Water Distribution Operator

Monitors and controls water system facilities and equipment manually and/or using information technology to regulate raw water supply and treated water distribution, control hydroelectric power generation and monitor and control water quality; and performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of water distribution systems including major components of pumping plants, reservoirs and rate control valves;
  • Principles, methods and practices of water distribution and energy management within a multiple, complex cascade system;
  • Related equipment servicing and repair; mechanical, electrical and hydraulic principles; safety rules, codes, and regulations including confined space procedures.
  • General knowledge of the uses and principles of computerized electronic equipment in the collection, storage and interpretation of operational data related to monitoring and control of raw water and treated water distribution facilities and equipment;
  • Principles and practices of servicing, repairing and calibrating water distribution system equipment; and current technological developments in water distribution and water quality.
  • Skill in operating water distribution system equipment including automatic control devices and distribution system equipment using advanced SCADA systems techniques and complex analyses or water distribution system requirements; and
  • Maintaining safe and reliable water supply to customers; servicing, repairing and calibrating plant equipment.

Experience Requirements

  • Typical educational experience is equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade, supplemented by completion of six college semester units (or two 36 hour courses) in the fundamentals of water supply principles or other specialized training accepted by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) towards the D3 Operator Certificate and either:
    • 30 months of experience in water distribution system operation, at least 6 months of which was as a D3 certified Water Distribution Operator; or,
    • Three years of distribution system operation experience, at least 6 months of which must have been as a D3 certified operator at a D3 or higher facility.
  • An Associates Degree with a major in water or wastewater technology or distribution that included at least 15 units physical, chemical, or biological science may be substituted for one year of the required general distribution system operator experience under either of the above qualifying experience patterns.  A Bachelor’s degree with a major in civil, environmental, or sanitary engineering, one of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or other closely related field may be substituted for two years of the required general distribution system operator experience under either of the above qualifying experience patterns.

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