For Immediate Release - April 05, 2013

Massachusetts Drinking Water Operators Board Secures Surrender Of Licenses

BOSTON - The Board of Certification of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities today announced a disciplinary action against William Enser, Jr., of Lee, who surrendered his licenses to practice as a drinking water operator in the Commonwealth as a condition of the consent agreement with board. The agreement resolved allegations arising from Enser's arraignment in connection of alleged falsified drinking water samples.

Enser was arraigned earlier this year in Berkshire Superior Court on 15 counts of Knowingly Falsifying Reports Submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection and 15 counts of Willfully Making False Reports to the Department of Environmental Protection. At the arraignment, Enser pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on personal recognizance with the conditions that he be prohibited from serving as a drinking water system operator, conducting any drinking water testing, or obtaining or otherwise handling drinking water samples and records.

Authorities allege that at times between 2008 and 2012, Enser falsified the dates of drinking water sample analyses on reports submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in an attempt to make it appear that the analyses had been completed within the required holding time for those substances, when in fact, they had not. The analyses were being run for the presence of nitrates and nitrites, substances that can contaminate drinking water. The maximum sample holding time between collection and analysis for these kinds of samples is 48 hours. After 48 hours, the lab analysis is not considered reliable.

As a result of the surrender agreement, Enser is no longer allowed to practice as a drinking water operator in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office assisted in this matter.

Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities are employed by local water distribution and treatment facilities. They are responsible for chemically treating and then distributing our drinking water. The Board of Registration of Operators of Drinking Water Supply Facilities regulates and licenses all operators of these facilities to ensure that the highest safety standards are adhered to in the treatment and distribution of drinking water.

The Board encourages licensees to maintain a high level of competence in the industry and assists them in enrolling in seminars and training programs. The Board holds high standards of quality and service in the industry for the protection of the public's health and safety, and offers nine levels of licensure, from basic employment to management in Drinking Water Facilities. Currently, the Board licenses approximately 4,976 individuals working in the drinking water profession.

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