Water Systems Operator

West Valley Water District | Rialto, CA

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Posted Date 6/17/2019
Description


$42,016 - $83,117

Under general supervision of the Supervising Water Systems Operator and close supervision of the Lead Water Systems Operator, operates and maintains District equipment and facilities for sourcing, treatment and the distribution of drinking water to Its service areas. Performs a full range of water system duties which include but are not limited to operating and maintaining wells, wellhead treatment systems, reservoirs, surface water treatment plants, booster pump stations, transmission and distribution pipeline, and related equipment and facilities. Examples of duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: installing, operating and maintaining water mains, valves, hydrants, service lines, meters, booster pumps, and all other facilities of the District; weed abatement; painting of District structures; marking mains and services for Underground Service Alerts; flushing the distribution system: exercising fire hydrants and valves; raising valve boxes; monitoring and controlling flows and pressures in the distribution system; monitoring and controlling treatment processes to achieve desired water quality objectives; and, performing related duties and responsibilities as assigned.Every operator is required to serve in “on call” duty assignments on a rotating basis.
 
Assistant Water Systems Operator – This is a training level job classification and not a permanent employment position in the job classification series. Employees must show constant progress in learning and performing the duties and responsibilities of a journey level operator and in achieving the educational and certification requirements to promote to Water Systems Operator I within a maximum of two years. Unsatisfactory performance can result in termination at any time before the two years probationary period is completed. Appointment to this job class requires the completion of two college courses in water distribution, water treatment, wastewater treatment or collection systems. No experience in water/wastewater systems operations is required. 
 
Water Systems Operator I –  This is the second level in the Water Systems Operator job class series. This is a permanent full time position. Appointment to this position requires possession of: SWRCB Certifications issued for Grade I Water Treatment Plant Operator and Grade I Water Distribution Systems Operator; one year of operations experience in water or wastewater systems; and, the completion of four colleges courses in water distribution, water treatment, wastewater treatment or collection systems. A Water Systems Operator I must show constant progress in learning and performing the duties and responsibilities of a journey level operator and in achieving the educational and certification requirements to promote to Water Systems Operator II within a maximum of two years. 
 
Water Systems Operator II –  This is the third level in the Water Systems Operator job class series. Appointment to this position requires possession of: SWRCB Certifications issued for Grade II Water Treatment Plant Operator and Grade II Water Distribution Systems Operator; two years of operations experience in water or wastewater systems; and, the completion of six colleges courses in water distribution, water treatment, wastewater treatment or collection systems. A Water Systems Operator II must show constant progress in learning and performing the duties and responsibilities of a journey level operator and in achieving the educational and certification requirements to promote to Water Systems Operator III within a maximum of two years. 
 
Water Systems Operator III –  This is the journey level position in the Water Systems Operator job class series. Appointment to this position requires possession of: SWRCB Certifications issued for Grade III Water Treatment Plant Operator and Grade III Water Distribution Systems Operator; three years of operations experience in water or wastewater systems; and, the completion of eight college courses in water distribution, water treatment, wastewater treatment or collection systems. A Water Systems Operator III must show constant progress in learning, performing and staying abreast of changes for executing all duties and responsibilities District operators perform and in achieving the educational and certification requirements to promote to Lead Water Systems Operator. 
 
In addition to achieving SWRCB Certifications and completing water related college courses as a condition of maintaining employment, Water Systems Operators at all levels are responsible for achieving specialty education and training certifications as well as the state and industry licenses required to execute the duties and responsibilities of the jobs they are assigned to perform. These include and are not limited to: Class “A” Driver’s License issued by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles; Cal OSHA certifications; County Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention Device certifications; equipment operator certifications; AWWA certifications; and others. 
 
