How to Get a Job as a Water Operator

We’re hiring! Water and wastewater utilities across California need talented, hard working professionals to help keep our water clean and healthy.

As Emmanuel says – get your drinking water and wastewater certifications completed. They will pay off in the long run with a great career in water and opportunities to earn a promotion. Work hard, study-up and pass the exam. Your future in water looks great!

To get started on your water career pathway all you need is a High School diploma.

Learn how to get into the water profession at

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Career information:
– Emmanuel is an Operations Technician Foreman for Desert Water Agency.

– He served 4 years in the US Marine Corps

– There are two types of professional certification:
1) Drinking water operators – Treatment Certification (T)
2) Drinking water distribution – Distribution Certification (D)

The certification exams are offered by the State Water Board.

To get prepared for the certification exam, SacState offers correspondence courses:


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