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Waste Water or Water Plant Operators operate plants to store, distribute and treat water, including purifying water for human consumption and removing waste from sewage.


  • controls flow of raw water into plant, by regulating electric motors, pumps and valves
  • adds specified amounts of chemicals and activates agitators to mix chemicals. carries out such tests as are required in accordance with training given
  • allows impurities to settle and removes them by filtering water through filtering material
  • pumps purified water into mains, monitors flow and distribution
  • cleans tanks and maintains equipment, and makes minor repairs
  • pumps waste water into oxidation/settling ponds
  • removes sludge
  • burns off gases, treats and discharges waste water when it reaches the required levels of purity.


  • working outdoors.

To become a Waste Water and Water Plant Operator

Skills employers are looking for

  • Water Treatment

  • Wastewater Treatment

  • Communication Skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Planning

  • Water Quality

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