Water and wastewater plant operators control the pumping of water for supply and storage. They treat water to purify it or to remove waste in order to meet various national standards.
Duties & Tasks
Water and wastewater plant operators may perform the following tasks:operate pumps, valves and gates to control the flow of water or wasteregulate water flow through stages of the treatment such as filtering, the addition of chemicals (polymers, for example) and aerationreceive, load and unload chemicalsmonitor flow meters, pressure gauges, power usage and wastewater qualitytake samples and carry out routine analysesprepare reports and log details of plant operationsperform routine servicing and cleaning of water storage facilities, plants and pipes, and repair faults in water supply and storage systemsservice the distribution system leading from the treatment plantoperate and maintain plant facilities, reservoirs and damssupervise staff and assist with training of new operatorsreceive, monitor and respond to remote alarmsoperate waste disposal or water purification equipmentoperate locks and adjust the water level in weirscontrol and monitor the biological treatment plant process.
Water and wastewater plant operators may specialise in water treatment, wastewater treatment or maintenance of distribution and collection systems. They often work outdoors and sometimes work in remote areas. In treatment plants, which require 24-hour operation, shiftwork is required.
- enjoy technical and engineering activities commitment to occupational health and safety able to cope with the physical demands of the job.