Board of Licensure of Water System Operators
"High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth."
-EDMUND S. MUSKIE, U.S. Senator, speech, 1 March 1966
The Board of Licensure of Water System Operators was created by Maine Statute Chapter 22 Chapter 601 Subchapter 3. Rules developed to carry out this sub-chapter are Rules Relating to the Licensure of Water System Operators and include the classification of water systems determined by treatment and distribution qualities, establishes licensing requirements and procedures for initial licenses and biennial renewals. The Rules also establish the fees and operator discipline process.
Brian Tarbuck, Chair, Professional Engineer Representative, Greater Augusta Utility District
Mary Ellen Bowers, Vice Chair, Non-Transient, Non-Community Public Water System Representative, Western Maine Water Service, Waterworks Management, LLC
Keith Levasseur, Class III Operator Representative
Gregory Kidd, Educator Representative, Northeast Water and Wastewater Training Associates
Brian McBride, Class IV Operator Representative, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells Water District
Kerry Smart, Class II Representative, Alfred Water District
Jon Ziegra, Management, Boothbay Water District
Suzanne Yerina, VSWS Representative
Michael Abbott, Maine DHHS Representative, Maine Drinking Water Program
Tina Lemieux, Board Clerk
James Jacobsen, Licensing Coordinator
Board meetings are open to the public. They start at 9 am. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are public and will be held at 9:00 AM in the Ballard Room at the PUC Building, 101 Second St, Hallowell, Maine.
The June 5 meeting will be held online. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding attending teh online meeting.
|2020||March 6, 2020||
June 5, 2020
|September 18, 2020||December 4, 2020|
February 8, 2019
May 10, 2019
August 23, 2019
December 6, 2019
June 8, 2018
No Summer Meeting
December 7, 2018
December 15, 2017
|2016||February 26, 2016||March 18, 2016||May 20, 2016||July 16, 2016||September 23, 2016||November 18, 2016|
|2015||February 27, 2015||May 15, 2015||No meeting||No meeting||August 21, 2015||November 13, 2015|
|2014||May 9, 2014||June 19, 2014||No meeting||No meeting||September 19, 2014||December 19, 2014|
|2013||March 21, 2013
||June 20, 2013
||No meeting||No meeting||September 19, 2013
||December 19, 2013|
|2012||January 26, 2012||May 17, 2012||No meeting||No meeting||September 20, 2012||November 15, 2012|
|2011||January 20, 2011||March 17, 2011||May 19, 2011||No meeting||September 15, 2011||November 17, 2011|
- The Board held a meeting Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Ballard Room at the PUC Building, 101 Second St, Hallowell, Maine, at 9:00 AM. The Board reviewed comments from the Office of the Attorney General on the proposed changes to the Rules Relating to the Licensure of Water Operators
- The Board held an addtional meeting Friday, February 9, at 9:00 AM at the Ballard Room at the PUC Building, 101 Second St, Hallowell, Maine to consdier comments recieved after the public hearing held for proposed changes to the Rules Relating to the Licensure of Water Operators.
The following policies and practices have been established by the Board to assure consistency in operations.
Board Code of Ethics
A Code of Ethics (PDF) was developed in March of 2007 to guide the Board. Download a copy.
Operator Code of Ethics
The Board adopted a Professional Code of Ethics (PDF) developed by New England Water Works Operator Certification Committee. These are the principles that guide licensed operator in the performance of their duties. Download (PDF) your ready-to-frame copy.
Complaints Against an Operator
Operators are responsible for the quality and quantity of drinking water. Their practices assure the safety and availability of water. There is a Procedure for Filing a Complaint (PDF) against an Operator. A complaint may be submitted for Board review using this form (PDF). Other guidance, policies and procedures may be found throughout the website under appropriate topics.