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Job Specification



 Under direction, takes the lead over other operators and
 operates, adjusts, and regulates water treatment plant  pumps,
 valves, and other equipment, maintains these as needed, takes
 periodic readings of relevant gauges, and may conduct routine
 standardized tests on water samples; does other related duties.

 NOTE:  The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
 purposes only.  A particular position using this title may not
 perform all duties listed in this job specification.  Conversely,
 all duties performed on the job may not be listed.


 Coordinates activities of workers engaged in filtering,
 chemically treating, pumping, and testing fresh and processed

 Plans work schedules, allocating tasks to workers based upon 
 work priority and individual worker expertise.

 Inspects equipment, such as filters, chlorine indicators, basins,
 filtered water basins, and pumps, to detect malfunctions.

 Takes periodic readings of relevant gauges and records these

 Opens and closes appropriate valves.

 Dumps specified amounts of chemicals, such as chlorine, 
 ammonia, and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices 
 that admit specified amounts of chemicals into water to
 disinfect, deodorize, and clarify it.

 Starts agitators to mix chemicals or allows impurities to settle
 out of water as appropriate.

 Operates pumping equipment to transfer raw water to treatment
 plant or purified water into water mains.

 Monitors panelboard, adjusting controls to regulate flow rates,
 loss of head pressure and water elevation, and distribution of

 Cleans tanks and filter beds, using backwashing.

 Maintains the working area in a clean/sanitary condition.

 Maintains machines and equipment.

 Makes minor or emergency repairs or component replacement.

 Tests water samples to determine acidity, color, and impurities,
 using colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.

 Adds chemicals into tanks to coagulate impurities and reduce

 Record data content of chemicals, water turbidity, and water

 May operate portable water-purification plant to supply drinking

 Maintains records and files with chemical usage and storage,
 equipment operation, and required water quality/quantity data.

 Will  be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
 and/or manual recording and information systems used by
 the agency, office, or related units.



 Two (2) years of experience in operating, adjusting, regulating,
 repairing, and maintaining pumps, valves, electric motors, and 
 other electrical and mechanical equipment of the type used in
 a water treatment plant, pumping station, or filtration plant.

 NOTE:  Appointees in Municipal Water Utilities Authority may 
 be required to attend Incident Management training within a 
 specified timeframe as determined by the appointing authority.

 Such training may include but not be limited to:
    ICS-700  NIMS, An Introduction
    ICS-100  Introduction to ICS or equivalent
    ICS-200  Basic ICS or equivalent


 Appointees may be required to possess a valid Public Water
 Treatment Operator license of the appropriate class, depending 
 on the permit level of the facility, issued by the New Jersey
 Department of Environmental Protection.

 Appointees will be required to possess a driver's  license
 valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather
 than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential
 duties of the position.


 Knowledge of procedures and methods of operating, adjusting,
 and regulating water treatment plant pumps, valves, gauges,
 chemical feed machines, filters, flowmeters, and other equipment

 Knowledge of methods for regulating amounts of water and
 pumping it into a distribution system or storage tanks.

 Knowledge of location and function of all equipment in the plant.

 Knowledge of pump and valve packing replacement, motor 
 and pump bearing replacement, and equipment lubrication.

 Knowledge of techniques for collecting  water samples and
 conducting and recording standard bacteriological analysis
 of water.

 Knowledge of arithmetic operations for determining correct
 amounts of chemical agents.

 Knowledge of techniques for conducting tests with colorimeter,
 turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.

 Knowledge of precautions to be observed when handling
 chemical agents.

 Knowledge of water treatment processes such as ammoniation,
 chlorination, water clarification, pH adjustment.

 Ability to coordinate worker activities and work harmoniously
 with others.

 Ability  to understand, remember, and carry out oral and
 written directions.

 Ability to plan and follow work schedules.

 Ability to inspect equipment for malfunctions and do minor

 Ability  to do repetitive work that requires strict adherence
 to prescribed procedures.

 Ability to check operations throughout a shift and record various
 data according to established format.

 Ability to interpret readings on various gauges and meters.

 Ability to maintain proper water levels and water pressures.

 Ability to relay information regarding shift operation such
 as problems encountered and action taken.

 Ability to do minor maintenance such as oiling, greasing,
 cleaning or replacing gaskets and piping, and replacing packing.

 Ability to stand and walk for prolonged time periods.

 Ability to climb.

 Ability to turn valves and manipulates controls.

 Ability to maintain records and files.

 Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
 recording and information systems used by the agency, 
 office, or related units.

 Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate
 in English sufficiently to perform duties of this position.
 American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
 as acceptable forms of communication.

 Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
 as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
 reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
 made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, 
 such persons may not be eligible.

 This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
03647LC N/A06-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.