|FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
WATER PRODUCTION WORKER I
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Responds to emergency calls as needed; performs repairs on
wells, pumps, motors and related equipment and systems.
- Monitors water quality instruments and chlorination to ensure
potable water is in compliance with state and federal requirements.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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
Water treatment systems and techniques and associated materials and
Methods and techniques of performing preventive maintenance
including preventive maintenance inspection methods.
Methods and techniques of performing diagnostic troubleshooting
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.
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
Clean and perform preventive maintenance on facilities and
Recognize unusual, inefficient or dangerous operating conditions and
recommend appropriate courses of action.
Accurately read and record data from gauges, meters and computer
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
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver’s
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.
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
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
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without