If you've looked at any of the Quiz pages, you've noticed the message about the questions being removed. Here is the explanation:
Today I received an email from Brian Blake asking that I remove all the questions from the TEEX manuals from the site. Here is his full email to me.
It has come to our attention that you have posted questions from multiple TEEX manuals on your website at http://texaswateroperators.com/ as part of interactive practice tests. TEEX has invested substantial resources in the developing the training and the course manuals, and owns the copyright in its contents.
We appreciate that you credited the questions to TEEX and that you are not trying to make money off of the website. Regardless, no portion of the manual may be reproduced or transmitted without TEEX’s permission. TEEX depends on revenue from these training courses and material publications to help support its programs for the benefit of the people of Texas.
We ask that you remove any and all TEEX’s questions from your site and not post TEEX’s material without permission. If you would let me know when you’ve done that I would appreciate it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Brian Blake | Communications Director
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
I understand his position. TEEX owns copyright on the content and they profit from it, so he doesn't want me to put it out there for everyone to see.
I fully understand the copyright issue and am in the process of taking down all of the questions and answers that are from their manuals. However, I have to disagree with him on the profit issue. Every person I've met that has taken their courses have done so because they need renewal and/or for attaining a higher license. Because of this, their profits will not be affected. People will still enroll and pay for these questions and answers as part of the course tuition.
I have removed all of the questions that TEEX owns the copyright to. I'm sorry, I'm not able to provide them to you at all. I know some people have asked me for them, but I'm sorry, I don't want to violate any of their rights by distributing them.
I’m Jack Partain, an A licensed water operator that works for North Texas Municipal Water District in Wylie, Texas.
Here you'll find many water treatment practice exams and answers that you can use to study for the various tests you have to take to get a water operators license in Texas.
I originally made this site for myself to study for the A Water test. I didn't like studying from the manuals because the answers were right there next to the questions. It didn't give me a chance to think about the answer at all. So I made them in the quiz format you see in the here on the site. You'll see the question in multiple choice format just like you'll find on the test, except the answers will not be evident. You'll have a chance to think about them and choose your answer. If you get it wrong, you’ll still be able to choose until you get the right answer. I hope you are able to get a lot of out of the site and it helps you to pass the operators tests.
In addition to creating practice tests to study for the tests, I thought this would be a great opportunity for operators to have a community where we can discuss and share information and experiences. I did some looking around on the internet and didn’t find anything like that out there. Since I made the site, we’ve always had the opportunity to post comments on any page on the site. But I’ve found a much better way to share experiences!
There are many discussion forums on the internet. There are gaming communities, Karate forums, forums about outdoors a forum about insect and spider identification. There are even forums about forums!
So at long last, I've created the Water Operators forums. Please join us and share experiences and we can all learn from each other. I know there are a lot of knowledgeable people in the water industry, many that are much more knowledgeable than me. I would love for all of us to have a place where we can meet!
Thanks for taking the time out to read this and I’d really love to meet you.