City of Wichita Falls Utilities Director Daniel Nix said the partnership with the ISD for a water program was one of his first orders of business when he began at the city in July 2008.

While a Class D is merely an entry-level certification, the piece of paper is a great asset to getting people started in the water profession.

Water certification can open doors of opportunity

Water certifications range from the entry-level D up to Class A.

Wastewater Supervisor Harold Burris explained to the class Tuesday that as a person moves forward through the certification process, they branch off into working with groundwater or surface water. 

Certifications in class C and B focus on either ground or surface water before a candidate receives a Class A certification, which requires a vast knowledge of both systems. 

Nix said the curriculum comes from the Texas Engineering Extension Service and the high-school students receive the same training as a newly hired city water-treatment operator.

In the future, Nix said he would like to work with the Texas section of the American Water Works Association (TAWWA) to see what they can do to help water programs spread across the state.

Read the in-depth article from Claire Kowalick at Times Record News.