Iowa groups plan a college program for water and wastewater operators
April 20, 2010
A group of industry organizations serving the water and wastewater needs in Iowa has come together to form an ad-hoc committee to develop a college-level curriculum
to train water and wastewater operators for the state's municipal needs. The target is to get a program ready for use as a concentration within an AAS degree through DMACC and possibly through Kirkwood Community College
. The need to train operators to meet the growing number of openings in the field has been the subject of considerable discussion within the industry, particularly as Iowa has more than 950 municipalities, most of which are in need of qualified operators.
Knowing that a shortage of these workers is and will likely continue to be a major challenge for many municipalities, we have helped lots of communities reduce their need for labor by installing products like Gorman-Rupp self-priming lift stations
, which set the gold standard for ease of maintenance and long-term reliability.
last revised April 2010