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FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
May, 2005


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 supervision (Water Production Worker I) or general supervision (Water Production Worker II) of the Water Production Supervisor 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; operates and maintains a variety of hand and power tools and equipment; and performs other related duties as required.

Water Production Worker I – This is the entry level class in the Water Production Worker series performing routine and less complex water production duties while learning City policies and procedures. Positions at this level are not expected to function with the same amount of program knowledge or skill level as positions allocated to the Water Production Worker II level and exercise less independent discretion and judgment in matters related to work procedures and methods. Work is usually supervised while in progress and fits an established structure or pattern. Exceptions or changes in procedures are explained in detail as they arise. As experience is acquired, the employee performs with increasing independence and responsibility and is expected to be performing at the “II” or journey level within the prescribed time frame. Advancement to the “II” level is based on demonstrated proficiency in performing the full range of assigned duties, possession of required certifications, and is at the discretion of higher level supervisory or management staff.

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. Conducts inspections of pump stations, wells, tank, and reservoir sites; collects water quality samples; reads meters; calculates chemical usage; checks pumps for proper operations; makes proper adjustments to maintain proper flow in water system; performs general site inspection.
  2. 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.
  3. Performs routine preventative maintenance of wells, pumps, motors and related equipment including lubricating, operating adjustments, cleaning and painting equipment; performs weed abatement at sites as necessary.
  4. Monitors water quality by collecting representative water samples; performs laboratory tests for turbidity, color, odor, coliform, chlorine residual, and other tests as required; preserves samples for later shipment to the laboratory.
  5. Inspects pumps, control and disinfection systems, hydrants, meters, valves and other water facilities and appurtenances; installs and maintains facilities; participates in performing major underground repairs to the water system as necessary.
  6. Responds to emergency calls as needed; performs repairs on wells, pumps, motors and related equipment and systems.
  7. Monitors water quality instruments and chlorination to ensure potable water is in compliance with state and federal requirements.
  8. Loads and unloads chemicals such as chlorine cylinders, bulk liquids, bagged chemicals either by hand or using chemical handling equipment such as forklifts and hoists.
  9. Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment including explaining water quality procedures; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
  10. 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 assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operational characteristics of water production systems. Practices, techniques and materials used in maintenance, operation and repair of water systems and related facilities. Methods and techniques of water sampling. Operational characteristics of equipment and tools used in assigned work. Water treatment systems and techniques and associated materials and equipment. 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 as they relate to Water Quality Assurance.

Ability to:
Perform skilled and semi-skilled duties involved in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water production facilities. Operate water production equipment, including production control and chemical feed devices. Perform maintenance and make adjustments to water production equipment. Clean and perform preventive maintenance on facilities and equipment. Recognize unusual, inefficient or dangerous operating conditions and recommend appropriate courses of action. Accurately read and record data from gauges, meters and computer systems. Perform routine chemical tests and adjust equipment accordingly, observe safety principles and work in a safe manner. Understand and follow oral and written instructions. Basic office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications. Use water testing equipment. Safely and effectively operate a variety of maintenance and construction equipment, tools and materials. 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:

Water Production Worker I
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Six months of work experience as a laborer in construction or maintenance work.<{> License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s license. Possession of, or the ability to obtain a Grade I Water Distribution certificate issued by the State of California Department of Health Services within 18 months of appointment. Possession of a Class A Water Sampling Certificate issued by an accredited laboratory is desirable.

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.

Human Resources Division   
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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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