Professional Wastewater Operators Committee

The Professional Wastewater Operators Committee addresses the concerns of the men and women whose primary work involves performing the hands-on tasks needed to operate, analyze, and maintain wastewater collection, treatment, and laboratory facilities. We’re dedicated to supporting the voices of our peers, sharing their concerns, and improving recognition for wastewater operators.

Professional Wastewater Operator (PWO) Information and Resource Links

Email for PWO information or questions

WEF Operator Resources

Wastewater Treatment Fundamentals

Here you can find the most recent Operator Fact Sheets added to the On-Demand Wastewater Library (OWWL)

WEF Skills Builder. These quizzes incorporate math, safety, and a variety of other topics to help you test, maintain, and advance your wastewater knowledge.

WEF Announces Scholarships for Water and Wastewater Operators

Operator Certification Working Group (OCWG)

The OCWG was established to ensure that certification program decisions are considered and there is a forum for discussion with stakeholders.  This forum provides stakeholders with an opportunity to raise issues as well as understand the Ministry’s program objectives and priorities. Under the terms of reference Association representatives are representing the interest of WEAO members and not their individual work places. With this in mind WEAO selects representatives from across the province.  Currently WEAO has four representatives on the working group.

William D. Hatfield Award

The Hatfield Award is presented to operators of wastewater treatment plants for outstanding performance and professionalism.

The award was established in honor of Dr. William D. Hatfield, Superintendent of the Decatur, Illinois Sanitary District, who was President of the Central States Sewage Works Association in 1944-45 and served as President of the Federation in 1958-59.

Look for nomination forms in a WEAO eBlast or contact us for more information.

INFLUENTS Magazine Operator Profile

Every issue INFLUENTS profiles one of our province’s wastewater operators. If you have a suggestion for an operator please contact us.

Committee Chair

Gary Burrows

City of London

Chandra Baker

Halton Region

Meagan Davey

Corporation of Loyalist Township

Duane Forth


Richard Szigeti

City of Toronto

Lino Zanardo

Peel Region

Carrie Brunet

Niagara Region

Justin Eagles

Town of the Blue Mountains

Tammy Groves

Corporation of Loyalist Township

David Thiffault

Peel Region