DPR: Emerging Advanced Water Treatment Operator Certification Programs

by Chris Lundeen, CAE, CWEA Director of Certification

CWEA Director of Certification, Chris Lundeen, sampling the end product at the Orange County Water District’s Advanced Water Purification Facility.

CWEA Director of Certification, Chris Lundeen, sampling the end product at the Orange County Water District’s Advanced Water Purification Facility.

As water scarcity continues to be a critical issue in California, utilities and regulators are looking toward new drinking water supplies and increased potable reuse. Over this past year, CWEA collaborated with California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA), along with other water reuse stakeholders, to develop a framework for training and certification needed for operators of potable reuse advanced water treatment (AWT) plants. It is important that training and certification of future AWT operators be robust, while ensuring that CWEA’s certified wastewater treatment plant operators have viable career paths through this newly emerging field. CWEA’s collaboration resulted in a whitepaper published by CUWA that was submitted to the State Water Board Division of Drinking Water Programs for consideration, as it prepares to review the upcoming Expert Panel recommendations on direct potable reuse (DPR) feasibility.

In a parallel effort, CWEA is working in collaboration with the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA) on the development of a certification program for operators of potable reuse and other AWT systems. CWEA is still working out the exact details of the ongoing partnership with CA-NV AWWA, and, in the meantime, are icons_cweanews_water-recycling_finalmaking sure that CWEA’s wastewater community is front-and-center at the table and playing an active role in the development of this emerging certification program.

If you have experience with AWT and would like to participate in reviewing the knowledge domains that are being developed, contact Chris Lundeen at clundeen@cwea.org.

About the Author

Megan Barillo

Support great stories about water professionals & projects. Join CWEA