11/28/23 Email Update

Updates to Water Supply Rule Revisions

The Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division (DWGPD) has made changes to the proposed revisions to Distribution operator requirements. You can read the full changes here.

The most significant change is that operators who have passed a water treatment certification exam before July 1, 2029 can receive a “Legacy Distribution” certification by taking a distribution training class—they do not need to take the distribution certification exam. However, this Legacy Distribution certification is only applicable to a system where an operator has at least 1.5 years of experience. If you start working at a new system, the Legacy Distribution certification will not transfer and you will need to take the distribution certification exam.

If you would like the comment on these changes, send your comments to ben.montross@vermont.gov or catherina.narigon@vermont.gov by 5 pm on Friday, December 1.

State Revolving Fund Applications

State Revolving Funds provide loans and grants for water and wastewater projects. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) provides funding for public water systems. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) provides funding for wastewater systems.

In order to be considered for funding, you must apply for the Priority List. Applications for state fiscal year 2025 are due January 16, 2024. The applications can be found at:

CWSRF Priority List Application
DWSRF Priority List Application

Need help writing better job ads?

We are looking for some volunteers who would be willing to share recent job ads. We will collaborate with Vermont Works for Women to revise the job ads with the goal of appealing to a wider audience of applicants. We will then share before-and-after examples so others can learn how to do this. 

If you are willing to participate, send your job ad to info@vtruralwater.org (Ads for jobs that are currently open as well as positions that have already been filled are welcome.)

As a reminder, our website has a job board at vtruralwater.org/resources/classifieds/ Members of Vermont Rural Water can post job ads for free.

December Trainings

Corrosion Control and Polymers
Tue, Dec 5 —Zoom
3 TCH (Water & Wastewater)
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Troubleshooting Sequencing Batch Reactors (SBRs)
Tue, Dec 12 —Zoom
3 TCH (Wastewater)
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Basic Math for Water and Wastewater Operators
Wed, Dec 13 — Essex
4 TCH (Water & Wastewater)
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