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Operations Technician (Water Distribution Operator)

Company: Government jobs
Location: Carson
Posted on: January 14, 2023

Job Description:


West Basin Municipal Water District is a global leader in the water industry in water recycling, conservation, water resource management, and youth and adult education. West Basin provides drinking water and recycled water to eight local retail water agencies including four cities, three private water companies, and one county water agency. The District serves a population of nearly one million residents in 17 cities and unincorporated areas along the coastal corridor from Palos Verdes to Malibu. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors and is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

West Basin operates the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and three satellite locations. It is the largest treatment and water purification facility of its type providing nearly 40 million gallons of water each day to over 300 sites. West Basin utilizes various advanced treatment processes to produce five types of "fit-for-purpose" waters used for commercial, industrial, and landscape purposes, including three ultra-pure waters.

West Basin owns and operates over 100 miles of recycled water pipelines and supplies recycled water to customers for non-potable use. To expand the use of recycled water, the District assists customers with the process of converting their sites to utilize recycled water. In addition, the District conducts site inspections to ensure compliance for the safe use of recycled water.

West Basin is an equal-opportunity employer, promoting diversity in its recruitment process and programs. The District is committed to customer service and seeks to provide its customers with the most qualified and exceptional professional services through those they employ while offering an excellent benefits package to its employees.

The Position

West Basin is seeking an Operations Technician (Water Distribution Operator) who will provide oversight of the recycled water distribution system and conducts regularly scheduled recycled water site inspections as well as inspections of new and modified recycled water sites. The Operations Technician is expected to accomplish these tasks as described in more detail below:

Recycled Water Pipeline Distribution Oversight: The 100-mile recycled water distribution system is currently maintained and operated by a contract operator. The Operations Technician will work directly with the contract operator to operate and maintain the distribution system. The Operations Technician will oversee maintenance activities such as valve exercising, pump and disinfection station operation, and the cathodic protection program. The Operations Technician will also provide inspections of new pipeline installation.
Recycled Water Site Inspections: The position will conduct regularly scheduled visual inspections at each of West Basin's recycled water sites to ensure the safe use of recycled water. The Operations Technician will be required to check each site to ensure there is appropriate signage, recycled and potable water system identification, appropriate backflow protection, and inspect for unauthorized modifications of the water systems. The Technician will be required to maintain the proper documents related to this work.

Inspections of new recycled water sites and existing recycled site modifications: New recycled water projects, and modifications of existing recycled water sites, require several months of inspections and require frequent visits during construction, which will be conducted by the Operations Technician.

Key responsibilities are:
--- Works directly with West Basin's contract operator to operate and maintain the distribution system.
--- Conducts inspections of recycled water sites.
--- Maintains and ensures that water system plans are up to date.
--- Manages leak and shutdown coordination with contract operators.
--- Coordinates cathodic protection surveys, valve maintenance, booster pump station maintenance, disinfection stations maintenance, flushing program, pipeline inspections, and oversees distribution water quality sample collection and performs other distribution system maintenance as needed.
--- Maintains records of work conducted and recommends needed maintenance for the distribution system, pump, and disinfection stations.
--- Updates asset management database.
--- Ensures compliance with policies, procedures, safety guidelines, schedules, and work specifications.
--- Updates operations and maintenance manuals.
--- Ensures cross-connection rules and regulations are followed; ensures proper separation between recycled and domestic water lines, including that all recycled lines are properly marked and meet District standards and specifications; makes recommendations to comply with backflow standards; initiates coordination with appropriate state and county health agencies to ensure compliance with cross-connection regulations; provides training and oversight to other staff and customers pertaining to the cross-connection program.
--- Develops a periodic recycled water site inspection schedule to ensure system testing requirements are being met; notifies customers of the need for scheduled testing; tracks responses and prepares follow-up notices for noncompliance and locks off water services in cases of non-compliance as necessary.
--- Locates pipes, valves, and water distribution appurtenance as needed.
--- Reviews proposed recycled water pipeline project design plans and provides feedback to the engineering design team.
--- Stays apprised of City, County, and State plumbing codes and State and County regulatory agency requirements.
--- Responds to other field work emergency or non-emergency related to recycled water operations.


