The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Water announced that it has certified 25 water treatment operators and 18 wastewater treatment operators from September to December. Receiving wastewater treatment plant certification was Drew Eagleburger from the City of Norton, Kent Footh and Randie Peterson-Shea from the City of Phillipsburg. Footh was also certified as a water plant operator. Kansas has over 1,100 community and public water supplies that require a certified operator. As a protection to the public, individuals who operate water treatment plants must meet minimum training standards to assure water is properly treated so it’s safe to drink. Conversely, wastewater treatment plant operators must be trained so they can operate wastewater treatment systems in a manner that prevents the release of excessive pollutants.