bloom: Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) in Wastewater Treatment

This website from the Environmental Finance Center Network provides an overview of the function of biochemical oxygen demand in wastewater treatment plants. 

A Tale of Two Filaments: BNR System Recovery from a Major Process Upset

This 7-page article discusses the Glendale Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lakeland, Florida that had a power outage that caused the dissolved oxygen concentrations in the aeration basins to drop very low. 

These resources and more can be found in our document library.

COVID-19 in Wastewater Surveillance

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Over the past two years, researchers have turned to wastewater to find out more about the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In September of 2020 the CDC developed the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS) to help monitor and better understand the spread of COVID-19 throughout communities. The NWSS works directly with public health departments to track the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the wastewater of communities across the country. They are able to do this because humans infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus shed the virus in their feces making it detectable within community wastewater systems. The CDC has been able to gather a large amount of data because 80 percent of households in the United States are served by municipal wastewater collection systems. Wastewater surveillance programs have been implemented across the country in places like UtahWashington D.C.MassachusettsConnecticut, and Illinois. Programs have also been implemented internationally

Wastewater surveillance technology has proven to be very beneficial to communities because it is able to detect the virus even before people start showing symptoms. This is helpful because once health departments are aware, communities can immediately take stricter precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. You can stay up to date on the presence of COVID-19 in your community by checking the COVID Data Tracker which provides regularly updated information on the presence of SARS-CoV-2 levels in wastewater at testing sites across the country. 

A Day in the Life of a Water Operator

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While the specific details of each day can differ, the general tasks remain largely the same for water and wastewater operators in the United States. Below is a list of videos showcasing the different daily experiences of water and wastewater operators across the country. 

Whether you share these on social media to help inform the public or use the examples to inspire your own video, telling the story of what you do every day can help inspire future generations of water industry professionals.

The Benefits of Drones in the Water Industry

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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, have slowly made their way into various parts of society, including the water sector. They offer a more accessible and affordable way for water utility managers to survey their systems. They also offer plant managers the ability to collect detailed information about the status of their utility through aerial photos and videos. 

The greatest benefits of drones are that they are highly efficient while still being relatively inexpensive. Drones can be used to collect data ranging from updating processes to designing additions, as well as building changes, maintenance, and demolition. 

Some water companies in France are even using drones to inspect sewer operations. They are also being used in New Zealand as part of a water quality monitoring projectDrones are being used in Ireland to survey problems before they arise and catch unlawful dumping that would eventually become issues for wastewater treatment workers to handle. Drones have proven to be especially helpful in the wastewater industry by increasing worker safety, reducing energy consumption, streamlining planning, improving insight and education, and efficiently collecting samples.

Any current or future users of drones should know that entities utilizing drones are now required to comply with new federal laws enacted as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Despite this hurdle, drones provide a great opportunity to help upgrade and improve an otherwise outdated water industry. Overall, drones can be a great tool to help water utilities of the past move more quickly into the future. 

Free PFAS Resources for Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators

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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, have garnered a great deal of attention over the past decade. In 2016 the U.S. EPA established a health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion for combined PFOA and PFOS. Listed below are a collection of free resources on PFAS contamination in drinking water and wastewater facility and what can be done about it. 

PFAS Factsheet

NACWA, 2019

The is a 4-page factsheet that provides background information on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), their prevalence, human health impacts, and how water and wastewater utilities are impacted by receiving PFAS contamination.

Laboratory Testing Guidelines for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) for Public Drinking Water Supplies

NH Department of Environmental Services, 2020

This is a 6-page factsheet that provides the recommended guidelines for testing for PFAS in water samples collected from private wells or public water systems. 

Mapping Guide for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Source Water Assessments

ASDWA, 2020

The is a 23-page manual that guides utilities in the development of a source water assessment (SWA) to evaluate the susceptibility of drinking water to PFAS contamination through GIS data. The guide includes a description of potential data sources for your assessment.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water; Health Issues

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, 2019

This is a 2-page document that provides an overview of the health issues with PFAS, the Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) level, and what is being done about it.

Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Health

Minnesota Department of Health, 2021

This is a 4-page factsheet that provides an overview of information on Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water, with an emphasis on topics related to Minnesota. 

PFAS Action Plan
Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 2020

This is a 12-page document that outlines the initial steps the DNR will be taking to determine the extent of PFAS contamination in the state of Iowa. 

2021 DW Workshop Session 2b – Source and Treatment I: Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

U.S. EPA, 2021

This is a 2-hour recording is from the 18th Annual EPA Drinking Water Workshop that provides in-depth information and training on solutions and strategies for handling small drinking water system challenges with a focus on monitoring, distribution, source, and treatment topics related to PFAS. 