The ideal candidate will have:
--- A high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent; AND four years of progressively responsible experience in the installation, maintenance, repair, and/or inspection of water distribution facilities, including water distribution operator experience. College-level coursework in chemistry, biology, and water treatment technology and experience in a public agency setting are desirable.
--- Must possess a Water Distribution Grade III (D3) certification as issued by the State of California Department of Health Services at the time of appointment or Grade II (D2) with the ability to obtain the D3 certification within 6 months from the date of hire. Should possess or ability to obtain, a Cross-Connection Control Specialist certificate. Possessing a Water Treatment Grade I (T1) drinking water treatment certification is desirable, but not required but should have the ability to obtain a T1 certification within 12 months from the date of hire.
--- Knowledge of water distribution system maintenance and repair.
--- Knowledge of pipefitting and plumbing methods and techniques; pumps, valves, and backflow devices.
--- Knowledge of utility asset management, information systems, technical or administrative experience in water or wastewater systems; basic hydraulic principles used in water distribution systems; and applicable federal and state water quality regulations and best practices.
--- Knowledge of safe work practices and policies; and practices and procedures of traffic control.
--- Knowledge of basic computer operation principles.
--- Ability to read, interpret, and understand water distribution plans, schematics, technical manuals, diagrams, blueprints, and drawings; compile information and data from multiple sources; and prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
--- Ability to collect and analyze technical data; and conduct a variety of technical field inspections.
--- Ability to learn West Basin policies and procedures affecting departmental operations and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
--- Ability to work primarily outdoors; travel from site to site, be exposed to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, mechanical and electrical hazards, and all types of weather and temperature conditions; and work in or around water.
--- Ability and mobility to work in a field environment; to frequently walk to conduct site inspections on a daily basis, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, and make repetitive movements; and must be able to see and hear in the normal range with or without correction.
--- Ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and exercise independent judgment and initiative within general policy guidelines.
--- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the public, and those encountered in the course of work.
--- Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License and proof of an acceptable driving record are required at the time of hire and as a condition of continued employment. Employee may be required to use their vehicle with mileage reimbursed at the standard IRS rate.

Supplemental Information

There is one (1) vacancy currently available. The salary range is $80,539 - $100,673 annually, depending on qualifications. The position is eligible for benefits.

Apply by: January 18, 2023. Apply online at: For questions or additional information, please contact West Basin Municipal Water District, Human Resources Department, 17140 S. Avalon Boulevard, Carson, CA 90746, (310) 660-6228. Email:

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed West Basin Online Application. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate further in the screening process, which will include a panel interview.

  • Retirement br> California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS):

    An employee who becomes a "new" member of CalPERS for the first time on or after January 1, 2013 (and who was not a member of another California public retirement system prior to that date) will be enrolled in the CalPERS 2% @ 62 benefit formula (with Social Security) with three year final compensation in accordance with the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA). New members will be required to pay at least 50% of the normal retirement cost [Govt. Code Section. 7522.30(c)].

    An employee who is a "classic" member of CalPERS or an agency with CalPERS reciprocity, or who have less than a six month break in service between employment in a CalPERS (or reciprocal) agency and employment with West Basin, will be enrolled in the 3% @ 60 benefit formula with Social Security.
    • Health Insurance Fully paid employee/family coverage with expense reimbursement.
    • Disability Insurance Paid Short Term and Long Term Disability insurance plans.
    • Life Insurance Up to $150,000 based upon salary.
    • Vacation 10-20 days annually with credit for prior public service.
    • Holidays 14 paid holidays annually.
    • Sick Leave 12 days accrued annually.
    • Employee Development Program Tuition reimbursement of a maximum of $9,000 per fiscal year for job-related coursework. Job related license and certification renewals fully reimbursed.
    • Deferred Compensation CalPERS 457 plan by employee contribution.
    • Supplemental Insurance Plans include cancer protection, accident, disability and critical illness insurance by employee contribution.
    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Fully paid EAP.

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