Water Related Careers
WATER TREATMENT OPERATORS
Responsible for making any water supply safe for human consumption through the use of chemical, biological, mechanical, and fluid dynamic disciplines. Daily works with computers, laboratory test equipment, chemical delivery systems, and large electrical pumps, motors and controls. Key attributes include attention to detail, an inquisitive mind, respect for others, self-motivation, and an aptitude for science and mechanics.
Performs a multifaceted job within the scope of a municipal setting. The water distribution system is sub ground and is the delivery portion of a water system to a residents home or business. For the most part, this technician/operator works outside a physical plant or building.
Responsible for maintaining and repairing any equipment used in the water and wastewater treatment processes. Maintenance staff may also be responsible for pumping stations, distribution and collection systems, and general building upkeep.
WATER METER READER
Regularly read the water meters in houses, businesses, and industries to determine water usage. This is necessary for billing the owner of the property for both water and wastewater services. A water meter reader will also assist with the installation, repair, and servicing of meters.
Remove pollutants from wastewater so that it is safe to discharge to receiving waters. The process can involve settling, biological treatment, flocculation, coagulation and settling as well as disinfection and filtration.
PROCESS CONTROL & LABORATORY
Install, modify, maintain and repair instrumentation used in measurement and control systems. In the water industry, these instruments measure temperature, water quality, water levels and flow. Accurate collection of water data is essential in the regulatory environment of water.
Performs a variety of analyses on samples for process control, routine monitoring, and licensing compliance. Data from laboratory analyses is used by operators to make adjustments within the plant to ensure high quality effluent.
Performs critical analysis for the presence or absence, and counts of pathological bacteria, viruses, parasites and other biological organisms. The data is required for compliance with regulations and for process control.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYST
provides technical support and assistance. Generates and updates the mapping system.
ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLER (WATERSHED, STORMWATER
Perform field sampling to help monitor changes up and downstream of treatment plants as well as help assess impacts of treatment technologies. They support the environmental and watershed monitoring programs, in conjunction with various stakeholders to support great quality drinking water and to maintain and preserve the riparian habitats.
Provides overall management of operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Responsible for maintaining and updating regulatory requirements including compliance monitoring and enforcement. Meet with municipalities/industrial owners to discuss regulatory issues/concerns.
OPERATIONS/PROCESS OR MAINTENANCE ENGINEER AND TECHNICIAN
Typically works in a water or wastewater treatment plant setting or can also include Industrial or Manufacturing processes. Duties may include:
- Maintaining effective production processes including treatment, optimizing
treatment processes, and ensuring compliance with regulatory limits.
- Evaluating existing treatment processes / systems, and looking for ways
to make them more effective or economical.
General responsibilities include the investigation, development and evaluation of new processes and equipment for use in their industry, in response to an assigned goal or to solve a specific problem.
Responsible for design of infrastructure, including water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water distribution systems, sanitary systems, or stormwater collection and treatment systems.
Responsible for managing the risks associated with the watershed. Besides monitoring of water quality, watershed strategies are developed to maximize water quality and conservation.
Coordinates, inspects and approves the construction of water and sewer system components, in accordance with approved construction and engineering specifications, policies and practices.
Performs a variety of tasks in the maintenance and repair of sanitary sewers. Operates highly specialized sewer and storm drain cleaning equipment; utilizes laptop computers to complete work assignments; performs research on wastewater collection assets. Raises and seals manholes, including pouring of concrete, directing traffic away from work area and informing general public of sewer operations. Inspects and maintains sewer pumping facilities. Clean pumps, fuel generators and perform maintenance duties inside or adjacent to pump stations.
UNDERGROUND UTILITY LOCATOR
Identifies and maps location and depth of utilities such as water, sewer, stormwater and fiber optics. Works with utility maps, utility designating equipment, provides proper field sketches. Usesa variety of mapping and as-built software to locate infrastructure. Utilizes a variety of technology (ground penetrating radar (GPR), Smartphone, iPads locators, measuring tool)
Provides computer and information systems support. Works with tablets and iPads, smartphones, GPS and uses and supports a wide variety of computer systems.