Lead Water Treatment & Production Operator

City of Santa Paula | Santa Paula, CA

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Posted Date 3/17/2021

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, leads and coordinates the work of staff responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of the City’s water production and treatment systems.  


The following duties are typical for this classification.  Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth to address business needs and changing business practices. 

  • Leads, plans, trains and reviews the day to day work of water production and treatment staff responsible for the operations and maintenance of the water treatment systems, wells, booster pumping stations, and storage tanks; monitors and ensures compliance with City, State and Federal regulations regarding water systems operations; participates in performing the most complex work of the unit including coordinating and planning work schedules and job assignments.
  • Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including proper water production methods, procedures, techniques and safe handling of equipment and tools.
  • Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
  • Performs inspections and maintenance of the treatment facilities, wells, reservoirs and booster pumping stations to ensure adequate supply of water in the City’s water system.
  • Analyses and resolves routine issues independently; coordinates equipment calibration, and repairs of pumps, valves, wells, and related equipment
  • Validates and verifies the precision and accuracy of water quality processes and control instrumentation used throughout the water treatment process; collects water quality samples; calculates chemical usage; adjusts and maintains chlorinators; performs laboratory test for color, odor, chlorine and other tests as required. 
  • Participates in the inspection and routine preventative maintenance of wells, pumps, motors, chemical equipment and related equipment including lubricating, operating adjustments and cleaning of equipment.
  • Oversees and participates in operation and control of the water system using SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system software.
  • Maintains accurate records and assists in the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports; insures compliance with various permits including the drinking water permit issued by the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Performs the duties and tasks of the Water Treatment Operator.
  • Performs related duties as assigned. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSAny combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 

Education:  High Schools graduate or equivalent supplemented by college course work or trade school training in water systems technology and in the installation, maintenance and repair of water production and distribution systems ; and

Experience:  Three (3) years of experience in the operation and maintenance of a drinking water treatment plant.

License; Certificates; Special Requirements:  Possession of or ability to obtain a California class A license within one year of appointment. Possession of a Grade T2 Water Treatment Plant Operator and Grade D3 Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the State of California Water Resources Control Board.

Incumbents serve “on-call” on a rotating basis and may be required to responds to emergency calls during disasters, weekends, nights and holidays; must respond within 30 minutes of emergency call out. 

Knowledge of: Operations, services and activities of water distribution systems; practices techniques, materials and equipment used in maintenance, operation and repair of water systems and related facilities; methods and techniques of water sampling; methods and techniques; methods and techniques of facility construction, maintenance and repair work; safety practices used in handling, storage and application of chemicals; cross connection control practices for detection of contamination into the water system; geography of the City; occupational hazards and standard safety procedures; pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including Title 22 as it relates to water treatment and distribution.     

Ability to:  Lead, organize and review the work of staff; provide direction and training to less experienced Operators; operate water production equipment including production control and chemical devices; use water testing equipment; perform maintenance and make adjustments to water production equipment; calculate flow rates, water velocity, pressure, and volume of water; convert units of length, flow and pressure; recognize abnormalities is chemical characteristics of water and equipment; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; understand and follow oral and written communications; accurately read and record data from gauges, meters and computerized system; perform routine chemical tests and adjusts equipment accordingly; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; maintain accurate records and prepare reports; work independently; establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Physical and Environmental Demands:  Sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field and office environment; to walk, stand and sit for prolonged periods of time; frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp and make repetitive hand movements in the performance of daily duties and/or strength and agility to lift up to 75 pounds.  The position also requires work outdoors in all weather conditions including wet, hot and cold and may be exposed to pollen, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, odors, gases.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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