Valley County Water District
Treatment & Production Operator II
VALLEY COUNTY WATER DISTRICT
JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION
TREATMENT & PRODUCTION OPERATOR II
Salary: $6,402- $8,400
Under direction from the Treatment & Production Supervisor, performs a variety of experienced, skilled, and journey-leveled duties in monitoring, regulating, maintaining, and operating all water production and water treatment facilities, including the Baldwin Park Operable Unit (BPOU) Treatment Facility; serves in the capacity of Shift Plant Operator for the BPOU Treatment Facility as required under the operating permit issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Boards); ensures treated water meets all compliance requirements for potable water delivery and consumption; and performs related duties as required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and other responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following, which will apply to all District water production and water treatment facilities, including all equipment and processes operated at the BPOU Treatment Facility:
1. Responsible for the appropriate and safe operation and maintenance of all water production and water treatment facilities, such as production wells, booster pumps, reservoirs, stand-by power generators, treatment vessels, air strippers, ion-exchange mechanisms, ultra-violet technologies, chemical feed equipment, and transmission pipelines; collects samples and monitors overall water quality parameters of raw influent, partially treated, and fully treated water using various laboratory testing equipment and chemical components; performs mathematical calculations of water production and water treatment facility operational quantity and flow.
2. Operates water production and water treatment facilities by regulating water flow and pressure throughout the distribution system using control valves, production wells, booster pump stations, reservoirs, and computer control systems, such as the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA); reads and records gauges, meters, charts, and graphs; inspects water production and water treatment facility equipment to ensure proper functioning; reports any required water production and water treatment equipment maintenance activity to the Treatment & Production Supervisor.
3. Monitors the distribution system, adjusts production wells, controls pump stations, and exercises valves for emergency and scheduled shutdowns; maintains flow and pressure using booster pumps to control water level in reservoirs and at other critical points throughout the distribution system; troubleshoots, diagnoses, and corrects control system malfunctions; reports any and all changes in water production and water treatment facility operations to the Treatment & Production Supervisor.
4. Determines daily water system demand and makes adjustments to the water production and/or water treatment facility operation to satisfy that demand; prepares daily water production reports for review by the Treatment & Production Supervisor.
5. Tests chemical residuals to calculate and determine the proper dosage of such chemicals to ensure the water served is compliant with all aspects of the District’s Operating Permits and Operating Permit Amendments issued by the Water Boards, and that the drinking water is safe for public consumption.
6. Receives chemical shipments, monitors chemical unloading processes, and reports chemical deliveries to the Treatment & Production Operator III; reviews shipments for chemical standards compliance; checks chemical alarms; inspects chemical feed equipment for leaks; completes any required maintenance to chemical injection and/or chemical feed systems.
7. Assists assigned contractors in the maintenance and repair of mechanical and electrical equipment at water production and water treatment facilities; performs routine preventative maintenance and servicing of mechanical and electrical equipment at water production and water treatment facilities.
8. Assists in collecting water samples including, but not limited to, bacteriological (Bac-T), heterotrophic plate count (HPC), general mineral, general physical, volatile organic compound (VOC), nitrate, perchlorate, and other regulated constituents/contaminants; delivers the collected samples to the District’s contracted laboratory for testing and reporting.
9. May assist with the training of other Treatment & Production operators.
10. Operates a vehicle to travel to various District facilities.
11. Performs after-hours emergency work, as required, and is subject to 24-hour on-call duties.
1. Maintains appearance of District facilities including, but not limited to, production well buildings, booster pump buildings, reservoirs, and chlorine buildings.
DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Operational principles of pumps, valves, electric motors, diesel engines, and electronic, computerized, and manual control systems.
- Functions and servicing requirements of the equipment operated at water production and water treatment facilities.
- Principles, practices, and methods of operating a modern potable water production and water treatment facility.
- State and Federal laws and regulations regarding the production, treatment, storage, and transmission of potable water, including the CDPH Safe Drinking Water Act and relevant Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulations.
- Computer applications related to water production and water treatment operations, including SCADA.
- Principles, methods, practices, and techniques utilized in chemical, bacteriological, and biological analyses.
- Water production and water treatment facility operations and maintenance manuals.
- District and OSHA safety regulations associated with water production and water treatment facility operations.
- Operate a wide variety of pump, treatment, control, and transmission equipment, including digital control equipment.
- Operate and maintain a variety of hand and power tools used in water production and water treatment facility operations.
- Accurately read meters, gauges, valve books, blueprints, and schematic drawings.
- Prepare and maintain accurate records and reports.
- Work independently, as required, depending on daily assignments provided by the Treatment & Production Supervisor.
- Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with all District employees and vendors.
- Apply proper safety practices and procedures throughout the course of work.
Training and Experience:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from high school or GED equivalent; and four years of progressively responsible experience in the operation of water production and water treatment facilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience, including the ability to operate and maintain a water production and water treatment facility with limited supervision.
Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Proof of a satisfactory driving record as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents for at least two – (2) years duration, and maintenance of insurability by the District’s insurance carrier.
Water Boards Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator (T3) certificate.
Water Boards Grade 2 Water Distribution Operator (D2) certificate.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this class with reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis and depends, in part, on the specific requirements for the job, the limitations related to the disability, and the ability of the hiring department to accommodate the limitation.
1. Must be able to carry, push, pull, reach, and lift equipment and parts weighing 40 pounds.
2. Stoops, kneels, and climbs during regular duties.
3. Works in an environment with exposure to dust, dirt, and significant temperature changes.
4. Walks on uneven ground for extended periods of time.