Fees for Water Quality Training Get Final OK

A $75 fee for Washtenaw County’s training course to certify drinking water operators got final approval from the county board of commissioners at its March 20, 2013 meeting. The board had given initial approval at its meeting on March 6, 2013.

Entities with drinking water supplies or places that use certain water treatment processes – like factories or schools – are required by the state to have certified operators. Until the end of 2013, the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) reimbursed local health departments that offered these training courses, paying $75 for each certified operator who attended. Those funds will no longer be provided. The Washtenaw County public health department plans to continue offering the courses, but now needs to charge for this service.

The new fee will take effect on April 1, 2013.

This brief was filed from the boardroom at the county administration building, 220 N. Main in Ann Arbor. A more detailed report will follow: [link]