Water Supply Technology

The jobs in water and wastewater industry will always be located near your home. No outsourcing!

The Water Supply Technology program is designed to serve those individuals employed or interested in employment in the water and/or wastewater field and those who desire to upgrade their skills and/or receive certification from the California Water Environment Association, the American Water Works Association, or the California Water Resource Control Board.

The program provides professional classes combined with hands-on experience. Coursework emphasizes the fundamental aspects of drinking water distribution, drinking water treatment, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, water conservation, water quality analysis and related mathematics. Morning and evening classes are available. The Water Supply Technology Program also offers courses in a hybrid setting (50% traditional classroom and 50% distance learning) for those who find it difficult to come to the college campus on a regular basis.

The certificate programs are designed for entry-level job placement in the water treatment and water reclamation industries. The associate of science degree provides coursework and internship experience designed to provide an overview of a wide range of environmental career opportunities. Water quality analysis is a fundamental tool in the management of our water and wastewater resources. The WST075 Water and Wastewater Analysis course prepares individuals to analyze and interpret test data relating to water and wastewater facilities. Advanced level industry certification requires further studies in public work supervison and water utility management. Per the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), certified operators may be granted up to sixteen educational points by completing management courses. For those interested in someday managing water and/or wastewater facilities; the Water Supply Technology Program offers the WST036 Water Utility Management course.      

Water Supply Technology program graduates often pursue jobs with city, county, state or federal agencies, or food and beverage industry in positions such as wastewater treatment plant operators, drinking water treatment plant operator, environmental laboratory technician, ultra-pure water technician, industrial pre-treatment coordinator, engineering technician, surface water management, or state and federal regulations.


Certification Exam Dates for 2018 to 2019

  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: September 15, 2018; Application Deadline: July 2, 2018.
  • Water Distribution Certification Exam: March 16, 2019; Application Deadline: January 2, 2019.  
  • Water Treatment Certification Exam: November 3, 2018; Application Deadline: September  1, 2018.
  •  Wastewater Treatment Exam: October 13, 2018; Appplication Deadline:  August 14, 2018.

Also see the examination schedule for more information, including future examination dates.  

Exam applications are available on the government website

For general information visit: iewatercouncil.orgbcwaterjobs.comWestern Municipal Water District/Job Opportunities Website 


Free Non-Credit Courses

Test Review Non-Credit Courses Offered: Information flyer.


Late Start Classes

The Water Supply Technology Program still has open class sections (evenings) available beginning Thursday, September 6, 2018:

WST 629  Introduction to Water Supply Technology   

WST 052 Basic Waterworks Math

WST 053 Wastewater Technology Math  


Distance Learning Classes (Hybrid)

There are also three open 8-week class sections hybrid (50% traditional classroom and 50% distance learning):

WST 061 Water Distribution I          (August 15, 2018 to October 10, 2018)

WST 071 Water Treatment I             (October 17, 2018 to December 12, 2018)

WST 091 Wastewater Treatment I   (October 18, 2018 to December 13, 2018)