What Does an Operator Do?

Have you ever been in a store and had someone ask you, “What do you do?” Then when you tell them you’re a water operator, they give you a confused look. Well, now you can give them an idea of what water or wastewater operators’ job duties include. Hopefully, this will enlighten people in your community about all that operators really do!

Job duties of an operator include, but aren’t limited to, controlling processes and equipment to remove or destroy harmful materials, chemical compounds and microorganisms from the water; controlling pumps, valves and other processing equipment; making minor repairs to valves, pumps and other equipment; read, interpret and adjust meters and gauges; operate chemical-feeding devices; taking samples of water; performing chemical and biological monitoring and adjusting chemical dosages; acting as a liaison between citizenry and local government by conveying meaningful information to regulatory entities and the general public in a clear and professional manner.

Typical qualifications of an operator include occasionally working under emergency conditions; being trained in emergency response; performing job duties under pressure; having the ability to apply data to formulas of flow levels, concentration (dosage) levels, treatment or remediation requirements. More qualifications are being educated in treatment processes, process control, laboratory procedures, maintenance, management skills, safety, chemical dosages, flow measurements, volume measurements, horsepower formulas and requirements, pump operation, hydraulics and cross-connection issues.

Clearly after reading these, you can see operators are one of a kind. Don’t be afraid to tell people what you do. If you can think of any job duties that I have left out, please let me know and I will add them to the list.

CG “Tar Heel”

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