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Additional Training Needs In addition to ensuring compliance with certification regulations, a comprehensive training program for wastewater operators will provide other significant benefits for a local government. A well-trained staff is essential for efficient utility O&M. Good training will result in a substantial payback over the years in terms of well-run facilities. Far-sighted local officials will make sure that O&M budgets provide adequate funds for staff to go to the best training available. This may mean sending staff to off-site training events, paying the cost of course registration as well as travel expenses, or having staff attend training programs during working hours and directing other personnel to fill in during that time. Another training option is to contract on-site training customized to the individual wastewater facility. Not all training needed is technical in nature. Training programs relating to management, supervision, and other important skills, such as effective report writing and use of the computer, are also important in developing a more efficient and productive staff. If the staff size is sufficiently large, it may be a good idea to designate a training coordinator. This individual can determine staff training needs and watch for appropriate training opportunities or courses. The training coordinator can schedule employees for off-site training, set up on-site training classes, and monitor the training budget. The coordinator should also evaluate the training programs and determine which ones are most effective in improving staff performance. The individual coordinating training should have some technical experience in water or wastewater treatment. Training Sources Many sources of training are available for operators of wastewater treatment facilities. Training will be available through the following organizations: State environmental training centers State regulatory agencies Operator associations Professional organizations such as the Water Environmental Federation, the American Water Works Association, and the Rural Water Association In addition, a local government may contract training, including on-site programs, using operations and maintenance consultants, consulting engineers, or manufacturer’s representatives. Quality training opportunities are important for staff development. The best training is not necessarily the cheapest. It is up to local officials to work with their staff to ensure that training being considered develops a staff that can provide effective O&M of the water and wastewater facilities. Examples of Training Providers NY Water Environment Association 525 Plum Street, Suite 102 Syracuse, NY 13204 Phone: 315-422-7811 Fax: 315-422-3851 NY Rural Water Association PO Box 487 Claverack, NY 12513 Phone: 518-828-3155 Fax: 518-828-0582 New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission 116 John Street Lowell, MA 01852-1124 Phone: 978-323-7929 or 978-323-7930 Fax: 978-323-7919 New York State Department of Environmental
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  • Spring '14
  • Management, Sewage treatment, wastewater management

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