Employees from both the City of Palm Coast and Flagler Beach developed a new Water Treatment and Plant Operation Training Course to offer educational classes to those interested in the career field. The purpose of the course is to develop newly qualified water treatment plant operators. The program is entirely run by volunteers.

Water treatment plant operation and maintenance is a rapidly growing field. Water Treatment Industry positions remain stable and relatively less affected by changes in the economy than most other industries. Job opportunities are expected to arise as many industry professionals are nearing retirement. Job prospects for entry-level operator positions will be best for those with training in water system treatment and technology with good mechanical skills.

City of Palm Coast employees Peter Roussell, Fred Greiner, Mary Kronenberg, Ryan Bellerive, and Robert Nelson and Flagler Beach employee Ehab Hashem are contributing their time as instructors for classes taking place from July through December 2021.

This course is a traditional formal-style classroom setting from which both beginners to advanced level students will gain industry knowledge. The course is FREE and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the City of Palm Coast Water Treatment Plant #3 - 400 Peavy Grade Palm Coast, FL 32164.

The class syllabus consists of various process control topics associated with drinking water treatment and plant operation such as lime softening, corrosion control, math, scientific principles, laboratory procedures, regulations, membrane treatment, disinfection, etc. There are thirty-eight classes total. Students will learn a wide range of topics preparing them to take the State Certification “Drinking Water Operator” exam.

“By offering this course through in-house instructors, we’re helping to save time and resources by investing in the next generation of water treatment plant operators,” said Peter Roussell, City of Palm Coast’s Utility Systems Manager.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about this program, contact Peter Roussell at 386-986-2374 or proussell@palmcoastgov.com.