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Wastewater Operator Resources

A wastewater operator is defined in the Idaho Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals Act (Idaho Code §54-24) as "any person who operates public wastewater systems, or public wastewater treatment plants or other systems, in order to remove harmful pollutants from domestic and industrial liquid waste so that it is safe to return to the environment, and who holds a current Idaho wastewater system operator license." The law requires wastewater operators to be licensed by the Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals to operate, offer to operate, be in responsible charge of, or to otherwise serve as operating personnel at any public wastewater system.

Interested in Becoming a Licensed Operator in Idaho?

The 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 has entered into an agreement with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL) to review and recommend applications, administer examinations, collect fees, and issue operator licenses.

Wastewater Operator Certification Training

Learn more about upcoming wastewater operator training sponsored by DEQ.

Wastewater Operator Lending Library

DEQ provides a wastewater operator lending library. Materials are loaned for 2 weeks, and borrowers may have up to three items checked out at a given time. Review the library catalogue and lending agreement, then contact our office at (208) 373-0409 for assistance.

IBOL Contact Information

For More Information

To learn more about operator training opportunities, licensing requirements, and fees, and to apply for an operator license, link to these pages on the IBOL website:

Staff Contacts

Senior Water Quality Engineer

DEQ State Office
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706

Wastewater Analyst
Tressa Nicholas
DEQ State Office
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0116

Water Quality Engineering Manager
Valerie Greear
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0550

Water Quality Engineering Manager
Matthew Plaisted
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4622

Water Quality Engineering Manager
Gregory Eager
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650

Water Quality Engineering Manager
Michael Camin
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4370

Drinking Water/Wastewater Manager

Drinking Water/Wastewater Manager
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301

DEQ Guidance

Wastewater Land Application Operators Study and Reference Manual: Provides operators of wastewater reuse systems with the basic understanding needed to operate these systems in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.

Guidance for Reclamation and Reuse of Municipal and Industrial Wastewater: Provides assistance and technical information on permitting and other requirements to operators of wastewater reuse projects throughout the state.

State Rules

Related Pages

Wastewater Collection and Treatment Systems

Wastewater Disposal Options

Wastewater System Classifications

Wastewater System Supervision Requirements