Water Treatment Plant Operator

Water treatment plant operators manage the process of water purification by removing harmful household and industrial substances from the water. Waste water is transported by drainpipes from houses and industries to water purification works.

At purification works, water treatment plant operators manipulate pumps, valves and other equipment to extract impurities from the water. They interpret readings on the meters to ensure a smooth running process and control the addition of chemicals to purify the water. They take samples of the water to be analysed in the laboratory. They repair pumps and valves if necessary.

They supervise workers responsible for maintaining the plant and cleaning the tanks and canals and perform basic administrative tasks.

Water treatment plant operators assist water service works technicians. The work generally takes place indoors at the water purification plant where they are exposed to the noise of machines and unpleasant odours.


Water purification plants

Getting Started

  • read up as much as possible about water and water pollution

  • arrange to speak to water treatment plant operators about this type of career and ask permission to observe them at work


Busitema University, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Egerton University, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kyambogo University, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mzuzu University, Namibia University of Science and Technology, University of Swaziland

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