Drinking Water Treatment Training Scholarships
Drinking Water Treatment Training Scholarships

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (Commission) is offering up to three scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and books for the fall 2021 session of the water operator training course, Concepts and Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment. This course can be the first step towards a new lifelong career!

The fall 2021 scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

Applicants selected to advance to the final round will be contacted to schedule a virtual interview as part of the final application process. The Scholarship Review Team will conduct interviews August 23, 2021- August 26, 2021. Successful candidates will be notified of their scholarship award and provided with instructions on how to complete their course enrollment by September 1, 2021.  

Concepts and Practices of Basic Drinking Water Treatment is being offered by Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA) for fall 2021.  Click here to learn more about the course.

Schedule: Tuesdays, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

September 21, 2021 – December 14, 2021

Location: Zoom
Must have access to a computer with camera and microphone; visit the MWWA website for complete virtual course guidelines.

Must be available to attend the weekly virtual class. Attendance and participation are required to successfully complete the course.

Individuals not available Tuesday mornings for the fall 2021 course but interested in pursuing a career as a water operator, may also consider registering for the self-paced virtual course offered by MWWA through Springfield Technical Community College. Spring 2022 course schedule to be announced.

Scholarship Information

The scholarship covers the $829 tuition and cost of books (approximately $200).

Applicant Criteria

Scholarship applicants must be current residents of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties, with preference given to Hampden County residents.



How to Complete Application

Please review all directions and criteria. Eligible applicants should download and complete an application form. The application includes a short essay. Supporting documents, such as a resume or a separate document for the typed essay, can also be included.

Download an application.

How to Submit Application

Submit your completed application, including any attachments and supporting documents, to the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission via email admin.mgr@waterandsewer.org.

Application submission by email is strongly encouraged. Mailed applications will be accepted, however, please note that completed application forms must be received by the Commission by the application deadline. The address for mailing applications is Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, PO Box 995, Springfield MA 01101-0995 ATTN:  Human Resources Manager.

Completed applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 to be considered for the scholarship opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for the final round of the scholarship application process and will be scheduled for a virtual interview.

Questions and More Information

For more information about the scholarship or about the water treatment plant operator profession, please contact the Commission at admin.mgr@waterandsewer.org.


Rewarding Careers in the Water Industry

There is currently a high demand for new drinking water treatment plant operators both in the Springfield region and throughout the state. Drinking water treatment operators run and maintain drinking water treatment plants through the operation of computerized treatment systems as well as hands-on maintenance of mechanical components. Drinking water treatment is a rewarding profession that is ever-responding to new conditions such as climate change, scientific and technological advances, and new governmental regulations. Residents of Western Massachusetts considering or seeking a new career in 2021 can also look to drinking water treatment as an essential, non-outsourceable profession that offers competitive pay and robust benefits while serving on the front lines for the local community.

More information on the course, water treatment training and licensure, and student testimonials is available here.