Water Plant Operator

  • 009135

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision follows a defined training program in water treatment to a certified operator, performs daily tasks and maintenance of the water facility, and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Receives training assignments from the Lead Operator.
  • Checks the condition of the water plant at the beginning of the assigned shift by reviewing logs and notes.
  • Assists or performs analysis of incoming water and outgoing water to ensure proper quality.
  • Make adjustments necessary to maintain quality as directed.
  • Checks levels of sludge thickener to ensure consistent feed of sludge waste polymer.
  • Checks the depth of sludge in the basins to ensure proper levels are maintained.
  • Performs regular tests for leaks of chlorine and other dangerous chemicals.
  • Backwashes filters to ensure proper filtration by removing trapped particulate.
  • Observes, trains, and assists in performing preventive and emergency maintenance on equipment.


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of water systems.
  • Knowledge of the proper methods and techniques used in cleaning, repairing, and maintaining water systems equipment.
  • Knowledge of the federal, state, and local rules, regulations, policies and procedures regarding the operation and administration of water systems.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Skill in operating water systems machinery in a safe and capable manner.
  • Skill in using hand and power tools.
  • Skill in the proper use of hazardous chemicals.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain required certification as a water plant operator.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to follow safety practices and recognizes hazards.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves performing moderate work in all types of weather. There is occasional need to stand, stoop, walk, lift moderately heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED and one (1) year related experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Must possess State of Florida Water Treatment Plant Operator Class C certification. A valid Florida driver’s license and CDL is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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