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American Water Systems Operator in Peoria, Illinois

American Water employees take great pride in their role of delivering safe, clean, reliable water service to the communities we serve. Many of our employees also demonstrate a deep commitment to these communities by volunteering their time, resources and expertise in neighborhood organizations, charitable activities, local boards and other benevolent endeavors.

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Primary Role

Water system operation of surface and ground water treatment plants. Duties include the collection of water samples per state regulations, recording data and preparing regulatory reports, adjusting chemical feed rates, and other similar duties.

Key Accountabilities

Operates water system (wells, chemical feed systems, storage tank levels, etc) to provide compliance with applicable state and federal regulations. Collects and analyzes samples required for compliance and process control.

Performs assigned general housekeeping duties and various water sample analysis. Maintains water treatment chemical levels, Maintains and calibrates hand-held and on-line monitoring equipment and treatment equipment as required.

Follows Company’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Policies, and report unsafe conditions.

Takes and records system operation readings according to prescribed schedules.

Maintains daily logs, records plant operating data as required in logs and operations software.

Effective, timely, and respectful communication and interactions with other employees, supervisors, individuals from other organizations, and citizen customers.

Performs other related functions assigned or as they become apparent.


• Possesses a thorough knowledge of surface and groundwater treatment.

• Specifically but not limited to knowledge of methods and precautions in storing and handling chlorine and other industrial chemicals.

• Knowledge of health and safety regulations.

• The position requires that a Class “C” Public Water Supply Operator Certificate from the IEPA be obtained within two years and a Class “A” Public Water Supply Operator Certificate from the IEPA be obtained within five years after being employed.

• Must possess a valid, active state driver’s license.


• Able to read gauges and meters.

• Prepare and maintain accurate paperwork such as records, logs, orders, surveys and routine reports as directed.

• Able to perform accurate mathematical calculations related to this position.

• Perform standardized water process control, monitoring, and compliance sampling and testing.

• Some computer skills; MS Word, MS Excel and SCADA systems.

Work Environment

• Employee may be required to work indoor or outdoor work during seasonal heat and cold or other adverse weather conditions.

• Must be physically able to complete necessary tasks while wearing an approved respirator as required, as some required work may have potential for exposure to harmful contaminants, environments, noise, etc.

• Must be able to lift 75 pounds, unassisted

• The position is a swing shift position which will include weekends, holiday and overtime work as needed.


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