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Perdue appoints Whatley to water board

Covington resident and City Council member Mike Whatley has been appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to a second term on the The Georgia State Board of Examiners for the Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts.

Whatley is the former deputy director of the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority and member of its board of directors and has worked for the Georgia Rural Water Association.

The Board of Examiners for the Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts was created by legislation enacted in 1969 for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety and welfare by establishing minimum qualifications for persons who operate wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection systems, water distribution systems, public water supply systems, or who conduct certain tests of water or wastewater samples in conjunction with the operation of public water system or wastewater treatment plants.

The board certifies 13 categories of licenses. Requirements for all categories include education, training, experience and passage of a national examination.

The board is comprised of six members appointed by the governor. All members are appointed for terms of four years. The board meets six times per year.