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Water System Operator II - Meters

Water System Operator II - Meters

General Purpose


Under general supervision of the Supervising Water Systems Operator or Chief Water Systems Operator and close supervision of the Lead Water Systems Operator, operates and maintains District equipment and facilities for sourcing, treatment and the distribution of drinking water to its service areas. Performs a full range of water system duties which include but are not limited to operating and maintaining wells, wellhead treatment systems, reservoirs, surface water treatment plants, booster pump stations, transmission and distribution pipeline, and related equipment and facilities. Examples of duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: installing, operating and maintaining water mains, valves, hydrants, service lines, meters, booster pumps, and all other facilities of the District; weed abatement; painting of District structures; marking mains and services for Underground Service Alerts; flushing the distribution system: exercising fire hydrants and valves; raising valve boxes; monitoring and controlling flows and pressures in the distribution system; monitoring and controlling treatment processes to achieve desired water quality objectives; and, performing related duties and responsibilities as assigned.  Every operator is required to serve on a rotating shift and serve “on call” with a District cell phone after hours, weekends and holidays.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reads water meters in an assigned area using handheld reading devices and/or an Automated Meter Reader (AMR). Responsible for providing the collected information to the Billing Department for processing.
  • Exercises safety precautions in the course of obtaining meter readings.
  • Maintains records of work performed.
  • Responds to customer inquiries at their home or business, including answering questions regarding meter leaks, water pressure, water quality, or high consumption readings.
  • Maintains assigned District vehicle including servicing and periodic safety checks.
  • Participates in District safety meetings.
  • May serve “on call” on a rotating basis, (requires a D1 Certification).
  • Installs, tests and calibrates new or replacement water meters and ensures they are registering properly; assigns sequencing number for new installations to place in right order on meter reading route. 
  • Retrofits and replaces meters as part of meter replacement program; cleans in and around meter boxes; performs re-builds and routine maintenance on meters; repairs service line leaks, repairs meter leaks and replaces meter box lids.
  • Repairs and replaces shut-off valves and angle valves; performs main line shut downs with supervisor approval.
  • Turns water service on and off for customers and hangs tags, both during normal working hours and after hours; explains District policy on late or non-payment of water bills.
  • Performs initial on-site inspection of suspected tampering or unauthorized use of water meter and reports such activity.
  • Verifies the installation and operation of new water meters at construction sites.
  • Performs a variety of journey level skilled water system repairs and maintenance, as needed or assigned.
  • May participate in training and guiding lesser skilled workers in the proper performance of duties.
  • Maintains prompt and regular attendance. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Water main disinfection, well disinfection, disinfectant by-products, chlorine curve chemistry, storage reservoir disinfection, and types of disinfectants. 
  • Distribution system layout, storage facilities, cross-connection and backflow devices, service connections, systems map, assess system demand, flow rates and velocity, head loss, cavitation, water hammer, water pressure and volume, static and dynamic pressure.
  • Disinfection-by-product rule, lead and copper rule, MCLs, monitoring and sampling requirements, public notification, safe drinking act, total coliform rule, operator certification regulations, emergency response planning, maintenance plan, water conservation planning and water rates. 
  • Valves, water meters, hydrants, chemical feeders, corrosion, power generators, SCADA, pump types, uses, and sizes, troubleshoot and repair pumps and motors, water horsepower, inspection of water mains, piping, storage tanks, and equipment installation and repair. 
  • Cleaning and maintenance, excavation, installation, and repair, joints and fittings, leak detection and repair, pipe selection, and service line installation.
  • Watershed protection, wells/groundwater, surface water/reservoirs, raw water storage, clear well storage, and unidirectional flushing. 
  • Coagulation/flocculation/sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, corrosion control, taste and odor, iron and manganese removal, fluoridation, and BAT (Best Available Technology).
  • Chemical feeders, pumps and motors, blowers and compressors, water meters, pressure gauges, instrumentation, and electrical generators. 
  • Sampling, general lab practices, disinfectant analysis, alkalinity analysis, pH analysis, turbidity analysis, specific conductance, hardness, fluoride analysis, color analysis, taste and odor analysis, and microbiological analysis. 
  • California waterworks standards, safe drinking water act and amendments, surface water treatment rule and amendments, primary contaminants, secondary contaminants, lead and copper rule, and total coliform rule.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education, training, and experience that would likely provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform in the position is qualifying.  A typical combination includes:

Education:    High School graduation or G.E.D. equivalent is required. The completion of six college courses in water distribution or treatment is preferred.  


Experience:   Two (2) years of operations experience in water systems; and, passing a standardized written and performance examination demonstrating competency in selected District Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). 

Additional Requirements:    
Possession of a valid Class “C” Driver’s License issued by the California State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Licenses, Certificates; Special Requirements:  

Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and proof of auto insurance in compliance with the District Vehicle Insurance Policy standards.  Possession of a valid Class A California driver’s license, desirable.

Possession of a valid Grade II Water Treatment Operator’s Certificate, issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.   

Possession of a valid Grade II Water Distribution Operator’s Certificate, issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water.   

Completion of six college courses in water distribution preferred.

 Physical Tasks:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions on a case-by-case basis.   

While performing the duties of this classification, an incumbent is regularly required to stand; use hands and fingers to handle, or feel; and talk and hear.  The incumbent is frequently required to walk and to reach with hands and arms.  The incumbent is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The incumbent must regularly lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to one-hundred (100) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : High School

Job Function : Administrative

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