DEPARTMENT: WATER TREATMENT PLANT
JOB TITLE: WATER PLANT OPERATOR A, B, OR C/GAS CONTROL
JOB DESCRIPTION: Under occasional supervision, operates the CPW water plant to produce potable water that meets or exceeds the requirements of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in sufficient quantities to meet the demands of the system served. Monitors and adjusts gas usage as necessary to ensure compliance with transporter and supplier contracts and to maintain adequate pressure to sustain the gas distribution system. Receives, responds to and/or dispatches customer calls regarding problems related to water, electric and gas utilities. Performs related technical work as required. Reports to the Water Plant Superintendent.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Requires a high school diploma or GED equivalent supplemented by three years of progressively responsible experience in water plant operations, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must possess Class A, B, or C Water Operator Certification.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
• Collects and analyzes water samples as required by DHEC and EPA as scheduled or directed. Analyses include pH, turbidity, alkalinity, hardness, taste, odor, temperature, bacterial content, metal content, ammonia/fluoride/chlorine content, zeta and jar testing to determine appropriate chemical dosages.
• Prepares laboratory analysis chemicals for use in testing; standardizes laboratory equipment.
• Monitors and adjusts gas usage as necessary to ensure compliance with transporter and supplier contracts and to maintain adequate pressure to sustain the gas distribution system. Reports daily usage to and orders gas from transporter as scheduled or requested.
• Performs frequent plant and equipment inspections to ensure safe and proper operations. Performs monthly generator tests as required by power company.
• Plans and adjusts raw and finished water flow rates, and changes chemical dosages as required by the rate changes.
• Adjusts and maintains pre-treatment and post-treatment chemical dosages as required.
• Adds carbon as a pretreatment chemical as raw water conditions require.
• Backwashes filters, drains settling basins as scheduled or as conditions require.
• Pumps sludge holding basin wastewater to appropriate location for recycling or disposal; pumps sludge form holding basins to thickeners. Monitors sludge blanket levels and thickener levels. Pours sludge from thickeners to drying beds.
• Observes flocculation and settling conditions.
• Changes chlorine cylinders as needed; maintains chlorine cylinder yolks and associated piping.
• Alternates chemical feed pumps routinely.
• Receives and unloads chemicals from suppliers.
• Performs general maintenance and housekeeping duties as needed.
• Receives and responds to customer calls related to emergency and non-emergency problems with water, electric and gas utilities; dispatches on-call personnel as needed.
• Maintains a range of records and reports, including testing analyses and worksheets, chain of custody, calibration forms, inventory records, gas control flow worksheet, daily operation reports, test logs, equipment maintenance records, reports required by regulatory agencies, etc.
• Communicates water plant activities and concerns to the Water Plant Superintendent.
• Supervises the work of lower-level water plant operators in the absence of the Superintendent or as directed; assists with training activities.
• Maintains certification through the successful completion of continuing education coursework as scheduled.
• Operates a range of plant and laboratory equipment and tools, including but not limited to chlorinators, ammoniators, pumps, filters, valves, feeders, clarifiers, mixers, flocculators, generators, flow transmitters, storage tanks, overhead crane, leak detectors, self-contained breathing apparatus, respirator, two-way radio, computer, incubator, water bath, vacuum pump, filter funnel, turbidimeters, meters, analyzers, microscopes, various hand and power tools, etc. Utilizes a variety of reagents and laboratory instruments and supplies.
• Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the immediate supervisor, co-workers, other department/CPW supervisors and employees, customers, City/County personnel, sales representatives, and the general public.
JOB GRADE (based on certification level): Class C – Grade 13 ($43,257 – $60,561)
Class B – Grade 15 ($45,426 – $63,597)
Class A – Grade 17 ($51,932 – $72,705)
CONTACT: Angie Simpson, HR Director
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
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