2019 State of the Water Industry Report

AWWA, 2019

This is a 51-page full report from the American Water Works Association on the 2019 State of the Water Industry details optimism in the industry and pressing issues that water systems across North America are concerned about. 

A Clean Water Utility's Guide to Considering Source Identification, Pretreatment, and Sampling Protocols for PFAS
NACWA, 2019
The is a 12-page guide from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies that outlines source identification and pretreatment considerations for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in wastewater. The guide includes sampling plans and protocols to reference while the EPA continues to evaluate PFAS.

Communicating with Industry on PFAS Contamination
ASDWA, 2020
This 4-page factsheet describes the toxicology of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) chemicals and their history in industrial manufacturing.

PFAS – Background and Updates for the Water Industry
Robinson & Cole LLP, 2018
This is a 31-slide presentation, presented during CWWA's 2019 Fall Conference, which provides introductory information on what PFAS is, sources of PFAS, the health effects due to PFAS exposure, the challenges laboratories face with PFAS analysis, and currently used methods to remove PFAS.

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar: Treating Contaminants of Emerging Concern
U.S. EPA, 2019 
This is a webinar on treatment technologies for three contaminants of emerging concern (CECs)- PFAS, cyanotoxins, and perchlorate- with an emphasis on determining cost-effective solutions for small systems. 

Proactive Treatment Solutions for PFAS Groundwater Contamination
Jacobs, 2019
This is a 27- slide presentation from May 2019 that explains PFAS chemicals are, where they are found, their health concerns, current regulations, and sampling and detection methods. 

Free Compliance Resources for the Revised Total Coliform Rule

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Our 2020 free webinar series highlighted compliance-related resources on a number of topics. This recording contains information and free resources on the Revised Total Coliform Rule. Listed below are all the resources mentioned in the video.

Revised Total Coliform Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

This is a 3-page reference guide that provides an overview of the Revised Total Coliform Rule.

Total Coliform Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

This is a 2-page reference guide that provides an overview of the Total Coliform Rule. 

Coliform Bacteria and Drinking Water

This is a 2-page question and answer document from the Washington State Department of Health about coliform bacteria in drinking water. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Placards

This is a collection of six e-fillable placards on the requirements of the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Repeat Monitoring Requirements For Small Systems

This is a reference guide for repeat monitoring that can be used to identify if there were any violations and what actions to take.

Vermont DEC Pocket Sampling Guide to RTCR

This is a small pocket guide with information on complying with the RTCR sampling requirements. 

Flowchart for Triggered Source Water Monitoring

This is a flowchart developed by the New Jersey DEP for public water systems on quarterly and monthly schedules. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule: Routine Positive Sample Flowchart (For Community Water Supplies)

This is a routine positive sample flowchart from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on what to do when a system triggers a TC+ routine sample. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Sample Siting Plan with Template Manual

This is an 11-page manual that provides information on how to choose proper sampling locations and instructions on completing the template while complying with the RTCR.

Guidance for Developing a Coliform Sample Siting Plan

This is a 14-page guidance document from the New Jersey DEP that expands on each component of the siting plan. 

RTCR Sample Plan Checklist for Water Systems

This is a 1-page checklist that can be used to ensure a successful sample plan. 

Revised Total Coliform (RTCR): Bacteriological Sample Siting Plan (SSP) Tutorial

This is a 12-minute training video that provides concise details on the steps to complete a plan.

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Sampling Plan: Form Training
This is a 12-minute video from the Vermont DEC providing instructions on completing a plan.

AWWA Coliform Sampling Video
This is a 3-minute video on how to properly collect water samples.

Coliform Sampling Best Practices

This is a 6-minute video on proper sample collection techniques and tips to reduce false-positive results.

Revised Total Coliform Assessment Factsheet

This is a 2-page factsheet providing the guidelines for when a Level 1 or 2 assessment is triggered.

Revised Total Coliform Rule Assessment and Compliance Training

This 137-page manual was designed by the Pennsylvania DEP to train individuals to perform a Level 1 assessment and explain the process of completing a Level 2 assessment if necessary.

Revised Total Coliform Rule Assessments and Corrective Actions Guidance Manual

This is a 164-page manual that covers assessment and corrective action requirements under the RTCR.

Level 1 Site Assessment Under RTCR
This video covers the steps for completing an assessment while providing additional tips and advice about the process. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule Level 2 Assessment Training

This is a 90-page training manual designed to prepare individuals to perform the Level 2 assessment that includes a template for the assessment and a checklist to prepare an assessment.

