|FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
SENIOR WATER DISTRIBUTION WORKER
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.
Under direction of the Water Distribution Supervisor, leads, oversees, reviews and
participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for the
installation, maintenance, and repair of the water distribution system and non-potable
water system; ensures an uninterrupted supply of quality potable water to the customers of
the City; ensures work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures; and
operates and maintains a variety of heavy equipment and hand and power tools and
This is the advanced journey level class in the Water Distribution Worker series. Positions
at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of
responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most
difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including
providing lead supervision to assigned staff. Employees at this level are required to be
fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.
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.
- Leads, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff responsible for the installation,
maintenance, and repair of the water distribution system and non-potable water system;
develops and implements crew assignments; assists maintenance staff in troubleshooting and
performing the more complex maintenance and repair activities.
- Trains assigned employees in their areas of work including water distribution
maintenance methods, procedures, and techniques; identifies training opportunities and
needs; makes recommendations to Supervisor as necessary.
- Supervises the use, care and operation of water distribution equipment including
trucks, power tools and equipment.
- Verifies the work of assigned employees for accuracy, proper work methods, techniques
and compliance with applicable standards and specifications; ensures adherence to safe work
practices and procedures.
- Oversees and participates in performing a variety of skilled and semi-skilled duties
associated with the installation, maintenance, and repair of the water distribution system
and non-potable water system including: main line repair; service line installation,
replacement, and repair; main line valve installation, replacement, and repair; water main
line flushing; pipe cutting; line tapping; water meter installation, replacement, repair,
and testing; and main line and hydrant valve turning and flushing.
- Oversees and participates in performing a full range of system maintenance duties
including to install and maintain all appurtenances associated with the water distribution
system; installs, repairs, and replaces fire hydrants.
- Oversees and participates in exercising and maintaining distribution system valves
using a variety of manual and motorized tools and equipment.
- Installs, replaces, and tests backflow devices.
- Operates a variety of tools and equipment including backhoes, dump trucks, jack
hammers, pavement saws, compressors, pneumatic tools, and hand and power tools; loads and
unloads vehicles and equipment.
- Oversees and participates in cutting, breaking and removing surfaces; installs and
repairs sidewalks, curbs, gutters and fences; digs, shovels, hauls, loads and unloads
materials; rolls and irons asphalt as necessary.
- Performs Geographic Information System (GIS) duties for the CMMS system including
valves, cathodic test stations, and fire hydrants.
- Performs sampling duties related to the water distribution system including collecting
and exporting water samples; monitors water quality instruments.
- Protects water mains and storage facilities from corrosion effects.
- Performs utility locates; locates mainlines and services; marks location of underground
- Performs walkthroughs and inspections of new water lines.
- Assists in coordinating system shut downs for contract work including monitoring system
- Performs emergency repairs as necessary; responds to emergency calls at irregular
- Creates and implements traffic control plans; conducts traffic control when working in
high traffic areas of the City; installs street barricades and cones prior to the
performance of maintenance or repair activities; directs and controls traffic around work
- Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the
area of assignment including explaining water distribution procedures; resolves complaints
in an efficient and timely manner.
- Assists other divisions with maintenance work as assigned.
- Estimates time, materials and equipment required for jobs assigned; requisitions
materials as required.
- Attends training and safety meetings as necessary.
- Performs related duties as required.
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
Operations, services, and activities of water distribution systems.
Principles of lead supervision and training.
Advanced materials, methods, techniques, and terminology used in maintenance and repair
activities related to the maintenance, installation, and repair of water distribution
Operational characteristics of maintenance and construction equipment and tools used in
Proper procedures used in the maintenance and repair of hand and power tools.
Practices and procedures of traffic control.
Basic mathematical principles.
Basic principles and practices of record keeping.
Principles and practices of project design and cost estimating.
Occupational hazards and standard safety procedures.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software
Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations.
Lead, organize, and review the work of staff.
Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.
Operate a variety of tools and equipment used in maintenance and construction.
Estimate time and materials for completion of projects.
Read and interpret blueprints, diagrams and sketches.
Prepare drawings and sketches.
Perform heavy manual labor.
Drive and operate trucks and construction equipment.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.
Safely and effectively operate a variety of maintenance and construction equipment, tools
Respond to distribution system maintenance/repair emergencies.
Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course
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:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
Three years of experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of water distribution
systems at a level comparable to a Water Distribution Worker II with the City of
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license.
Possession of a Grade II Water Distribution Operator Certificate issued by the State of
California Department of Health services.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a Grade III Water Distribution Operator Certificate
within eighteen months of appointment.
Possession of a Class A Water Sampling Certificate issued by an accredited laboratory is
Possession of a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certificate issued by the American
Water Works Association is 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.