Water Distribution Operator

City of Redlands | Redlands, CA

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Posted Date 5/27/2020

Under immediate or general supervision, performs a variety of duties involved in the operation and maintenance of the Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department's potable and non-potable/recycled water distribution system, and sewer collection system; and performs related duties as required.

$21.33 - $25.93 Hourly

Stated salary does not include additional certification pay.

  • Participates in the operations and maintenance of the water distribution and sewer collection system;
  • Drives, operates, and maintains equipment, tools, and vehicles;
  • Follows proper and safe procedures and practices in all facets of the distribution and sewer collection facilities infrastructure;
  • Responds tactfully and effectively to customer inquiries and complaints;
  • Assists in ensuring timely completion of preventative maintenance programs;
  • Requisitions necessary tools, equipment, and supplies;
  • Adheres to all safety programs and practices in work methods, procedures, rules, regulations, codes, safe work habits and the potential hazards presented by the work environment;
  • Performs additional construction and maintenance tasks including concrete work, truck driving, and a variety of installation and repair activities;
  • Maintains and updates a variety of records, logs, reports, and maps;
  • Welds, fabricates, and assembles parts and equipment for City utility operations as job knowledge and experience increases; and
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned

When assigned to U.S.A. Program:

  • Assumes responsibility for daily operation, maintenance, and record keeping of the Underground Service Alert Program;
  • Locates main lines, water lines, and service lines as needed for City staff, contractors, and other utility companies in conformance with marking criteria and time requirements of government code 4216; and
  • Performs water main line and water service line leak detection.

When assigned to Customer Service:

  • Performs minor maintenance and installation of meters and water meter boxes;
  • Installs and removes water meters and repairs minor leaks;
  • Performs special meter reads, checks malfunctioning meters, and investigates water pressure complaints;
  • Notifies customers of upcoming meter shut-offs for non-payment of bill;
  • Turns off and locks water service for non-payment of bills; and
  • Inspects new meter installations for proper setting, verifies meter numbers and reads.

When assigned as Water Line/Fire Specialist

  • Maintains, repairs, and replaces fire hydrants, valves, and related parts;
  • Inspects fire hydrants, troubleshoots and identifies low flow problems, determines nature and origin of problems and assess possible solutions;
  • Maintains the general appearance of fire hydrants; and
  • Performs fire hydrant flow test, records flow data, interprets the meaning of various indicators and makes appropriate adjustments as necessary.


  • One year of experience in performing general construction or mechanical equipment maintenance work involving the use of hand and power tools and the operation of light trucks.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Courses in water technology is highly desirable.

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver's license.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class B Commercial driver's license with tanker endorsement, or must obtain within 6 months of appointment.  
  • Possession and maintenance of  California Department of Public Health Water Distribution Operator Grade D1 Certificate, or must obtain within 9 months.
  • Possession and maintenance of California Department of Public Health Water Treatment Operator Grade T1 Certificate is desireable.

Special Requirements:

  • May be required to participate in standby/on call program.
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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