Water Systems Operator I/II/III

  • Water Distribution Operator
  • Spring Valley, California
  • Salary: $30.76 - $44.52 Hourly
  • September 17, 2021

Website Otay Water District

Ideal Candidate
Are you familiar with tools and equipment used in water pumping, storage disinfection, and distribution? Do you have experience working with a potable water distribution system in a public agency? Are you knowledgeable of safety practices such as recognizing hazardous traffic situations that may affect the job site and proper confined space entry? If so, we would like to hear from you.

The Otay Water District offers excellent benefits, a balanced work/life environment and is a leader in the industry.

About the Position and Department
The position may be appointed at any level depending upon qualifications and experience and is part of the Operations Department.  The Water Systems Operator reports directly to the Water Systems Supervisor and is a part of a dedicated, service-oriented team where collaboration and leadership are promoted at all levels.  The position participates in rotational shifts and standby duties as required to meet staffing needs.

The Operations Department is responsible for Utility Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Pump/Electrical, Reclamation Plant Operations, SCADA, and Water System Operations and has a staff of approximately 54 employees.

Applications will be accepted until there are a sufficient number of highly qualified applicants from which to make a selection. However, for the earliest consideration, please submit your application materials by September 17, 2021. For information on the recruitment process, please go to the Employment section of our website www.otaywater.gov or click here.

Examples of Duties 

  • Operates the potable and recycled water distribution systems with supervision by monitoring and adjusting flows from reservoirs, tanks and suppliers.
  • Obtains authorization and enters confined spaces using gas detectors, blowers, harnesses and tripods in accordance with established safety procedures.
  • Reads and records reservoir levels, water supply connections, consumer usage. Checks and monitors system pressures, water flow meters, disinfectant usage, engine hours and fuel consumption, and electrical demands. Checks oil levels and bearing glands. Ensures that customers receive adequate water in volume, pressure, and quality.
  • Checks automatic valves, reservoir levels, and makes adjustments to valves to maintain proper water levels.  Operates valves to redirect flow.
  • Exercises valves for planned shutdowns, or as needed.
  • Inspects pressure stations.
  • Starts, monitors, and regulates pumping facilities, disinfection and other facilities and appurtenances.  Operates automated controls to ensure that water demands are met, as set by customer demands and standard practices.
  • Validates unusual readings by contacting other field personnel for verification. Notifies supervisory or maintenance personnel of apparent unusual conditions.
  • Bypasses portions of the system with supervision during emergencies or planned maintenance shutdowns to maintain system operation and water service.
  • Follows established safe handling procedures for all disinfectants.
  • Checks for proper operation of disinfection equipment. Performs regularly scheduled, or as directed, cleaning of disinfectant facilities.
  • Complete daily, weekly, monthly operational logs as required.
  • Follows all regulatory guidelines and completes documentation.
  • Responds to, investigates and documents water complaints such as water theft, leak detection and notifies customers.
  • Sets up or assists with setup of traffic control signs, cones and barriers to control traffic in accordance with lead or supervisor’s instruction.
  • Participates in rotational shift and standby duties as required which include evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Responds to emergencies as required during and after normal work hours.
  • Operates District vehicles as required.
  • Implement the most efficient and cost effective pumping methods as directed by lead or immediate supervisor.
  • Operates the District’s SCADA system.
  • Performs routine inspection of facilities to maintain a safe and secure work environment.
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities for improvement.

Water System Operator II/III level duties may also include:

  • Conducts final walk-through inspections of new additions prior to District acceptance.
  • Calculates disinfectant usage and demands.
  • Makes feed rate adjustments as required and performs regularly scheduled cleaning and servicing of disinfection station and equipment.
  • Reports operating problems and needed repairs in accordance with established procedures.

For the complete job description of each level go to the Employment section of our website or click here.

Required Licenses and/or Certifications

  • All levels require a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a safe driving record.

Water Systems Operator I

  • California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Grade I Certificate.

Water Systems Operator II

  • California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Grade II Certificate.

Water Systems Operator III

  • California State Water Resources Control Board Water Distribution Operator Grade III Certificate.

Minimum Experience, Education, and Training Requirements 

  • All levels require a High School Diploma or a G.E.D. The Water Systems Operator III also requires training in water, wastewater and irrigation technology.

Water Systems Operator I

  • One (1) year of experience in semi-skilled or skilled work in construction, working mechanical devices or a maintenance related field preferably in a water or wastewater agency.

Water Systems Operator II

  • One (1) year of experience in the monitoring and operation of a water distribution system.  This experience is specific to field operations of a potable water distribution system and does not include maintenance activities, such as installing or repairing pipelines, appurtenances or meters.

Water Systems Operator III

  • Two (2) years of experience in the monitoring and operation of a potable water distribution system for a public agency or 1 year experience equivalent to a Water Systems Operator II.  This experience is specific to field operations of a potable water distribution system and does not include maintenance activities, such as installing or repairing pipelines, appurtenances or meters.

This position is subject to random drug testing during employment.

This is an hourly, non-exempt position.

Otay Water District is a Smoking, Tobacco and Nicotine Free Campus. 

All Otay Water District employees are at-will pursuant to California Water Code, Section 71362.

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