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Training opportunities, recognition, and resources for water systems

Free CDPHE training opportunities
Customized coaching and assistance

  • Free one-on-one coaching at your facility to meet your specific needs.
  • Training units are available, depending on the time spent with the coach.
  • Online assistance request or contact one of the drinking water training specialists. See the list below.

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 a live instructor.
  • Register by selecting your date

Sanitary survey preparation

Resilience training: emergency management & financial planning

Lead and copper rule revision training

ORC hiring and contracting guide

ORC’s delegation of tasks and activities 

  • To other individuals working under ORC’s supervision.
  • 20-minute, on-demand training video.
  • No training units are available.

Evaluation form

Register for free assistance with service line inventory and lead service line replacement planning for smaller public water systems.

The Water Quality Control Division (division) is partnering with a contract technical assistance provider to help public water systems with all aspects of the new Lead and Copper Rule Revision service line inventory and lead service line replacement planning requirements. Water systems can request remote support or hands-on assistance. The division offers these services at no cost to water suppliers serving 15,000 people or fewer until our funding is depleted. Please sign up to request assistance from the department’s dedicated SLI/LSLRP technical support contractors, WSP, in partnership with Sunrise Engineering.

Pursuing excellence program

Recognition

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

  1. The Commitment Award recognizes systems that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the culture of health. In 2022, the division is giving this award to the City of Louisville, Superior Metro District, and East Boulder County for their efforts during the Marshall Fire.
  2. The Outstanding Compliance Award is given to community water systems with longstanding records of perfect compliance. In 2021, the division awarded 14 surface water systems:
  • Dillon Valley District 
  • Montezuma WC 
  • City of Central City 
  • Groundwater systems:
  • Chateau Chaparral 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 consistently comply 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 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. 

The application for 2024 grants is now closed.  After the application period has closed, applications and referrals will be reviewed and ranked.

Top-ranked applications/ referrals, and finalists will be notified in December 2023. Grants through this program are subject to the availability of funding.

For any questions/ comments about this process, please get in touch with rebecca.holmes@state.co.us.  

Resources

Links to other training opportunities

Colorado Certified Water Professionals.

  • Course catalog - Search all courses approved for training units. 
  • CCWP office - Contact the office for any CCWP portal questions. 

Wateroperator.org.

  • Search the calendar for a list of training events.
  • May not issue TUs.

Contact us

NamePositionEmailPhone
GeneralN/Acdphe.wqdwtraining@state.co.usN/A
Nicholas GriffinDrinking water coachnicholas.griffin@state.co.us
303-563-9957
Angela Green GarciaDrinking water coach - managerial and financial specialistangela.garcia@state.co.us720-610-7454
Kyra GregoryDrinking water training specialistkyra.gregory@state.co.us303.908.7519
Jessica MorganLiaison to the water and wastewater facility operators certification boardjessica.morgan@state.co.us720-213-6539