Public Notification Instructions and Templates for the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)

This is a 38-page document that includes instructions as well as templates for reporting RTCR violations.

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Level 1 Assessments and Start-up Procedures - Iowa DNR

This is a 4-minute video walking through the start-up procedures checklist and level 1 assessment form.

Seasonal Public Water System Startup Instruction

This is a 22-minute video providing instructions to complete the start-up checklist and certification form.

The Revised Total Coliform Rule A Guide for Small Public Water Systems

This is a 98-page guidance manual for systems serving less than 1,000 customers on how to comply with the RTCR. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule for Drinking Water

This is a series of 6 online presentations designed to help systems learn more about the RTCR requirements.

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)

This is a 110-slide presentation from the Vermont DEC that provides a comprehensive background of the RTCR. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule(RTCR) Frequently Asked Questions

This is a 6-page list of frequently asked questions developed by the New Jersey DEP about the RTCR. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule – Chapter 3 Question Index

This is a 21-page list of questions and answers from chapter 3 of the Illinois EPA from Sample Collector’s Handbook. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)

This is an ASDWA webpage that allows states to share plans and materials for RTCR implementation.

 

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Free Compliance Resources for Monitoring & Reporting

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Our 2020 free webinar series highlighted compliance-related resources on a number of topics. This recording contains information and free resources on monitoring and reporting. Listed below are all the resources mentioned in the video.

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations

This 7-page factsheet from the U.S. EPA includes information on 87 regulated contaminants, maximum contaminants levels, potential health effects, contaminant sources, and treatment technique requirements. 

Drinking Water Dashboard

This website contains information on the number of public drinking water site visits, violations, serious violators, enforcement actions, and returns to compliance. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule

This is a 3-page quick reference guide from the U.S. EPA on the public health benefits, requirements, provisions, and assessments associated with the revised total coliform rule. 

Vermont DEC Pocket Sampling Guide to RTCR

This is a small pocket guide with information on complying with the RTCR sampling requirements. 

EPA RTCR Placards

This document includes 6 fillable place cards related to RTCR monitoring requirements designed for systems serving 1,000 or less people. 

Repeat Monitoring Requirements For Small Systems

This is a reference guide developed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Monitoring on monitoring requirements for public water systems servings less than 1,000 people. 

Flowchart for Triggered Source Water Monitoring 

This is a flowchart developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for water systems on quarterly and monthly schedules. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule: Routine Positive Sample Flowchart (For Community Water Supplies) 

This is a flowchart from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on what to do when a system triggers a routine sample. 

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) Sample Siting Plan with Template Manual

This is a sample siting plan template from the U.S. EPA designed for primacy agencies to give to public water systems serving less than 1,000.

Public Notification Instructions and Templates for the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)

This is a 38-page document from the U.S. EPA that includes instructions as well as templates for reporting RTCR violations.

Ground Water Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

This is a 2-page reference guide with information on the groundwater rule. 

Ground Water Rule Compliance Help for Water System Owners and Operators
This is a U.S. EPA website with information and resources for complying with requirements of the Ground Water Rule.

Ground Water Rule Factsheet: Monitoring Requirements

This is a 6-page factsheet from the U.S. EPA with information on monitoring requirements for the Ground Water Rule. 

Ground Water Rule (GWR) Monitoring Requirements

This is a placard developed by the U.S. EPA with information on consecutive systems with their own source conducting triggered source water monitoring. 

Ground Water Rule Factsheet: Public Notification, Consumer Confidence Report, and Special Notice Requirements for Community Water Systems

This is a factsheet from the U.S. EPA with information on public notification requirements and consumer confidence report requirements. 

The Standardized Monitoring Framework: A Quick Reference Guide

This is a quick reference guide developed by the U.S. EPA with information on the standard monitoring framework for chemical contaminants. 

Nitrate Monitoring Requirements

This is a printable poster by the U.S. EPA Printable poster designed to help operators know who to contact and what to do based on their nitrate sampling results.

12 Steps to Arsenic Compliance

This is a 1-page factsheet from the U.S. EPA with steps that public water systems should take to achieve arsenic compliance. 

Complying With the Revised Drinking Water Standard for Arsenic: Small Entity Compliance Guide

This is a 58-page guidance manual from the U.S. EPA on arsenic compliance for smaller systems that includes information on monitoring requirements, compliance determination, reporting and notification requirements, and arsenic monitoring worksheets. 

