July 2, 2015
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Central District hosted workshops for drinking water and wastewater utility operators, providing current information on issues and regulatory updates as well as promoting compliance and strengthening relationships between the department and industry personnel.
“Providing this type of education to our regulated community is a win-win situation for all involved,” said Central District Director Jeff Prather. “Not only do these workshops enable the department to provide helpful training to our regulated community, environmental protection is enhanced through increased compliance rates that are a result of the workshop.”
The drinking water portion of the workshop included topics such as the Revised Total Coliform Rule, permitting and complying with the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule. The wastewater session covered topics such as sanitary sewer overflows, discharge monitoring reports, Ez-DMR (a web-based alternate to paper reporting) and permitting. Both workshops included information about StormTracker, a useful online tool for facilities to communicate with the department during storm events.
The district office routinely hosts operator workshops for both drinking water and wastewater utility operators. The 50 attendees who participated in the free workshops received continuing education credits. The benefits also extend to the department by helping increase compliance rates, by opening lines of communication with operators, and by inspectors getting to know facility personnel.