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 waste
regulate water flow through stages of the treatment such as filtering, the addition of chemicals (polymers, for example) and aeration
receive, load and unload chemicals
monitor flow meters, pressure gauges, power usage and wastewater quality
take samples and carry out routine analyses
prepare reports and log details of plant operations
perform routine servicing and cleaning of water storage facilities, plants and pipes, and repair faults in water supply and storage systems
service the distribution system leading from the treatment plant
operate and maintain plant facilities, reservoirs and dams
supervise staff and assist with training of new operators
receive, monitor and respond to remote alarms
operate waste disposal or water purification equipment
operate locks and adjust the water level in weirs
control 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.