Training Modules

Water Valves / Ready & Able

Course Duration: full work day, 7 hours
CEU Value: 0.7
Trainer: Sheldon Thomas, Director, Clear Water Legacy Inc
Contact: Office: (905) 333-9203 email:​

Learning Objectives: 

The training material prepares both novice and experienced water operators to operate a variety of valve models wisely, enabling them to acquire a level of confidence when faced with having to adjust flow under both planned and emergency conditions.  

Course material will introduce the concept of water column energy, and will describe in detail how the act of operating a water valve can cause immediate and sometimes severe reactions within the water column moving through the pipes. 

Explicit explanation of a variety of valve sealing mechanisms will enable trainees to better envision and understand the internal workings of the most commonly encountered water valves. 

Trainees will learn how to identify weaknesses and strengths of valves by monitoring the valve performance during maintenance cycling exercises.  

Trainees are taught how best to extend valve service life. 

Many brief, valve-related videos are included to re-enforce the training material.

Target Group: 

Water distribution management and field staff, roster contractors, consultants, water utility construction inspectors, water system designers

Clear Water Legacy 

Water Distribution System Operator Training