Salt Lake City


    Requisition ID
    Minimum Salary
    USD $18.87/Hr.
    Maximum Salary
    USD $24.83/Hr.
    Post End Date
    US-UT-Salt Lake City
  • Overview

    The Water Distribution System Operator will have the opportunity to learn and perform daily operations and tasks associated with an assigned segment in the county water distribution system. Training duties include: learning response to water department emergencies and trouble calls; assessing problem and proper steps to correct or refer to supervisor or experienced operator. Notifies appropriate maintenance supervisors for needed repairs. Assists department with security. Maintains proper flow, storage and pressure in system, and performs necessary maintenance work on pressure regulators, valves, pumps and associated equipment. Duties are performed on a rotating shift, requiring 24­ hour coverage.



    • Operates pumps, wells, and computer telemetry system. Monitors data from treatment plants, supply conduits, reservoirs and pumping stations. Makes adjustments when necessary to sustain pressure and reservoir levels. Meets emergency demands and flow requirements in various distribution zones. Correlates pumping/regulating operations for high and low demands to minimize costs and use cheapest available water. Completes reports identifying property damage. Contacts appropriate maintenance supervisors to repair and restore service. Resolves customer complaints. Provides back up services for dispatch as needed.
    • Responds to emergency and routine water related situations, including but not limited to: Main, service, fire line and hydrant breaks; blown meters; broken valves; water related road damage and sinkholes. Identifies problem and takes corrective action. May use specialized equipment to locate mains, services, and valves. Investigates accidents where water system has been damaged by high or low pressure, or where system has damaged other areas because of human error or equipment malfunction. In the event of natural disaster, makes emergency decisions for assigned area, inspects and reports on damages, shuts down large conduits and pipelines for relocation, new construction and maintenance.
    • Ensures security of water department equipment and buildings by making periodic checks and inspections. Checks city construction project areas to ensure barricades are properly placed. Returns barricades to department or other areas when appropriate.
    • Conducts pressure surveys, test fire and hydrant flows, collects pressure recorder data, completes and turns in various records and reports and inspects and repairs pump controls and regulator valves. Also repairs, calibrates and installs pressure recording clocks and gauges, altitude valves and surge control valves. Cleans reservoirs, tanks, pump stations, well stations, conduits, aqueducts and other water distribution equipment.
    • Operates and changes chlorine tanks and associated equipment. Implements emergency procedures when handling chlorine leaks. May assist maintenance crews in emergency repairs. Works with other water companies, fire departments and fire insurance writers.
    • Performs other related duties as required.


    • High school diploma or GED equivalency.
    • Two years’ experience in water system operation, emergency response and/or maintenance; or 18 months experience as emergency worker, valve runner, meter reader or water maintenance worker.
    • Possession (or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire date) valid Utah Water Distribution Operator Grade I certification.
    • Demonstrated ability to read and understand technical instruction; file, maintain and retrieve manual and computer reports.
    • Ability to relate well with the general public under varying or stressful circumstances.
    • Demonstrates ability to prepare written and oral reports.
    • Possession of a valid driver’s license or driving privilege card.


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