Training opportunities, recognition, and resources for water systems

Free training opportunities provided by us

  • Monitoring and Operating for Regulatory Compliance
    • 4-hour course, up to 0.4 training units awarded.
    • Meets mandatory regulatory training (MRT) requirements for certified operators.
    • Scheduled classroom or webinar delivery with live instructor.
    • Register by selecting your date
  • Sanitary Survey Preparation
  • Customized coaching and assistance
    • Free one-on-one coaching at your facility to meet your specific needs. 
    • Training units are available, depending on time spent with the coach.
    • Online training request or contact one of the drinking water training specialists, see list below. 
  • ORC Hiring and Contracting Guide
    • For written agreements between facilities and their ORC’s.
    • 15-minute, on-demand video introduction to ORC Hiring and Contracting Guide.
    • Immediately available upon submission of registration.
    • No training units available.
  • ORC’s delegation of tasks and activities 
    • To other individuals working under ORC’s supervision.
    • 20-minute, on-demand training video.
    • No training units available.
  • Evaluation form

Pursuing Excellence Program

Recognition

The Pursuing Excellence Program recognizes public water systems that have an exemplary record of compliance, exceed regulatory compliance, and/or take proactive steps to overcome challenges. Each year, the program offers two awards. 

  • The Commitment Award recognizes systems that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the culture of health. In 2021, the division is giving this award to Parker Water and Sanitation District, Denver Water, and the City of Grand Junction for their efforts in distributing face masks to water/wastewater utility employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The Outstanding Compliance Award is given to community water systems with longstanding records of perfect compliance. In 2021, the division is awarding 14 systems. 
    • Surface water systems:
      • Dillon Valley District 
      • Montezuma WC 
      • City of Central City 
    • Ground water systems:
      • Chateau Chaparrel CG 
      • Kingdom Park Court 
      • Forrest Grove Estates 
      • The River Meadows
      • No Name Creek WS 
      • Hermosa Village
      • South Adams County WSD 
      • Town of Sanford
    • Consecutive systems:
      • Town of Crowley 
      • North Carter Lake WD 
      • Homestead Improvement Association Inc

Funding

The Assistance Grants Program supports public water systems that are interested in committing to excellence, but lack the financial resources to do so. These grants are intended to:

  • Help these systems reach or maintain more consistent compliance with the Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations. 
  • Address a potential or existing water quality challenge.

Grants can be awarded up to $25,000 with a total of $150,000 to be awarded annually. Projects must be completed within the calendar year they are awarded. 

In addition to these external applications, division personnel also refer projects to this program. 

After the application period has closed, applications and referrals will be reviewed and ranked.


Top ranked applications/ referrals will be evaluated by a division committee and finalists will be notified by November 11, 2021. Grants through this program are subject to the availability of funding.

For any questions/ comments about this process, please contact kaitlyn.beekman@state.co.us.  

To apply, click here:

Resources

Links to Other Training Opportunities

Contact us

Name Position Email Phone
General N/A cdphe.wqdwtraining@state.co.us N/A
Mike Bacon Drinking Water Training Specialist michael.bacon@state.co.us
303-692-2605
Tom Valenta Managerial and Financial Capacity and Training Specialist thomas.valenta@state.co.us
303-692-2988
Kyra Gregory Drinking Water Training Specialist kyra.gregory@state.co.us
303-908-7519
Nancy Horan Liaison to the Water & Wastewater Facility Operators Certification Board nancy.horan@state.co.us
720-254-1296