About Us

Water Otter provides online continuing education tools for water and wastewater professionals. Our e-learning program offers an extensive list of operator training courses in addition to archive record-keeping of all certificates and transcripts, an electronic resource library, community discussion forum, and management report tools.

We also aim to raise public awareness about the value of our industry. By joining Water Otter you become a member of Team Water Otter, supporting clean water in America.

Our Instructors

John Hricko
Headshot John HrickoJohn Hricko holds a Commonwealth of Virginia Class I license in both Water and Wastewater treatment. With over seventeen years of experience, John has operated numerous water and wastewater facilities on a contract / consulting basis building a wealth of experience. In that capacity, John has developed and administered training programs instrumental in developing qualified operators and providing quality treatment to ensure regulatory compliance. In the field of wastewater treatment, John carries with him a long record of outstanding results as both a contractor / consultant and as a Facility Superintendent. His teams achievement in Nutrient Reduction for the Town of Crewe, WWTP is documented both on the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality web-site and was featured in the September 2009 issue of TPO Magazine. In 2008 John was honored as Wastewater Operator of the Year, and his facility for Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year by the Virginia Rural Water Association. John teaches our online comprehensive math series and several other courses including hypochorite disinfection and dechlorination.

Mike Harrington
Headshot Mike HarringtonMike Harrington holds certifications in water, wastewater and industrial wastewater treatment. He is a Certified Environmental Instructor, and has operational as well as manufacturer work experience. He gives numerous training workshops across the United States annually, and currently writes and presents these programs on behalf of colleges, industry, training partners, and regulatory agencies nationwide Mike teaches several of our online courses from microscope applications to groundwater system operations.

Jack Vanderland
Headshot Jack VanderlandJack Vanderland has worked in the water and wastewater industry for over 30 years. He is now a consultant and part-time instructor and has previously taught several of our live math courses. During his time with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, he managed the agency’s statewide program to develop and conduct job related training for water pollution control facilities managers, operators, and analysts. He also managed the agency’s state funded and 104(g) funded compliance assistance program for small treatment facilities. Additionally, he served as agency representative on the Virginia Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and On-site Sewage System Professionals.

Will Boylan
Headshot Will BoylanWill Boylan has taught live courses for us on wastewater pump technology, which is a general overview of hydraulics, applications and technologies available and how they interface with typical SCADA systems Will specializes in mechanical and industrial engineering.