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Water and Wastewater

Water and wastewater efficiency is one of any community’s most important utility services. These courses are focused on Operators in water and wastewater job roles with courses that include Decentralized Wastewater Systems, Drinking Water Standards, Watershed Overview, Stormwater Runoff Responsibilities, among others.

Course Name Course Description Length
Decentralized Wastewater Systems Decentralized wastewater systems are a significant component of this nations wastewater infrastructure. Although we have been recently relying on conventional centralized wastewater systems, the cities and towns we live in may not require such a wide-spread and costly approach. Decentralized wastewater systems can be an effective option for protecting public health and the environment if properly designed, installed, and managed. This course covers the history, purpose, and efficiencies of decentralized wastewater systems. 1h
Drinking Water Distribution System Management Water is very important in our daily lives – especially clean water for drinking. Like all water resources stored water can provide many advantages if maintained properly. But, it can be quite dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced operator. This one-hour course presents an overview of the operation, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater utilities regarding the various components of a distribution system as well as the required operation and maintenance tasks. 1h
Drinking Water Standards Water is life and water lives. What does this mean for us and water from our taps? Let’s think about the route that water takes. While it is true that a municipal water plant purifies and tightly controls our drinking water, the perilous route to our kitchen sink exposes our drinking water to many threats. This course will cover the standards in place to keep our drinking water safe from those threats. 1h
Sewer System Overview This one-hour course will better inform you about the operation, maintenance, and management of wastewater and sewer systems. 1h
Storage Tank Management Water is very important in our daily lives. When water is not being used from a surface water area, it is taken from a storage tank. Like all water resources, a storage tank can provide many advantages if used properly. But, it can be quite dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced operator. This one-hour course presents an overview of the operation, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater utilities relating to storage tank management, designed for operators such as managers of utilities. 1h
Stormwater Runoff Responsibilities 101 Stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces is now recognized as a leading cause of impairment to our shared water sources. Impervious surfaces are mainly artificial structures such as pavements (roads, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots) that are covered by impenetrable materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick, stone, and rooftops. Studies conducted across North America have shown that detectable degradation of streams, rivers, and reservoirs begins with as little as 10% of a watershed being covered with impervious surfaces. While federal and your state policies drive stormwater management, the ultimate responsibility lies with municipal officials 1h
Stormwater Runoff Responsibilities 201 This 102 course covers the damaging effects of stormwater runoff, mitigating pollution tools, and the EPA Stormwater Calculator tutorial to aid urban planners or municipalities public works employees. This course also covers Low Impact Development, also known as Green Infrastructure to reduce the risk of pollutants reaching our water sources. 1h
Wastewater Utility Operation & Maintenance Water is essential for everyday life – from drinking water to using it for systems to operate. In order for water to be safe for consumers to use, it goes through a variety of systems. Sometimes the systems have their problems both from ‘wear and tear’s or even human error. This one-hour course will help operators, as well as managers of utility services, learn about the maintenance and management of water and wastewater utilities. 1h
Water Agency Security The owners and operators of drinking water and wastewater utilities (e.g., water sector) developed the Features of an Active and Effective Protective Program to assist in preventing, detecting, responding to, and recovering from adverse effects of all hazards, including terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The Features originated as a result of a National Drinking Water Advisory Council workgroup in 2005 and have been updated to reflect the goals and objectives of the Sector Specific Plan for Water published in May 2007. This one-hour course will focus on educating employees on the ten features which describe the basic elements of a protective water program. 1h
Water Distribution Management This one-hour course will focus on effectively maintaining water distribution systems. Water Distribution Management explains the basics, as well as detailed information on different types of system layouts, what a good system consists of, and how to solve common system issues. 1h
Water Quality Standards This course will focus on the Environment Protection agency standards on water quality. We will explore the uses of water and designated waterbodies. We will also explain the Antidegradation requirements as well as general policies to address implementation issues. 1h
Watershed Overview Fresh, clean water is the life source for all humanity. You will gain an understanding of what constitutes a watershed. You will also explore the many benefits of watersheds, what leads to their contamination as well as successful solutions and activities to reverse contaminated watersheds. 1h

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