Water Plant Operator I

City of Ottawa

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Utilities Superintendent - WP, the Water Plant Operator I performs skilled and semi‑skilled labor in the maintenance and operation of the Water Treatment Plant and associated facilities.

Essential Job Functions

  • Operate various types of power pumps and related equipment/machinery.
  • Check water levels and maintain flow into chemical feed machine; adjust feed rates for proper balance.
  • Perform all tests required to maintain proper water quality and record results.
  • Check all motors, bearings, and gearboxes to ensure that proper lubrication is maintained.
  • Monitor condition of water pressure and levels in water towers.
  • Treat holding ponds for algae.
  • Perform general maintenance of plant, lab, and exterior grounds.
  • Communicates by phone and in person with public and other City employees.
  • Distinguishes color changes, reads small gauges and tests equipment accurately.
  • Tightens and changes belts and chains.
  • Determines electrical and mechanical malfunction to equipment and makes repairs.
  • Maintains tools and maintenance equipment in ready order.
  • Replaces pumps, motors, belts, valves, bearings, and gearboxes.
  • Maintains written record of all maintenance performed on Plant equipment.
  • Ancillary Job Functions:
  • Clean and replenish supplies in feed and lab rooms.
  • Aid in maintaining the City swimming pool.
  • Respond to trouble calls from the public or dispatch.
  • Comply with all City ordinances and practices.

Wage: $20.21 to $22.23 per hour

Closing Date: August 7, 2024