Career Training in Wastewater
Receive low-cost training and get started on a lifetime career in the water and wastewater industry.
Nearly 50 percent of water and wastewater treatment plant operators across the country are expected to retire over the next 10 years, opening up positions that pay as much as $50,000 per year at entry-level.
Treatment plant operators protect public health and the environment by ensuring that clean water standards are met 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They do essential, recession-proof jobs in every community earning excellent pay, benefits, and opportunities for promotion.
To attract new men and women to the field, Dublin San Ramon Services District and other Bay Area agencies offer hands-on training and classroom instruction for prospective treatment plant operators. These programs can lead to a great entry-level job right after high school. They also provide pathways from other fields and to advance in the water industry.
Bay Area Consortium for Water and Wastewater Education
In Partnership with Solano Community College
The Bay Area Consortium for Water and Wastewater Education (BACWWE) has teamed up with Solano Community College to offer college-level training in water and wastewater operations. The evening courses are taught at treatment plants throughout the Bay Area, including DSRSD’s facility in Pleasanton. In addition to bringing the training to satellite locations, the 22-agency partnership pays for students’ tuition and books and provides working professionals as instructors. Courses offered through the program prepare students to take state certification exams. Students can take additional general education classes at the college to earn an associate of science degree.
ISD’s General Manager Chad Davisson has provided instruction for the BACWWE program. "BACWWE is the most amazing program I’ve been a part of. It’s a great collaborative effort between the partner agencies and Solano Community College, who have come together around this shared goal. It’s really cool to be a part of this and to see these students pursue their interests and gain the skills to be successful!"
BACWWE students have held internship positions, as well as a full-time position at ISD throughout the years.