Certification Update

Today’s photo is another from my “fact-finding mission” last month to examine our water supply first hand. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! This is Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, with a combined drop of 2,425 feet. I first encountered Yosemite in the Summer of 1970, along with members of my high school cross country team. My eternal thanks to Coach Charles “Dub” Carter for taking us — and for putting up with us! Our team climbed to the top of Half Dome one day, and to the top of Yosemite Falls the next day. I have been back to the top of the Falls four or five more times, but I have hiked there from the Tioga Road — mostly downhill to the Falls — instead of the very arduous hike from the Valley floor. It seems I’m not quite as proficient a hiker as I was in high school.
Oh, by the way, there’s still water flowing over Yosemite Falls — just one of the important facts gathered from my mission!
On to certification. I have heard back from two students so far regarding their results on the California Water Treatment Operator exam last May. I am happy and proud to report that they both passed. Please let me know how you did by sending me an e-mail at mclean.stephen@ca.rr.com, or by commenting to this post.
Another very important certification date looms ahead: July 1 (one week from today!) is the deadline for applications for the September 18 California Water Distribution Operator exam. Don’t miss this deadline, since the exam is only given twice per year. You can obtain the application form from the Department of Public Health’s web site at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/certlic/occupations/Documents/Opcert/CDPH8631DExamAppl7-08.pdf
Please contact me if you need any help with your application, or with your preparations for the exam.

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