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Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III

Company: City of Poway, CA
Location: Poway
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:



Water Treatment Plant Operator I: $26.4196 - $32.1132

Water Treatment Plant Operator II: $29.8914 - $36.3326

Water Treatment Plant Operator III: $33.8194 - $41.1070

Due to a recent retirement, the City of Poway has opened a recruitment for Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III. This dynamic team provides safe drinking water to the residents and businesses of Poway. This is a great opportunity to advance your career in the water industry while serving the community.

Under immediate, direct, or general supervision, Water Treatment Plant Operators operate equipment, facilities, and related appurtenances involved in the monitoring, regulation, maintenance, and operation of a conventional water treatment plant using coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, and chlorination. Water Treatment Plant Operators perform routine water quality laboratory analysis and adjust chemicals to comply with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. They operate and maintain plant equipment including pumps, motors, valves, chemical feed systems, and filters to maintain adequate production and reserves. Water Treatment Plant Operators assist with preventive maintenance and make repairs to plant facilities and equipment; monitor water distribution system infrastructure, wastewater lift stations and potable/reclaimed pumping and storage systems and report deficiencies; and perform related work as required.

Incumbents in this position receive immediate, direct, or general supervision from the Water Treatment Plant Supervisor or assigned supervisor. May exercise technical and functional supervision over lower-level staff.

Key Responsibilities

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Operates the City's water treatment facility and distribution system using electronic and computer control systems called Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and revises equipment settings as appropriate; interprets gauges, meters, charts, and graphs; operates pumps, valves, motors, and related equipment; inspects plant equipment; notifies supervisor of unusual situations, and makes inspections or corrects system problems as necessary.
  • Monitors the distribution system via SCADA to maintain adequate reservoir levels, meet system demands, ensure adequate fire protection, and address distribution water quality concerns. Also complies with all Federal, State and Local regulations.
  • Monitors Water Treatment Plant operations, equipment, and processes to ensure safe and ascetically acceptable drinking water is being produced in compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.
  • Optimizes the treatment process efficiencies, properly responds to alarms and satisfies the distribution system demands; advises system technicians and mechanics of potential problems and alarms; coordinates activities with system technicians and mechanics.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance to the Water Treatment Plant equipment, such as electric motors, engines, gas and electric powered pumps, air compressors, emergency systems, power generation systems, pressure and flow regulators, analyzers, filters, chemical feed systems, and blowers; reports the need for repairs to equipment, machinery, and electrical and electronic systems.
  • Makes minor repairs to equipment and assists Utility Systems Maintenance staff with major repair work as needed.
  • Performs routine maintenance and painting of machinery, structures, equipment, and piping systems; operators may be required to perform minor weed control maintenance at the Water Treatment Plant and the Dam facility.
  • Performs surface inspections on the Clear Well cover and reports any concerns to supervisor.
  • Performs chemical calculations and volumetric checks to determine and ensure proper dosage of chemicals.
  • Uses chemicals properly and handles them safely according to industry standards.
  • Performs analysis for parameters such as chlorine, turbidity, pH and odor.
  • Performs field water quality monitoring at sample sites and reservoirs.
  • Boosts residual as needed in distribution reservoirs to maintain water quality.
  • Determines chemical, laboratory reagent and other product usage in the Water Treatment Plant and places orders for these products.
  • Calibrates and/or repairs online and bench water analyzing instrumentation to ensure proper operation.
  • Submits work requests for repairs to water treatment and distribution system equipment; completes requests for repairs to sewer, street, drainage, and parks infrastructure during after hours dispatch duty.
  • Assists in determining chemicals, laboratory reagents, and equipment needed for budget purposes.
  • Inspects and repairs water treatment filters; analyzes and measures filter media to determine compliance with design specifications; replaces and/or adds as needed.
  • Monitors phone and radio systems and responds or dispatches appropriate personnel to resolve water, sewer, street, or drainage problems throughout the City after normal business hours and weekends.
  • Performs periodic water quality and visual inspections of Lake Poway and reports any cases of non-native plant species and mussels.
  • Maintains accurate records of gauge reading, level sensors data, flow meter values, chemical usage, and lab results to be utilized in compiling comprehensive and accurate reports.
  • Participates in safety training and exercises; implements safe working habits based on safety training and through the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions.
  • Responds to after-hours emergencies.
  • Maintains attendance and punctuality that is observant of scheduled hours on a regular basis.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements/License or Certificates Required


Water Treatment Plant Operator I: One year of experience in a water-related field and/or mechanical/electrical repair and maintenance position.

