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Water Treatment Plant Operator


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This is an Open-Continous Announcement. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2018. Announcement MAY CLOSE EARLIER if all available vacancies have been filled prior to April 30, 2018.

The 1st Cut-Off date for receipt and referral of applicants to be considered for available vacant positions will be February 14, 2018.

The 2nd Cut-Off date for receipt and referral of applicants to be considered for available vacant positions will be March 16, 2018.

The 3rd Cut-Off date for receipt and referral of applicants to be considered for available vacant positions will be April 15, 2018.

The 4th Cut-Off date for receipt and referral of applicants to be considered for available vacant positions will be on the closing date of the announcement of April 30, 2018

Who May Apply: US Citizens

This position is located at the Dalecarlia Water Treatment Plant, 5900 MacArthur Boulevard NW, Washington, DC. This position is under the supervision of the Washington Aqueduct Administrative Branch Chief. The Aqueduct, while part of the US Army Corps of Engineers, is a large scale, vital public utility, wholly financed through the sale of potable water. The job provides the opportunity to work at one of the largest water utilities in the nation, serving the public and producing a product which impacts the lives of all metropolitan area citizens and businesses on a daily basis. To be successful in this position, you will need to commit yourself to the Aqueduct's mission of providing safe, reliable and cost effective water. Amenities available include ample free parking on site, limited public bus service, and alternate work schedule may be considered.

Responsibilities: You will operate the functions of the plant Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system including control, monitoring and data storage. Monitor and control the water treatment process. Determine treatment and operational changes needed to remain within regulatory limits of purity, chemical requirements, and water production needs. Analyze present and anticipated raw water quality; evaluate test results, and changes chemical feed rates, filtration rates, and other parameters to keep operations within established limits. Use experience, laboratory results, established water quality targets, and instrumentation to determine the amount of alum, algaecide, potassium permanganate, chlorine, fluoride acid, lime, carbon, polymers and other chemicals to dose in either the pre or post treatment stages. Read instrumentation and conduct bench testing of process samples to ensure that on-line monitoring equipment is functioning correctly. Maintain proper elevation through the treatment process by operating master gates, monitoring elevations, and coordinating filtration rates. Record logs of all readings, chemical test results, and changes in the treatment process. Control raw water withdrawal from the river to meet the treatment demand. Control the operation of the raw water conduits, the Booster Pumping Station, and the Little Falls Pumping Station to maintain appropriate raw water reservoir elevations. Monitor and control the electrical utilization for the entire Dalecarlia complex. Collect water quality samples. Record pump usage, electrical usage, and operational conditions. Respond to emergencies. Use emergency equipment including repair kits, tools, escape masks, self-contained breathing apparatus, and supplied air masks. Perform preventive maintenance including calibrating, cleaning, and adjusting equipment. Keep the immediate work area, equipment, and other facilities in a clean and orderly manner.
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Even though I am fairly satisfied with my present employer, I still keep an eye open for a better situation. I'm 58 years young with 30+ years in the Wastewater/Water field and I still look for anything better. You never know. Thanks for the HELP!!

Peter, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator

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