Doing It the Island Way

The reverse osmosis membrane water plant in Sanibel, Florida, thrives on autonomy in operator training, process improvements, and planned maintenance.

Doing It the Island Way

Plant operator trainee David Coleman and colleagues are strongly encouraged by the board of directors and the general manager to progress to higher-level licensing.

They don’t hire licensed operators when there’s an opening at the Island Water Treatment Plant in Sanibel, Florida.

“We take new people and train them ourselves,” says Pat Henry, production manager. “It takes a newcomer about three years to learn the water plant,...

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