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WATER 140 - Water Distribution Operator 1 - Donald Kendall

Course:Water Distribution Operator 1
Professor:Donald Kendall
  • HyFlex
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 8 Week



Hello and welcome to Water Distribution Operator 1!  My name is Don Kendall and I will be your instructor. I have been working in the water industry and academia for 30 years. Water distribution is one of my favorite areas. This will be a fun course. College of the Canyons has a unique program where you can receive an AS and Certificate of Achievement in Water Systems Technology. Our program is designed to prepare students seeking a career in drinking water treatment and distribution or wastewater. This course introduces basic concepts and processes of drinking water distribution, regulations and distribution system infrastructure. It will assist you in the preparation of the State Water Resources Control Board certification exams for Grades I and II.

Course Description

This course introduces basic concepts and processes of drinking water distribution, regulations and distribution system infrastructure. You will learn how to

  • Explain the distribution system operator certification levels, professional responsibilities, and certification examination content.
  • Describe the hydrologic cycle.
  • Analyze drinking water sources and source water contaminants.
  • Examine Federal and State drinking water quality regulations and standards.
  • Assess various distribution system configurations and the impact of water availability and reliability on the design.
  • Analyze the various types and applications of distribution system components including pipes, valves, hydrants, meters, and pumps.
  • Explain typical operations and maintenance requirements for distribution system components including pipes, valves, hydrants, meters, and pumps.
  • Describe the components of a well and how water is stored underground.


These skills will prepare you for the Grade I and Grade II  State Board certified exams to become a licensed water distribution operator.

What to Expect in this Course

We will meet weekly. You have the option of attending in person or remotely. Students are expected to have access to a computer or other device with a camera and microphone, and be able to participate in Zoom meetings on Canvas. Participation in class discussions will require knowledge on how to use Canvas.  That information will be provided to all students.

Types of Assessments

Homework assignments are due each week. Lecture notes will be posted to Canvas. Weekly participation in a discussion post will be required.  We will have weekly quizzes, and a final exam. Grades are determined by cumulated points.

Textbook Information

The textbook is free and will be made available in Canvas. Supplemental materials will also be provided to you.

Other Relevant Course Information

If you participate remotely, you will need a reliable internet connection, a College of the Canyons email address, and basic computer skills including familiarity with basic windows formats, opening and closing file, sizing windows, starting programs, sending emails, attaching documents and basic file management skills.


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/16/2023 Sub#: 1637