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities 
 

  • Water main disinfection, well disinfection, disinfectant by-products, chlorine curve chemistry, storage reservoir disinfection, and types of disinfectants.
  • Distribution system layout, storage facilities, cross-connection and backflow devices, service connections, systems map, assess system demand, flow rates and velocity, head loss, cavitation, water hammer, water pressure and volume, static and dynamic pressure.
  • Disinfection-by-product rule, lead and copper rule, MCLs, monitoring and sampling requirements, public notification, safe drinking act, total coliform rule, operator certification regulations, emergency response planning, maintenance plan, water conservation planning and water rates.
  • Valves, water meters, hydrants, chemical feeders, corrosion, power generators, SCADA, pump types, uses, and sizes, troubleshoot and repair pumps and motors, water horsepower, inspection of water mains, piping, storage tanks, and equipment installation and repair.
  • Cleaning and maintenance, excavation, installation, and repair, joints and fittings, leak detection and repair, pipe selection, and service line installation.
  • Watershed protection, wells/groundwater, surface water/reservoirs, raw water storage, clear well storage, and unidirectional flushing.
  • Coagulation/flocculation/sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, corrosion control, taste and odor, iron and manganese removal, fluoridation, and BAT (Best Available Technology)
  • Chemical feeders, pumps and motors, blowers and compressors, water meters, pressure gauges, instrumentation, and electrical generators.
  • Sampling, general lab practices, disinfectant analysis, alkalinity analysis, pH analysis, turbidity analysis, specific conductance, hardness, fluoride analysis, color analysis, taste and odor analysis, and microbiological analysis.
  • California waterworks standards, safe drinking water act and amendments, surface water treatment rule and amendments, primary contaminants, secondary contaminants, lead and copper rule, and total coliform rule.

