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Water and Wastewater Technology

Water and Wastewater Technology Education Programs

The process of taking water from lakes, streams, reservoirs and even the ocean and converting it into safe and reliable drinking water is complex and requires highly trained individuals. In addition, the process of taking wastewater from homes and businesses and making it safe for discharge to the ocean, reuse for irrigation or purification for drinking water is also highly complex. These processes require Water and Wastewater Operations professionals with specific training and certifications.

The Water and Wastewater Technology Education Programs at Palomar College provide pre-employment training as well as advanced courses in water and wastewater technology for those wishing to become certified for a career as a Water or Wastewater Operator.

The arid climate of Southern California provides for many opportunities for professionals to work at water and wastewater facilities. Some of the most advanced facilities in the world are in Southern California. These facilities include

  • The Carlsbad Desalinization Facility which produces over 50 Million Gallons per Day of drinking water from the ocean.
  • The Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant which can produce 100 Million Gallons per Day or drinking water using membrane filtration and ozone oxidation.
  • The Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System which produces 100 Million Gallons of water to recharge the groundwater basin and ultimately be reused as drinking water from wastewater.
  • The future City of San Diego Pure Water Program which will produce 82 Million Gallons per Day or purified water from wastewater currently discharged to the ocean.

The backbone of all these projects is trained and qualified operators to ensure reliable operation of the facilities and protect public health. None of these projects are possible without certified Water and Wastewater Operators, so for individuals interested in the environment and working to support the basic services of a community, a career in water or wastewater technology may be worth exploring.

Courses prepare students for certification examinations administered by the State of California Department of Drinking Water as well as those administered by professional associations within the water and wastewater industry.

Current instructors are experienced water and wastewater professionals and experts in the industry practices of their field of study. Classes are built around practical examples of real-world scenarios, demonstrations, and field trips to maximize understanding of subject matter.

Operators are trained to understand the physical, chemical and biological process associated with water and wastewater treatment as well as understand the complex mechanical, electrical and instrumentation required to successful operate and monitor the processes. Operators are also trained to respond in emergencies and ensure that proper steps are taken to protect the facilities and public health.

In addition, tap water and wastewater are highly regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other State and local agencies and operators and understanding and complying with these regulations is a key responsibility.

Distribution Qualifications for Exams

Treatment Qualifications for Exams

CAREER PATHWAYS – Careers in Water and Wastewater Technology

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◊  Water Technology Education         ◊  Wastewater Technology Education

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Faculty names, work affiliation, contact information

WTE/WWT 50 Waterworks Mathematics

  • Anthony Eagle Jones
    Rural Community Assistance Corporation

WTE 52 Waterworks Distribution

WWT 52 Treatment Plant Operations
WWT 64 Treatment Process Control

WTE 54 Water Treatment Plant Operation I

WWT 54 Collection Systems Operator

WTE/WWT 56 Instrumentation & Controls

WTE/WWT 58 Backflow Prevention

WTE/WWT 58 Backflow Prevention
WTE/WWT 60 Supervision

WTE/WWT 62 Cross Connection Specialist

WTE 64 Water Quality Monitoring

WTE/WWT 66 Motors/Pumps/Operations& Maintenance

WTE 72 Waterworks Distribution II

WTE 74 Water Treatment Operation II

Career Pathways for Water and Wastewater Technology

Certification Information

Students can become certified at various levels and in different fields depending on the classes taken and their work experience. The links below provide information on certification for water and wastewater operators and other areas of the water/wastewater industry.

 Links to Other Professional Organizations

Links to Palomar Sites