Fimsey inquired on yesterdays blog about the water treatment course so, here goes! Ill try not to be TOO long and boring, but no promises.
We own a small 16 trailer, mobile home park. For some reason if there are 15 or more residences or 30 + people being served by a waterline, then the property owners must meet certain qualifications to send a sample of the water for testing each month. It makes no sense to us because it is city water, that comes through city pipes to each trailer and then out the faucets.
We get a water sample (go to the spigot and fill a container) and seal it. We mail the sample to an outside lab. The lab does all the testingall we do is fill a container, yet to appease bureaucratic nincompoops, we have to be licensed and qualifiedas though we were managing a water treatment PLANT to collect these samples!
Ironically Ken has a masters in chemical engineering with a focus on water treatment so he didn’t need to do any course work. They determined that he has enough credit hours in this field to qualify him to fill a jar with tap waterproviding he took the test to become certified.
The rules require he have a backup though, and the backup needs to have the equivalent of a college level course in water testing and systems. Basically, in their eyes hes managing a water treatment facility, and obviously a water treatment facility must have more than one qualified operator!
So, Ken needs a backup, and there aren’t many people who want to pay to take college courses and qualifying tests to apply for a job that not only doesn’t pay anything, but requires the worker pay fed-ex and lab fees each month to have samples tested.
So, hi-ho-high-ho, its off to school I go via correspondence course. After fulfilling the course requirements and passing the final exam, Im cleared to take the test to be licensed as some kind of water treatment underling.
Honestly, the course itself is kinda interestingespecially since it gives me more insight into the stuff Ken studied in grad school. It is the principle of the thingthat we should have to test city water, and pay for the lab work when we cant/dont DO anything to the water. And it really seems like overkill that we need to be licensed as water treatment people to put the water in a jar and fed-ex it to a lab. (Something we could easily train the four year old to dobut alas, she could do the procedure, but NOT do the course work to qualify to do the procedure.)
Weve talked with other trailer park owners in town who said they fought and fought to get this silliness simplified, but to no avail. Ah well, Im learning water treatment from A to Z (or from Aliphatic to Zeolite!)