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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Protecting South Dakota's Tomorrow...Today!
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523 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-3182
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Surface Water

Wastewater Training for Operators

On-Site Assistance for Operators

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (SDDENR), with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, has developed a program to provide on-site technical assistance to wastewater operators. This program targets new operators that need hands on assistance and facilities that are having difficulty meeting their Surface Water Discharge permit requirements.

Specifically, some of the services that this outreach program offers are:

For more information call the Surface Water Quality Program at (605) 773-3351. 

Water and Wastewater Operator Training Courses

The SDDENR currently contracts with the South Dakota Rural Water Association to provide technical training to water and wastewater operators. Courses are offered in the following subjects:

For more information contact South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems at 203 W. Center Street, PO Box 287, Madison, SD 57042. Phone: (605) 556-7219. A training schedule is available.

The SD DENR offers additional training courses in the following areas:

For more information regarding the DENR training courses please contact Rob Kittay with the Drinking Water Program at 605-773-3754.

Water and Wastewater Certification

The Operator Certification Program is intended to protect public health, environmental quality, and water/wastewater systems’ investment in their facilities. A voluntary certification program was started in 1954. The mandatory certification law was passed by the South Dakota State Legislature in 1970. There are certifications in water treatment, water distribution, wastewater treatment, wastewater collection, stabilization ponds, and small water treatment systems. Information on Water and Wastewater Certification is available in South Dakota’s Permitting and Regulatory Guide.  For more information, contact Rob Kittay via e-mail or by calling (605) 773-3754.

A listing of certified water and wastewater operators in your area is available at this link.