On December 27, 2011, the department launched Operation Matters as a communication tool to better stay in touch with the drinking water, wastewater and solid waste operators across the state. This venture was new for the department, and although we had great hopes for the blog, we didn’t realize just how successful it would be. The positive feedback has been overwhelming and has come from many sources, such as operators, city officials, facility managers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff, state regulators and private organizations.
Over the course of the past year, we have had more than 32,000 views, spanning more than 100 countries. We have been able to share information relating to the collection, treatment and distribution of water and wastewater as well as the importance of proper solid waste management. The blog contained information on the certification process, renewal requirements, process control, training events, social media, permit requirements, updates on new rules from the EPA, career opportunities for operators and practice math problems. Kentucky was hit with severe weather this past year, and Operation Matters was able to serve as a means to provide tips for drinking water systems affected by the storms, the availability of grant money available for solid waste cleanup, guidelines for safe disposal of storm debris and information on how to apply for FEMA Disaster Aid.
The articles we post are primarily provided by department staff, particularly the staff of the Certification and Licensing Branch within the Division of Compliance Assistance. We have also been excited to provide articles that we borrowed from other sources, such as SmallWaterSupply.Org and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). There is a vast universe of information available to us, and we look forward to sharing more information with you in 2013.