Water Supply and Public Health Professionals

Learn about and review New York State drinking water regulations and programs, how to become a Certified Water Operator, and get important information on financial incentives to improve drinking water infrastructure.

Certification and Training

Working in the water/wastewater industry can be extremely rewarding since you are providing an important service to your community. It just might be one of the most important positions in the world since no one can live without water. It takes knowledgeable, conscientious people to deliver clean, potable water and to ensure that wastewater is discharged in an environmentally safe manner.

Financing - Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Infrastructure Needs of New York State

A Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) was created in 1996 as a result of State legislation and legislation enacted by the U.S. Congress. The DWSRF provides a significant financial incentive for municipally and privately owned drinking water systems to finance needed drinking water infrastructure improvements


The Capacity Development Program seeks to prevent compliance problems and associated health risks by ensuring that public water systems have the capability to produce safe drinking water now and in the future.

The Cross-Connection Control Program provides information on requrements for New York State certification to test backflow prevention assemblies.

Resources for Water Supply and Public Health Professionals