WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATOR
Under direction, operates, adjusts, regulates, and maintains plant
machines and equipment to purify and clarify water for human
consumption and industrial use; 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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Operates and controls electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate
flow of raw water into treatment plant.
Dumps specified amounts of chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia,
and lime into water or adjusts automatic devices that admit specified
amounts of chemicals into tanks to disinfect, deodorize, and clarify
Starts agitators to mix chemicals and allow impurities to settle to
bottom of tank.
Turns valves to regulate water through filter beds to remove
Pumps purified water into water mains.
Monitors panelboard and adjusts controls to regulate flow rates, loss
of head pressure and water elevation, and distribution of water.
Cleans tanks and filter beds using backwashing (reverse flow of
Repairs and lubricates machines and equipment using handtools
and power tools.
Tests water samples to determine acidity, color, and impurities using
colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.
Dumps chemicals such as alum into tanks to coagulate impurities
and to reduce acidity.
Records data such as residual content of chemicals, water turbidity,
and water pressure.
May perform minor repairs such as replacing packing in pumps or
valves and/or replacing bearings in motors and pumps, lubricating
machines, and equipment.
May operate primary pumping equipment to transfer raw water
to treatment plant or to distribute treated water to residential,
commercial, or industrial establishments.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and computerized information
systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
One (1) year of experience in operating, adjusting, regulating,
repairing, and maintaining electric motors, pumps, valves,
and other electrical and mechanical equipment of the type used
in a water treatment plant, pumping station, or filtration plant.
NOTE: Appointees may be required to complete other
job-related training courses, as required by the Appointing Authority.
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 NJ Department of
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 AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the purpose and operation of varied equipment found
in a water treatment plant such as pumps, valves, and gauges.
Knowledge of methods used in operating, adjusting, and regulating
alum and lime feeders, chemical feed machines and chlorinators,
purification machines, water pumps, filters, and flowmeters.
Knowledge of methods used in regulating amounts of water and
pumping it into a distribution system or storage tanks.
Knowledge of the location and functions of all equipment present
in the plant.
Knowledge of techniques used in collecting water samples and in
conducting and recording standard bacteriological analysis of water.
Knowledge of methods used in replacement of packing in pumps
and valves, replacement of bearings in motors and pumps, and
of equipment lubrication.
Knowledge of techniques used in conducting other tests using
colorimeter, turbidimeter, and conductivity meter.
Knowledge of arithmetic operations used in determining correct
amounts of chemicals (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division of whole numbers).
Knowledge of precautions to be observed when handling chemical
Knowledge of water treatment processes including but not limited
to ammoniation, deflouridation, chlorination, and so forth.
Ability to work under general direction and to follow a prescribed
Ability to do work that is repetitive but requires strict adherence to
Ability to check operations throughout a shift and to record various
data according to established format.
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 perform minor maintenance such as oiling and greasing,
cleaning and replacing gaskets and piping, and replacing packing.
Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time.
Ability to climb.
Ability to turn valves and controls.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the 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:
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.