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Posted on: March 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Water Operator


Basic Function

Under the direction of the Water Distribution or Production Supervisor as assigned, or acting crew leader or more senior operator, maintains and repairs the water production and distribution system to include all appurtenances; assures the water supplied to consumers is safe.  

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Water Operators are cross-trained to support production or distribution.  Position at hire will be specified and employees will be notified in advance of change in focus.
  • Apprentice level is an entry level position that performs assigned duties under direct supervision.
  • Journey level positions are specialized in the maintenance and repairs of the water distribution system and production repairs and maintenance can accomplish most routine tasks with minimal direction or supervision.
  • Senior level operators are more technically advanced and may serve in a lead capacity.

Essential Functions

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
  • The incumbent shall work well under pressure; meeting multiple and sometimes competing deadlines.   
  • The incumbent shall at all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors.
  • The incumbent shall provide good customer service to customer who experience water quality or billing concerns.
  • Performs repair and maintenance activities of the municipal water distribution system to ensure safe, effective operations in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
  • Performs or assists in required installation, maintenance, and repair on equipment such as chlorinators, pumps, motors, and controls systems, water mains and service lines, meters, valves, fire hydrants and other components of the water system.
  • Fulfill on-call duties as assigned.


  • Under direct supervision of a Traffic Control Technician, install traffic control for work zones and special events.
  • Read meters; turn water service off and on as directed.
  • Chlorine system maintenance and changing out chlorine gas cylinders
  • Maintaining MIOX system
  • Records well production meter readings and chlorine residual throughout the water system as well as monitors chlorine use.
  • Monitors the SCADA system and as necessary reports emergencies or alarm conditions for proper operation of wells and booster stations, and proper reservoir levels. Investigates any alarm conditions, as well as, equipment malfunctions and failures as well as operational problem and trends.


  • As a Traffic Control Technician, install traffic control for work zones and special events.
  • Request utility locates to minimize the risk of damage to other utility systems during normal maintenance or repair of the water system. Performs utility locates as requested to minimize the risk of damage to the water distribution system during construction and prevent service outages to customers.
  • Maintains accurate, timely records of all repairs, maintenance, and/or malfunctions.
  • Read meters; download and upload meter reading data from computer billing application, competent with valve maintenance software and distribution pressure SCADA system. Turn water service off and on as directed.
  • Collect samples for bacterial analysis and chlorine sampling as required.
  • As assigned act as the Responsible Person while on call for the Moscow Public Works Department.
  • Operates water treatment facility to include backwash and air-wash operations as well as any system adjustment and required maintenance and repair


  • As a Traffic Control Supervisor, develop and design traffic control plans for work zones and special events.
  • Maintains accurate, timely records of all repairs, maintenance, and/or malfunctions.
  • Regularly act as on-call or assists the on-call operator with alarms and operational control changes in SCADA.
  • Ability to proficiently operate a back hoe or excavator.
  • Individuals in this position may function in distribution specialized activities such as administering fire hydrant maintenance and flow certification program, water system leak survey program, backflow prevention, valve exercise program, meter reading, safety program, training program, and asset management system.
  • Performs and leads operation, maintenance, repair and trouble-shooting activities of the municipal water production system to identify and remedy problems and/or malfunctions in order to ensure safe, uninterrupted operations in accordance with all applicable rules, regulations.

Supervisory Functions

  • None


  • Ability to develop knowledge of water distribution construction, maintenance, and repair methods and equipment.
  • Ability to read maps comprehend geography as related to the City's systems
  • Ability to interact with members of the public respectfully at all times
  • Ability to research and comprehend relevant industry regulations and standards
  • Ability to read and comprehend engineering plans and specifications
  • Ability to work effectively with coworkers
  • Basic computer processing skills and knowledge of or ability to acquire relevant computer skills related to the industry
  • Basic reading, writing, math, computer, and recordkeeping abilities
  • Ability to operate both light and heavy equipment
  • Ability to adhere to health and safety practices
  • Understand and adhere to laws, rules, regulation and policies
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, maintain routine records, and work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to observe legal and defensive driving practices


  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Pressure Recorders
  • Meter Reading Software
  • Billing Software
  • Asset Management
  • GIS Software

Work Environment

  • Office setting
  • Outdoor work
  • Regular exposure to fumes, dust and odors
  • Working evening or variable hours
  • Adverse weather conditions

Physical Demands

  • Climbing
  • Sitting and standing for extended periods of time
  • Lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Pushing or pulling
  • Bending/stooping
  • Walking
  • Reaching overhead and above the shoulders
  • Heavy physical labor
  • Working around and with machinery having moving parts
  • Fumes from man holes and stormwater piping
  • Work with chemicals


  • Training Opportunities

Education and Experience

  • Graduation from high school or GED

Licenses and Certifications

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid Class A CDL (commercial driver’s license) with air brake endorsement or the ability to obtain within six months of hire
  • Ability to complete Confined Space Entry Training
  • Ability to complete Trench Safety Training
  • Ability to obtain Flagger Certification within 1 year of hire
  • OSHA Competent Person Training
  • Proficient Heavy Equipment Operator


  • Water Treatment Operator or Distribution Operator, in Training or Restricted License within 6 months
  • Class I Water Treatment Operator License or Class I Drinking Water Operator License within 16 months


  • Class II Water Treatment Operator License or Class II Distribution Operator License
  • Traffic Control Technician Certification


  • Class III Water Treatment Operator License or Class III Distribution Operator License; or a Class II Water Treatment and a Class II Distribution license.  
  • Traffic Control Supervisor
  • Backflow Certification
  • 5 Years of onsite experience

* The City supports cross training and professional development for all employees and options for dual certification are available.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement 

The City has an equal employment opportunity policy.  The City will not discriminate against an applicant for employment, which includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity.

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