What is a Wastewater Operator?
A wastewater operator is hired to maintain a wastewater treatment system and is also known as “Operator-in-Responsible Charge” (or ORC). The wastewater treatment systems that are required to be inspected by a Wastewater Operator are defined under “What are Type IV, V and VI Wastewater Treatment Systems?”
What are all the possible titles for a Wastewater Operator?
Wastewater Inspector, Subsurface Operator, Septic Inspector, Septic Operator and ORC.
What are the responsibilities of a Wastewater Operator (ORC)?
- Possess the appropriate certificates, a copy of the system’s operations permit and plans for the facility.
- Be responsible for and visit the wastewater system as required by the system’s operations permit.
- Properly manage and document operations and maintenance.
- Certify monitoring and reporting information.
- Live within reasonable proximity of the system.
Under what conditions is the Wastewater Operator required to notify the local health department?
- Observance of surface malfunction of sewage at the facility.
- Termination of contractual services either by the Owner or the Wastewater Operator.
Hoover, Michael T., et al. North Carolina Subsurface Wastewater System Operators Training School Manual. Raleigh, NC: Soil Science Department, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC and North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources, Raleigh, NC, 1996. 3-5-3-6.
North Carolina. North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Health On-Site Wastewater Section. Laws and Rules for Sewage Treatment, and Disposal Systems. Raleigh, NC: n.p., 1982. 69-71.