Water and wastewater operators in Mexico are benefiting from TEEX’s high-quality training and curriculum through a special program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. TEEX conducted the first of a series of water utility training classes in Spanish Jan. 19-20 for water operators and inspectors in Matamoros, in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Sixteen water operators from four municipalities attended “Introduction to Water Treatment” at the Junta de Agua Municipal (Municipal Water Board) in Matamoros. The class was offered by TEEX’s Engineering, Utilities and Public Works Training Institute, and conducted by adjunct instructor Dr. Alfonso Carmona, Chief Operator for the City of Bastrop, Texas, and a former professor at the National University in Mexico.
The course covered the basic concepts of water resources, water treatment and distribution to the customer, said TEEX program manager Paul Muraca. Dr. Carmona translated materials into Spanish for the class. Feedback from participants in the first class was positive, said Carlos Mendez, project manager with TEEX’s Frank M. Tejeda Center for Excellence in Environmental Operations.
During the next year, four more classes will be held for operators and inspectors of drinking water systems in the state of Tamaulipas, Muraca said. The goal is to improve operational efficiency of water and wastewater plants and enhance water quality in the U.S.-Mexico border regions. The training is funded by a $50,000 grant through the EPA Border 2012 project.
The program is a collaborative effort between TEEX and the Fundacion Mexico-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia.