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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: October 4, 2011
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

NHDES Dedicates New Drinking Water Operator Training Facility in Franklin

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, joined by the US Environmental Protection Agency and industry professionals, today dedicated a newly-remodeled, state-of-the-art training facility for water system operators at its Franklin Training Center.

The remodeled DES-owned facility is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, whose unique design was based on suggestions from water system operators and training professionals. The new training facility is a fully operable, scaled version of a typical water system pump station, housed completely indoors, and utilizing a primarily closed loop to conserve water. This innovative approach provides for functional year-round training of water system and wastewater system operations personnel. Key features of the facility include:

  • Conventional and VFD well pump installations, mounted in unique clear casings for observable hydraulics.
  • A pipe gallery with examples of various pipe materials, sizes, corporations and joints that, while usually buried, are fully accessible in the training center.
  • Constant speed and variable speed booster pump assemblies.
  • Testable and non-testable backflow prevention devices.
  • Metering devices for water flow and pump operation.
  • Diaphragm and peristaltic chemical injection pumps with flow-paced regulation.
  • Electrical interface control panels.
  • Atmospheric and hydropneumatic water storage.

“DES has long recognized that public water systems and wastewater systems are essential to public health and safety, the environment, and economic development,” said Tom Burack, DES Commissioner. “New Hampshire’s cities and towns depend on operators to properly run and maintain these systems, not only to protect the public health, safety and environment, but to protect the community’s investment. This state-of-the-art facility will allow DES, working closely with the water works and wastewater industries and our training partners, to ensure New Hampshire operators are properly trained and qualified.”

The project was funded by New Hampshire’s share of the Safe Drinking Water Act Expense Reimbursement Grant for the Training and Certification of Drinking Water Operators for small water systems.

For more information on the new training facility, please contact Chip Mackey, NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau, (603) 271-0655.

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