SouthWest Water Company’s facilities in Shelby County, Alabama will soon become a teaching laboratory, with the advent of a partnership with Jacksonville State University. Students at SWWC facilities will be learning the practical aspects of water and wastewater treatment while on the way to acquiring their Grade IV Operator Certificate.
“We are pleased to be working in close collaboration with JSU and others to offer this opportunity for hands-on learning inside our facilities. This partnership will benefit the students involved, but also municipalities and the water and wastewater industry, as we train the next generation of highly skilled operators,” SouthWest Water Company Managing Director Craig Sorensen said.
Students in the program, run by JSU’s Office of Continuing Education, will learn first-hand about chemical application, equipment maintenance and inspection, monitoring sensors and meters, EPA regulations, emergency management procedures, and safety standards, among other topics.