|Contracting for Certified Operators|
The Board of Operator Certification has passed regulations that will allow for water and wastewater systems to achieve compliance with the Certification Law by contracting with an operator that is not a direct employee of the system. The Board must approve all contracts that are intended to achieve compliance for certification. The Board must have an actual copy of your contract for the approval. The contract must address seven areas as described on the attached sheet.
The premise of a contract operator is that he must be in direct charge of your water/wastewater system; however, he can have other people work under his supervision. He does not necessarily have to perform every day-to-day operating task including sampling. One of the key areas to be examined by the Board for its approval is the number of on-site visits per week to the water/wastewater system and the duration of these. Please note that this is NOT a contract to sample a water/wastewater system—It is a contract to run and be in direct responsible charge of all matters pertaining to the system.
The Board usually meets twice per year during September and March. Contracts must be submitted to the Board's Secretary at least 30 days before a Board meeting. The Secretary will put your contract approval on the agenda and send a confirmation notice to the contracting parties. You are entitled to appear before the Board if you so desire.
SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF OPERATOR CERTIFICATION
Your contract for the operation of your water/wastewater system must contain information covering seven different areas as described below:
Section 1-Parties Involved The following are required:
Section 2-Description of the System A brief description of your water and/or wastewater system is needed. Indicate the number of service connections, the type of treatment present, your water source, etc.
Section 3-Purpose of the Contract The reason why the contract is needed such as to fulfill a lacking certification.
Section 4-Duties of the Contract Operator
A list of possible duties for a water operator is as follows:
A list of possible of duties for a wastewater operator is as follows:
The job duties section should also include a statement such as “Contractor will be in direct responsible charge of all operations and maintenance of the water/wastewater system”.
Section 5-Payment Amount
Section 6-Dates The start and end date for the contract are needed. The Board will not approve any contracts lasting more than five years.
Section 7-Signatures of all Parties Involved