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Developing Curriculum and Content for DPR Operator Training

Project: 15-05
Type: Communication Tool
Program: Principal
Budget: $100,000 (plus at least 25% in matching funds)

Principal Investigator: Ben Stanford, Hazen & Sawyer


Both regulators and a California direct potable reuse (DPR) expert panel have identified training programs as a critical need to the successful development and implementation of DPR as well as indirect potable reuse (IPR). Because potable reuse treatment systems use treated wastewater, potable operations teams are under greater scrutiny for performance, and must therefore have adequate training and certification processes in place to provide a framework for developing and evaluating the necessary skills for successful operation and management of potable reuse systems. WateReuse projects 13-03 (Critical Control Point Assessment to Quantify Robustness and Reliability of Multiple Treatment Barriers of a DPR Scheme) and 13-13 have applied principles from the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) framework towards the identification of CCPs and the training needs associated with preparing operators to monitor and respond to upsets associated with each process.

Additionally, the California-Nevada section of the American Water Works Association currently has a committee developing an operator certification program for advanced water treatment that could be applied to potable reuse systems. The California Urban Water Agencies (CUWA) is also developing a white paper on potable reuse operator training and certification. Between these projects and efforts, several perspectives on the framework required for DPR training will exist. This project will build upon those frameworks to develop the content needed to train operators in advanced treatment processes such as membrane- and non-membrane based treatment as well as important operations/management aspects of a potable reuse scheme.

Related Research

This project builds on ongoing WateReuse Research Foundation work. The following documents provides additional context for developing proposals.

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