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Water Treatment Operator Duties

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This is specialized technical work in the operation of an institutional water treatment system.

An employee in this class is responsible for maintaining the chemical stations and cooling towers associated with the system. Work is performed under close supervision.


Tests water to maintain correct chemical levels; runs tests on condenser water; tests pH, T.S., inhibitor, and algicide chemicals.

Performs maintenance on the chemical station by replacing and repairing pumps, pump heads, valves, chemical lines, diaphragms, motor switches, pump wiring, timers, and controls.

Maintains cooling towers by replacing and repairing box louvers, float valves, and tower caulking; cleans and paints towers periodically; adjusts water flow in distribution boxes.

Keeps reports on chemical use and results of the daily water tests; maintains log books on times and dates of jobs performed; inventories chemical supplies and machinery parts.

Assists other technical personnel when needed.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school, supplemented by training in water treatment procedures, or experience in machinery operation and repair; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and repair of water treatment equipment such as pumps, motors or compressors.

Skill in handling and mixing toxic chemicals for treating water.

Skill in performing standard operational tests.

Ability to read and interpret gauges, meters, and other indicators to determine appropriate chemical content of water.

Ability to keep accurate records and to make reports.

Ability to work effectively with fellow employees.



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