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Operator Staffing Requirements



What is an Operator?

  • A person certified by the State of Florida in water treatment plant operations.  There are four classes of certification:

    • Class A The highest level of certification.  Class A operators can operate all public water systems.

    • Class B and C Operate public water systems with varying levels of water treatment processes. 

    • Class D The most basic level of certification.  Class D operators can only operate small public water systems.

  • For specific details, refer to the staffing tables in Rule 62-699, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.).


What are the Required Duties of an Operator?

  • On-site management of the operation and maintenance of water treatment plants and/or water distribution systems.

  • Submit to the supplier of water, all required reports in the manner required by the Department and Rules 62-550.730, 62-555.325, and 62-555.350, F.A.C.

  • Notify the supplier of water as soon as possible after the discovery of any of the circumstances described in subsection 62-555.350(10), F.A.C. 

  • Report to the State Warning Point, the Department, or approved county health department, and water customers in accordance with subsection 62-555.350(10) unless the supplier of water has written procedures designating other knowledgeable staff to do so.

  • Maintain an operation and maintenance log.


Do I Need an Operator?

  • All community and all non-transient non-community water systems are required to have a certified operator.

  • Transient non-community water systems with public food service and/or preparation are required to have a certified operator.



How Do I Find a Certified Operator?

  • View a list of known certified operators for counties in the Central District. If you or your operating company would like to be included on the list, please notify the inspector for your county.



How do I Become a Certified Water Operator?

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Last updated: May 21, 2012

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