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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.

Works Cited
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.

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