Chemical Phase II/V Rules

This 19 slide presentation from the U.S. EPA features information on key requirements, maintaining compliance, best sampling practices, and resources related to chemical phase II/V rules. 

Chemical Contaminant Notification Forms

This webpage for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality offers numerous public notice templates on topics like chemical violations, boil order notices, and microbial violations. 

Arsenic in Your Drinking Water

This is a 2-page factsheet from the U.S. EPA on arsenic contamination in drinking water. 

Talking to Customers About Chronic Contaminants in Drinking Water 

This factsheet from the U.S. EPA was designed to help public water systems understand the importance of communicating and educating consumers about the contaminants in their water.

A-Z Index of Contaminants in Water
This webpage from the Minnesota  Department of Health features an alphabetized list of information on numerous contaminants found in drinking water. 

Chemical Contaminants in Water
This is a webpage from the Oregon Health Authority with a list of bulletins with information on the potential health effects of drinking water containing these chemicals.

Comprehensive Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rules (Stage 1 and Stage 2): Quick Reference Guide

This reference guide from the U.S. EPA has information about stage 1 and stage 2 of the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule. 

Public Notification Templates for Community and Non-transient Non-community Water Systems
This website has numerous templates to assist primacy agencies with implementing the Public Notification Rule.

Initial Distribution System Evaluation Guidance Manual

This is a 434-page manual from the U.S. EPA that covers the various components of an IDSE and provides guidance on how to conduct standard monitoring. 

Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (Stage 2 DBPR) Compliance Monitoring Plan Template for Public Water Supply Systems

This is an 11-page template that provides instructions on what information should be included in the plan, stage 2 DBPR requirements on selecting the most appropriate sites for sampling, and developing a sketch of the distribution system.

NC DEQ Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Monitoring Chart

This chart lists monitoring requirements for DBPs for water systems on routine monitoring, reduced monitoring, and increased monitoring. 

Sample Collector's Handbook Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule

This 21-page handbook from IL EPA was designed to assist public water systems in complying with the sampling portion of the Stage 2 DBPR.

Understanding the Lead and Copper Rule

This is a 2-page document from the U.S. EPA that gives an overview of the Lead and Copper Rule. 

Lead and Copper Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

This 2-page reference guide from the U.S. EPA provides an overview of information on the Lead and Copper Rule. 

Lead and Copper Rule Monitoring and Reporting Guidance for Public Water Systems

This is a 124- page manual from the U.S. EPA on various monitoring and reporting requirements under the Lead and Copper Rule.

Lead and Copper Rule

This webpage from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy lists a variety of videos and templates on Lead and Copper Rule compliance. 

Lead and Copper Rule

This webpage from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality provides visual depictions to better understand Lead and Copper Rule compliance steps. 

Lead and Copper Rule: Public Education and Consumer Notification Requirements for Non-Transient non-Community Water Systems (NTNCWS) 

This is a 4- page factsheet from the U.S. EPA that provides a guidance manual for NTNCWS. 

Implementing the Lead Public Education Provisions of the Lead and Copper Rule: A Guide for Community Water Systems

This is a 114- page guide on public education resources on the Lead and Copper Rule for community water systems. 

Consumer Confidence Report Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

This is a 2-page reference guide from the U.S. EPA that gives an overview of the Consumer Confidence Report Rule. 

Best Practices Factsheet: Consumer Confidence Report 

This is a 16-page guide on best practices for developing an effective Consumer Confidence Report.

Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Basics

This is a 26-minute webinar from the Michigan EGLE on the components of a CCR, the language that should be used, and tips on writing an effective report.

Revised Public Notification Handbook

This is a 180-page guidance document from the U.S. EPA with instructions on how to develop public notification.

The Public Notification Rule: A Quick Reference Guide

This is a 4-page reference guide from the U.S. EPA that provides an overview of the Public Notification Rule. 

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Our staff at WaterOperator.org work hard to make sure operators can easily find all potential training opportunities for their water or wastewater operator certification using our national training calendar. This calendar currently links to over 11,000 events each year, all of which are pre-approved for operator continuing education credits and many which are free. Whether it’s a training hosted by your primacy agency, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, a subsection of the American Water Works Association, or another local training provider, we strive to list them all.

Given the increased demand for virtual training opportunities, we’ve recently created a tutorial to help you optimize your search for live, online training. We hope that this video will help you to more easily meet the training requirements under your certification.

Please note, that these opportunities all have a time and date associated with their registration. We do not list on-demand training in our calendar. If you require assistance searching for pre-approved, on-demand training opportunities, please email us at info@wateroperator.org.