Category Archives: Educational Tools

Resources to help operators study for examinations and provide additional information on continuing education topics.

Can You Dig It?

In Kentucky, one thing that you will face when digging is differences. The multiple soil types, terrains, elevations and climates make it a challenge. The rocky areas of the state are particularly challenging as well as costly. Sometimes having the … Continue reading

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New EPA Guidelines Make Dealing with PFOA and PFOS a Challenge

Last month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated the drinking water guidelines for PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) and PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid) in response to the rising attention paid to the dangers of these chemicals in drinking water. The agency’s assessment … Continue reading

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Strontium Regulations Changed for Drinking Water

Strontium is an alkaline earth metal that naturally occurs in air, dust, soil, foods and drinking water. It can occur at high levels in bedrock aquifers as an adverse contamination result of milling, coal burning and phosphate fertilizers. An on-going … Continue reading

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Sequencing Batch Reactor Process Gaining Popularity

Sequencing Batch Reactors Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) is a Fill-and-Draw-principled activated sludge (AS) wastewater treatment process. It has been used since the 1920s and has recently begun growing in popularity around the world. This system can be used to treat … Continue reading

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Standards of Professional Conduct and Repercussions from Poor Decision Making

By Kentucky administrative regulation, operators are held to a certain level of professional standards and for good reason. Operators are in charge of protecting and safeguarding the life, health and welfare of the public and environment. Without these standards, humans, … Continue reading

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Using Water and Wastewater Apps on the Job

10 Apps for Water and Wastewater Professionals With a multitude of new technologies and tools coming to the market each year, it can be hard for water industry professionals to decide what they need. But there is one tool that … Continue reading

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Another Look at Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion is described as a collection of processes by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. The process is used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste and/or to produce fuels. Much of the … Continue reading

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Kentucky Certification Programs Fact Sheet

The Division of Compliance Assistance (DCA) has developed a fact sheet addressing Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP)-issued certifications that may be required to perform work throughout the Commonwealth state, including those for asbestos-related activities; gasoline tank trucks; well drillers; … Continue reading

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Securing Your System

Over the last few years, there has been a push for more security at water plants. Some of the measures taken include installing security gates and fencing around the property with the intention of limiting unwanted access to water facilities. … Continue reading

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Process Control Testing

Wastewater operators know they must sample for the parameters (CBOD5, TSS, pH, DP, etc) listed on the KPDES permit at the frequency indicated on the permit. The operators know the limits these analyses must meet. The big question is how … Continue reading

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