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Drinking Water Operator Resources

A drinking water responsible charge operator is defined in the Idaho Rules for Public Drinking Water Systems (IDAPA 58.01.08) as “An operator of a public drinking water system, designated by the system owner, who holds a valid license at a class equal to or greater than the drinking water system classification, who is in responsible charge of the public drinking water system.” Owners of all surface water systems and all community and nontransient noncommunity public drinking water systems must place the direct supervision of their drinking water system, including each treatment facility and distribution system, under the responsible charge of a properly licensed operator.

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Interested in Becoming a Licensed Operator in Idaho?

The Idaho Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals oversees licensing of operators in Idaho. The board establishes requirements for operator licenses, determines education and continuing education requirements, sets fees, evaluates applications, and determines whether licenses should be issued. The board entered into an agreement with the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses (DOPL) to review and recommend applications, administer examinations, collect fees, and issue operator licenses.

DOPL Contact Information

If you are a licensed wastewater or drinking water system operator who is interested in providing professional services to other wastewater or drinking water systems and you authorize DEQ to disclose your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone information to the public for this purpose, please register here.

If you are an owner or administrative contact of a drinking water or wastewater system who is interested in hiring professional drinking water of wastewater services, please search here.

To learn more about operator training opportunities, licensing requirements, and fees, and to apply for an operator license, link to these pages on the Division of Occupational & Professional Licenses website.

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