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STLCC Receives EPA Grant for Drinking Water Operator Training

July 12, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $181,638 to St. Louis Community College to conduct drinking water operator training.

“From EPA’s standpoint, it is essential that we groom talented and committed young people into drinking water fields in order to meet the need and shortage of experts in this important industry,” said Karl Brooks, EPA’s Region 7 administrator. “The certification training is essential to successful job placement in the drinking water field.”

STLCC will work with Missouri American Water and Missouri Rural Water Association to provide trainers and facilities. The core curriculum focuses on the skills necessary for entry-level jobs at drinking water facilities.

The training meets requirements set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for drinking water treatment certification. The training focuses on water quality monitoring, green infrastructure, operations, maintenance, mathematics and drinking water regulations.

The EPA oversees the protection of water quality and public health. The responsibility for ensuring safe drinking water is shared by the EPA, states, tribes, water systems and the public.