American Water Operator III U176N in Weston, West Virginia

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Short Description

Schedule: Rotating Shift (day, evening, and midnight) and will include weekend work.

Primary Role

Controls treatment plant operations and produce potable water for residential, commercial and industrial use.

Key Accountabilities

Operates and controls electric motors, pumps, and valves to regulate flow of raw and finished water during treatment process. Determines, controls, and applies appropriate feed rate of all chemicals required to produce high quality finished water through process control testing and manual or automatic adjustment of specific chemical feed systems.

Determines appropriate settings and adjust agitators and mixers to mix chemicals and treat water during coagulation, flocculation, and sedlementation processes.

Regulates high service pumps to transfer finished water to distribution mains and maintain adequate system storage volumes. Monitors and adjusts master control panel to ensure sufficient control of flow rates, filter loss of head pressure, and water production to supply system demand. Cleans bulk and day tanks and backwash filter beds as necessary to maintain control and quality of treatment.

Lubricates, troubleshoots, and repairs machines and equipment. Tests water samples at various stages of treatment to determine appropriate levels of necessary constituents through use of laboratory equipment.

Maintains proper volume of chemicals and solutions required to provide complete treatment of source water and produce finished water that meets or exceeds all prescribed regulatory contaminant levels, Records required data, such as residual content of chemicals, turbidity, pressure, tank levels, and flow rates to the daily operational log.

Key Accountabilities (cont.)

May operate portable water-purification plant to supply drinking water.

Properly treats and conditions plant process wastes prior to delivery to rivers, streams, local collection systems or approved application sites.

Utilizes, as necessary, telemetry systems to monitor distribution tank levels and systems pressures. Monitors and adjusts booster pumps, pressure reducing valves and other required equipment to maintain system effectiveness in delivery of finished water.


Functional / Technical Skills

Learning on the Fly

Organizational Agility

Problem Solving

Time Management

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, sufficient noise, either constant or intermittent, to cause marked distraction or possible injury to the sense of hearing unless hearing protection is worn.

Hazards: Situations which can expose the individual to risk of injury due to odors, toxic conditions, dust, or poor ventilation.

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