Instructor Biography

Margaret Doss

Background and Experience

Margaret Doss

Margaret Doss is the Water Quality Manager for the Columbia County Water Utility in Evans, Georgia. She began her tenure with the Water Utility in 1991, working as the Laboratory Analyst at the Little River WPCP, a secondary treatment activated sludge plant. Since that time she has served as Laboratory Manager for the Central Laboratory, which analyzes both wastewater and drinking water samples, the Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator, and the Utility's Environmental Trainer.

Margaret has a B.S. degree in Microbiology from Clemson University and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia and maintains Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Wastewater Laboratory Analyst, and Drinking Water Laboratory Analyst certifications. Margaret has also has served as Chair and vice-chair of the Georgia State Board of Examiners for the Certification of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators and Laboratory Analysts, the Georgia Water/Wastewater Operator and Analyst Certification Board, as the vice-president and president of the Association of Boards of Certification, on the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, as an author, editor and committee member in the Water Environment Federation and American Water Works Association and many, many other groups and organizations. She also sits on several committees in the Standard Methods for the Examination Water and Wastewater. She has won many, many awards including:

  • 2015 JESS JONES EXCELLENCE OF SERVICE AWARD, Association of Boards of Certification
  • 2014 N.M. DEJARNETTE SERVICE TO THE WATER/WASTEWATER INDUSTRY AWARD, Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • 2013 OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER AWARD, Columbia County Dive, Rescue, and Recovery Team
  • 2012 OUTSTANDING SUPPORT PERSONNEL AWARD, Columbia County Dive, Rescue, and Recovery Team
  • 2010 HARRIS SEIDEL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, Association of Boards of Certification
  • 2008 AWARD FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE, Association of Boards of Certification
  • 2007 AWARD FOR PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE, Association of Boards of Certification
  • 2002 SELECT SOCIETY OF SANITARY SLUDGE SHOVELERS INDUCTEE, Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • 2000 GEORGIA LABORATORY ANALYST OF EXCELLENCE AWARD, Georgia Water Environment Federation

Courses Taught
Basic Chemistry and Laboratory Techniques
Basic Laboratory Terminology and Concepts
Fecal Coliform Bacteria Determination
Lab Practices - Overview for 2024
Lead Sampling In School Buildings
LP (Laboratory Practices): Wastewater Techniques: complete series
LP: Basic Drinking Water Quality Tests
LP: Basic Wastewater Lab Procedures
LP: Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)
LP: Drinking Water Bacteriological Procedures
LP: Nitrogen-Ammonia by Ion-Selective Electrode (ISE) method
LP: Water Laboratory Quality Assurance
LP: Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) - streaming format
LP: Fecal Coliform Bacteria Membrane Filter Procedure
LP: Lab Terminology and Apparatus
LP: Solids
Solids Analysis: TSS, TDS, VSS, and More