Pittsburgh, PA - The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is partnering with the Water Environment Federation, DC Water, and water utilities around the country to certify workers in construction, inspection, and maintenance of green infrastructure (GI) practices through the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). A second round of training will take place from April 11 to May 11 at the Penn State Center in the Lower Hill. The NGICP sets national certification standards and bolsters sustainable employment in the field of GI for anyone interested in furthering their education in the industry.
PWSA partnered with the Penn State Center Pittsburgh to offer the first training session in December 2016, with 21 Pittsburgh participants receiving certifications in the inaugural national exam. The 35-hour training includes classroom learning and field sessions that cover the installation, maintenance, and inspection of GI. PWSA is one of the NGICP’s first program partners and participates in the advisory committee that helps to determine how the program should be run.
The Allegheny County region experiences degraded water quality from frequent combined sewer and sanitary sewer overflows into our rivers, due to excessive stormwater overloading our already stressed sewer system. The City-Wide Green First Plan is the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s plan to manage issues related to stormwater flow. The GI projects outlined in the City of Pittsburgh’s and PWSA’s Citywide Green-First Plan will require trained professionals to install, inspect and maintain. Additionally, because this certification is national, trainees can take their expertise anywhere in the country.
The program is $600 per person and $400 for municipal and nonprofit employees. Anyone with a high school diploma or the equivalent who completes the training is eligible to take the certification exam. Limited financial assistance is available.
Another training session is planned in the fall for an anticipated November 2017 exam date.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is the largest combined water and sewer authority in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Our 250 employees are city residents and are committed to enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life by delivering high quality water.