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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005

CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL SPECIALIST

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
Under general supervision of the Water Production Supervisor, administers and oversees the cross-connection inspection and control program; performs related inspection, enforcement and testing work; enforces State Health Department regulations and local ordinances pertaining to back siphonage and cross connection in water systems; performs semi-skilled and skilled duties associated with the operation and maintenance of the City’s water production facilities, pumping, and storage facilities; ensures safe production, delivery and protection of the City’s water supply; and performs related duties as required.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS
The Cross Connection Control Specialist is responsible for performing cross-connection inspection and control in the water quality, distribution and supply program which includes the inspection of new and existing backflow and other water services for new construction and monitoring the inspection of existing services. This classification is distinguished from the next higher class of Water Production Supervisor by the performance of the technical and administrative duties solely assigned to ensure compliance with governmental standards relating to backflow devices.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Surveys, monitors and inspects City, industrial, commercial, institutional and other consumer facilities to detect violations of State Health Codes and local ordinances pertaining to back siphonage and cross-connection in the water system.
  2. Reviews and analyzes data relating to water quality; monitors compliance and recommends adjustments to obtain and ensure conformity as needed.
  3. Ensures that unprotected connections between the domestic water system and sources of unsafe drinking water are not installed; evaluates cross connection hazards and recommend corrective action, including proper cross connection devices to be installed.
  4. Maintains accurate records of installation and testing of all backflow devices within the City of Brentwood water system; writes reports of violations, citing authority in state code and/or city code; completes annual re-inspections and reviews annual test reports of backflow devices in service.
  5. Prepares correspondence to consumers requesting abatement and follow-up, and ensures compliance with local, state and federal rules, regulations and codes; tracks requests, performs related follow-up tasks and maintains files.
  6. Updates cross connection ordinance and standards as needed to ensure governmental compliance related to backflow devices.
  7. Checks wells, reservoirs and pump stations on potable and reclaimed water; troubleshoots, repairs, and maintains pump stations, wells, tank, and reservoir sites; removes and replaces chlorine cylinders and sodium hyphochlorite barrels; changes oil; performs maintenance on electrical motors; calibrates and adjust chlorine analyzers.
  8. Performs preventative maintenance and repair duties on pumps, motors, and electrical equipment as well as gas chlorine and sodium hypochlorite units.
  9. Responds to emergency calls as needed; performs repairs on wells, pumps, motors and related equipment and systems.
  10. Monitors water quality by collecting representative water samples; perform laboratory tests for turbidity, color, odor, coliform, chlorine residual, and other tests as required; preserves samples for later shipment to the laboratory.
  11. May perform utilities marking activities.
  12. Reviews water systems plans and connections to ensure compliance with state and local codes; reads and interprets maps, blue prints, plans and specifications as necessary.
  13. Assists in installation or up-grade of backflow devices; assists and trains personnel in areas related to cross connection.
  14. Participates in public awareness and water conservation programs; prepares reports, and presents lectures, films and other water-related information to groups, schools, and organizations.
  15. Prepares and maintains a variety of reports, correspondence, records and files related to area of assignment; enters data into computer system.
  16. Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  17. Performs related duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a cross connection control program. Practices, principles, and techniques of cross connections. Basic legal requirements of cross connections. Principles, methods, materials, tools and equipment used in water quality testing. Principles and practices of California water quality codes and regulations. Principles and practices of county, state and federal water quality standards and regulations. Principles and practices of city ordinances which pertain to water quality. Chlorination principles and disinfectant requirements. Practices, techniques and materials used in maintenance, operation and repair of water systems and related facilities. Methods and techniques of water sampling. Backflow prevention testing regulations. Piping and plumbing systems. Double check valve assemblies, anti-siphon and other approved devices used in the prevention of backflow. Basic office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers. Basic mathematical principles. Principles and practices of customer service. Methods and techniques of performing preventive maintenance including preventive maintenance inspection methods. Methods and techniques of performing diagnostic troubleshooting services. Principles and procedures of record keeping. Safety equipment and practices used in the handling, storage, and application of chemicals. Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Ability to:
Perform inspections on a variety of water systems and wastewater pre-treatment devices. Interpret, apply, and enforce pertinent rules and regulations. Interpret and explain cross connection and water quality regulations. Read, research and reference various technical and regulatory methods and procedures. Apply methods, materials, tools and equipment in the testing of water samples. Perform hydraulic testing of electrical pumps and motors. Read gauges and meters. Maintain accurate records and prepare appropriate reports. Read and interpret blueprints, plans, and specifications. Conduct tests of flow and pressure and prepare reports. Perform assigned work in accordance with appropriate safety practices and regulations. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications. Operate and maintain a variety of testing equipment, tools and related machinery used on assignment. Perform duties involved in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water production facilities. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Experience:
Three years of responsible technical experience in water distribution design, operations and maintenance.

License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester certificate and a Cross-Connection Control Program Specialist certificate issued by the American Water Works Association. Possession of a Grade II Water Distribution Certificate issued by the State of California Department of Health Services. Possession of a State of California Water Treatment Operator Grade II Certificate is highly desirable.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. Environment: Outdoor field environment; travel from site to site; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, mechanical and electrical hazards, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work in or around water; exposure to hazardous traffic conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; work at heights; incumbents may be required to respond to emergency and public calls after hours including evenings and weekends.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to walk, stand, and sit for prolonged periods of time; to frequently stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb, reach, twist, grasp, and make repetitive hand movement in the performance of daily duties; to climb unusual heights on ladders; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate assigned equipment and vehicles; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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