 
Essential duties and Responsibilities
 

  • Performs the daily activities and operations of the District’s Water Filtration and Treatment Plant in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
  • Authorizes plant start ups, shut downs, and emergency repairs in the absence of the Chief Plant Operator. 
  • Takes appropriate water analyses and has authority to make decisions and direct support personnel in maintaining operations of the District Water Filtration and Treatment Plant during his/her assigned shift.
  • Participates in the work of operators engaged in the preventative maintenance of the Water Filtration Treatment Plant and related equipment.
  • Assists in scheduling equipment maintenance and overseeing on-site contractor’s performance.
  • Inspects, operates, and maintains a variety of equipment; makes operating adjustments as needed.
  • Takes, tests, and records regular water samples; assists with special water quality testing.
  • Maintains and operates disinfection equipment and makes chemical adjustments as necessary; responds to all chlorine alarms as a member of the District's Emergency Response Team.
  • Checks, and records meters and other gauges; adjusts and calibrates instruments; takes and logs a variety of readings.
  • Accounts for materials and equipment, including ordering and maintaining chemical and water treatment supply inventory.
  • Prepares and reviews all related reports; maintains historical reports and water quality results in an organized manner.
  • Assists in the review of plans, specifications, and regulatory requirements.
  • Assists in the preparation of the District’s Consumer Confidence Report.
  • Assists in the monitoring and maintaining water quality of the water system.
  • Prepares yearly water analysis schedule in accordance with State of California, Title 22 Regulations, and Environmental Protection Agency Regulations. 
  • Schedules, prepares and performs a variety of weekly and monthly collections of bacteriological samples and Perchlorate samples of the water distribution system in accordance with the State of California, Title 22 Regulations.
  • Coordinates the Lead and Copper Program including customer notifications, collection of samples and coordination with the laboratory. 
  • Prepares water quality reports; participates in preparation of the District’s Business Plan for District’s various treatment systems, plants, and wells.
  • Participates in performing daily inspection, operation and maintenance of the District’s pumping equipment and boosters to ensure an adequate supply of water in reservoirs and the District water system.
  • Performs daily inspection and maintenance of District reservoirs.
  • Checks and records meters and other gauges; analyzes and resolves routine to complex issues independently. 
  • Conducts regular measuring of the depth of all active and inactive District wells. 
  • Checks and adds oil to pumps and engines, greases bearings, and performs a variety of other routine preventative maintenance work on pump engines and equipment; listens for and analyzes noises or vibrations; analyzes and resolves routine to complex issues independently. 
  • Inspects and lubricates booster and well pumps; inspects and sets switches; tightens and adjusts pump packing glands and mechanical seals; removes and replaces or repairs small valves.
  • Maintains all well head treatment facilities; takes bacteriological samples of active District wells; computes daily and monthly readings. 
  • Operates District’s SCADA system. 
  • Schedules service and maintenance of the District’s automatic valves.
  • Performs a variety of construction, maintenance, and repair work on pump houses and facilities; performs weed abatement around all pump buildings.
  • Collects samples for water quality testing; performs chlorinating and/or flushing to reach the proper residuals or water quality.
  • Orders equipment, parts and supplies including chlorine and oil.
  • Participates in the work of crews engaged in the installation, maintenance, and repair of water mains, valves, hydrants, services, meters and booster pumps.
  • Ensures proper shoring of trenches and safety practices. 
  • Operates and trains others in the use of equipment such as trucks, heavy equipment, air compressors, jackhammers, and a variety of power and hand tools.
  • Digs and backfills trenches; lays pipe and drills and taps water mains; Locates, taps, and installs new customer services; makes skilled fittings and connections.
  • Turns on and off water services; cleans mains and flushes the water system.
  • Locates and marks water lines for contractors and District crews.
  • Investigates leaks and reports service interruptions; repairs valves and insures that they are working properly.
  • Advises customers of leaks and suggests how to resolve the problems; informs customers of water shut offs for repairs.
  • Performs a variety of related welding, carpentry, fencing, painting and graffiti removal. 
  • Cuts and places concrete and asphalt.
  • Sets up traffic control in accordance with safety standards; flags and directs traffic.
  • Locates and installs sprinkler systems; performs ground maintenance, tree trimming and weed abatement; monitors pressure and gravity irrigation systems.
  • Raises valve boxes that have been paved over. 
  • Participates in reading water meters in an assigned area using handheld reading devices and/or an Automated Meter Reader (AMR).  Responsible for providing the collected information to the Billing Department for processing.
  • Participates in sequencing of routes.
  • Installs, tests and calibrates new or replacement water meters and ensures they are registering properly; assigns sequencing number for new installations to place in right order on meter reading route. 
  • Retrofits and replaces meters as part of meter replacement program; cleans in and around meter boxes; performs re-builds and routine maintenance on meters; repairs service line leaks, repairs meter leaks and replaces meter box lids.
  • Repairs and replaces shut-off valves and angle valves; performs main line shut downs with supervisor approval.
  • Turns water service on and off for customers and hangs tags, both during normal working hours and after hours; interprets and explains District policy on late or non-payment of water bills.
  • Responds to customer inquiries at their home or business, including answering questions regarding meter leaks, water pressure, water quality, or high consumption readings; performs water audits to assess water utilization patterns of customers.
  • Inspects installation and operation of water meters at construction sites. 
  • Exercises safety precautions in the course of obtaining meter readings. 
  • Performs initial on-site inspection of suspected tampering or unauthorized use of water meter and reports such activity. 
  • Repairs and replaces shut-off valves. 
  • Performs underground service alerts.
  • Performs a variety of complex and highly skilled water system repairs and maintenance, as needed or assigned.
  • Serves “on call” on a rotating basis and remains subject to overtime with fellow water system operators.
  • Maintains assigned District vehicle including servicing and periodic safety checks.
  • Participates in District safety meetings.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.

 Physical Tasks and Environmental Conditions
 
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions on a case-by-case basis.  
 
While performing the duties of this classification, an incumbent is regularly required to stand; use hands and fingers to handle, or feel; and talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk and to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to one-hundred (100) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  
 
Article 3.306
Advancement in salary is not automatic.  It should be considered a reward for meritorious service.  The General Manager may authorize the advancement of an employee who has performed twelve (12) months continuous satisfactory service.
 
An employee who furthers his/her knowledge in the field or employment may become eligible for consideration of a salary review by the General Manager.  The General Manager may authorize reimbursement to the employee for cost of tuition, registration fees, required text books, certification costs and other related charges upon proof of receiving a passing grade, and /or certificate, whichever may be appropriate or both.
 
THIS POSITION MAY BE ELIMINATED, OR THE DUTIES, QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING REQUIRED CHANGED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND/OR THE GENERAL MANAGER, WHEN IN THEIR JUDGEMENT, IT IS CONSIDERED NECESSARY AND PROPER FOR THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE DISTRICT.
 

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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