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Utility Operators Certification Program
Water Systems Operator Certification Study Manual

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The application deadline is Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 for the New Mexico Water and Wastewater Association's Central Short School-Exam at the Marriot Pyramid Hotel, 5151 San Francisco Road, in Albuquerque, on Friday, September 12th, 2014.

NOTE: Test Dates, Locations and Fees are subject to change.

The NEW MEXICO WATER SYSTEMS OPERATOR CERTIFICATION STUDY MANUAL should be used as a tool to assist Water Systems operators in New Mexico in preparation for taking the New Mexico Distribution Systems Operator, Small Water Systems Operator, and Water Systems Operator certification exams. In New Mexico Water Certification is divided into the following areas:

Bulleted item... Four classes of Water System Operator certification
Bulleted item... Three classes of Distribution Systems Operator certification
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This manual is divided into fifteen chapters. The manual also contains a useful appendix, US EPA's manual “Response Protocol Toolbox: Planning for and Responding to Drinking Water Contamination Threats and Incidents”. Each chapter in the study manual has basic and advanced study questions and sample test questions that are intended help the individual determine the type of information that is covered in an exam. Basic questions will generally cover information in the Small Water Systems exams and the Class 1 and 2 for Water Systems and Distribution Systems exams. Advanced questions will cover information in the Water Systems Class 3 and 4 and Distribution Systems Class 3 exams.


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Complete Study Manual (with US EPA appendix)

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Appendix A:  USEPA Response Protocol Toolbook
- Module 1, Water Utility Planning Guide

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Certified New Mexico Utility Operators can now check their current status for training, certification and renewal records through our online database
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