Water Treatment Plant Operator II: One year of experience equivalent to Water Treatment Plant Operator I in the City of Poway. If the City recruits through an open competitive recruitment, two years of experience equivalent to Water Treatment Plant Operator I is required.

Water Treatment Plant Operator III: Two years of experience equivalent to Water Treatment Plant Operator II in the City of Poway If the City recruits through an open competitive recruitment, two years experience equivalent to Water Treat Plant Operator II is required.


Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III: Equivalent to the completion of the 12th grade supplemented by specialized training in water treatment operations. Additional college level coursework in water treatment, water distribution, chemistry, biology, or a related field is desirable. Education and training required to obtain Grade I - III certifications through the State Water Resources Control Board as outlined below.

Licenses and Certifications:

Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III:

  • Valid California class C driver's license with satisfactory driving record.
  • Possess and maintain valid CPR and First Aid Certificates.

Water Treatment Plant Operator I:

  • Possess and maintain a valid Grade I Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate (T-1) issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board, and obtain T-2 certification within two consecutive test cycles.
  • Ability to obtain SCBA/Fitness Testing, Asbestos Handling, Confined Space, Fork Lift Certificates.

Water Treatment Plant Operator II:

  • Possess and maintain a valid Grade II Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate (T-2) issued by State Water Resources Control Board, and obtain Grade III Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate (T-3) within four consecutive test cycles.
  • Possess and maintain valid SCBA/Fitness Testing, Asbestos Handling, Confined Space, Fork Lift Certificates.

Water Treatment Plant Operator III:

  • Possess and maintain a valid Grade III Water Treatment Plant Operator Certificate (T-3) issued by the State Water Resources Control Board
  • Possess and maintain valid SCBA/Fitness Testing, Asbestos Handling, Confined Space, Fork Lift Certificates.

Physical Demands

Must possess mobility to work in a standard water treatment plant and related facilities; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work, to work in confined spaces, around machines and to climb and descend ladders, and operate varied hand and power tools and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; color vision to read gauges and identify appurtenances; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. The job involves frequent walking in operational areas to identify problems or hazards. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, reach, and climb to perform work and inspect work sites. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 100 pounds, or heavier weights with assistance and/or with the use of proper equipment.

Environmental Elements

Employees work inside a water treatment plant and in the field and are exposed to loud noise levels, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, confining workspace, chemicals, mechanical and/or electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives and contractors in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Working Conditions

May be required to be on-call and to work various or rotating shifts or emergencies on evenings, weekends, and holidays. In case of a Citywide emergency or natural disaster, employees in this class may be required to serve as an Emergency Responder.

Examination Process

A completed NeoGov application, including supplemental questions, must be submitted through NeoGov for consideration by the application deadline. Application materials will not be accepted separate from NeoGov or after the deadline.


Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant training, education and experience as presented in the application and supplemental questions. The process may include interviews and/or performance tests. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligibility list established, which will be in effect for a period of up to six months. A background investigation including LIVESCAN fingerprinting and a verification of a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles may be required. All appointments are also subject to the successful completion of a pre-placement physical examination that includes a drug screening. Applicants will be required to submit verification of the legal right to work in the United States. The City of Poway participates in E-Verify. All employees are required by law to sign a loyalty oath to the United States and the State of California Constitution at time of hire.

Keywords: City of Poway, CA, Poway , Water Treatment Plant Operator I/II/III, Other , Poway, California

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