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Board of Licensure of Water System Operators

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

Board Members | Board meetings & Minutes | Board Rules | Board Policies and Practices

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.

Renewal season for licenses expiring on 12/31/2020 is upon us. Go to this website and follow the instructions to renew your license online with a credit card payment.

Board Members:

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

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Board Meetings & Minutes

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 next Board meeting will be June 4, 2021, held via Zoom at this link. Contact for information regarding attending the online meeting.

2021 March 5, 2021
June 4, 2021
September 3, 2021
December 3, 2021
2020 March 6, 2020
June 5, 2020
September 18, 2020
October, 2020
December 4, 2020  


February 8, 2019

May 10, 2019

August 23, 2019

December 6, 2019




January 19, 2018
Video Minutes

April 6, 2018
Video Minutes

June 8, 2018
Video Minutes

No Summer Meeting

October 19, 2018
Video1 Video2

December 7, 2018


January 20, 2017

March 17, 2017

May 19, 2017

July 28, 2017

September 15, 2017

December 15, 2017
meeting cancelled

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


Additional Meetings

  • 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.

Board Policies and Practices

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.