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28 Pa. Code § 17.124. Training.

§ 17.124. Training.

 (a)  Educational opportunities shall be provided to the public to increase their knowledge and awareness of the principles of water supply. In addition, training programs for water supply operators and employes shall be promoted to improve the operational level of water systems and reduce the incidence of waterborne illness.

 (b)  Each staff member engaged in the water supply program shall satisfactorily complete a Basic Sanitarian’s Training Course which shall include the following:

   (1)  Water treatment plan design and construction.

   (2)  Aspects of waterborne illness.

   (3)  Sources of water supply.

   (4)  Water quality.

   (5)  Methods of water treatment.

   (6)  Evaluation of water systems.

   (7)  Water chemistry and bacteriology.

   (8)  Fluoridation.

   (9)  Cross connection control.

   (10)  Protection of water supplies.

   (11)  Water distribution.

 (c)  In addition to the initial training for new employes, the following measures should be taken to ensure that the employes will remain current in the water supply program.

   (1)  Water supply staff should attend at least one formal training program once every 3 years.

   (2)  At least one trade journal and one professional journal in the field of water supply and relevant textbooks and reference materials should be readily available and accessible to the staff.

   (3)  Each water supply staff member should participate at least once annually in joint inspections with the member’s supervisor or an appropriate DER staff member.

   (4)  DER will provide for staff training to local health departments to enhance technical knowledge and promote uniformity in carrying out the water supply program.

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