Water System Operator

Blue Rock Water Co
Pacific Northwest, Washington
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Job Title: Water System Operator

Reports to: General Manager

Hourly rate: $25-$35/hour based on experience/certification + benefits

If interested, please submit a resume to service@bluerockmgt.com


A Water System Operator works to help administer field operations of the company and ensure compliance with Washington State requirements and company goals in order to provide high quality, cost effective, and dependable water service to over 800 customers in Western Washington. Major duties include meter reading, water quality monitoring, assisting in system maintenance and repairs, and customer service calls including emergency on-call duties. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills, math skills, punctuality, strong verbal communication abilities, proven customer service, team orientated approach, time management skills, and be adept at problem-solving.

The WSO is responsible for performing or managing the water system's daily operations and maintenance activities at or above acceptable public health practices and water industry standards (chapter 246-290 WAC). A WSO maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs system machinery and equipment following established schedules and for emergency repairs; monthly meter reading; monitors water quality; collects samples and submits for laboratory testing to ensure compliance with established permits and regulations; performs new construction utility hookups; locates underground utilities; maintains grounds and buildings; responds to customer's complaints and questions; generates reports and other documents as needed; completes records and logs; performs collections; attends necessary training to maintain licenses and to be informed of new regulations and technologies; provides status updates and reports problems to management and provides recommendations.


  • Conducting water quality monitoring, maintaining adequate records and taking follow-up action, if necessary, to comply with state and federal drinking water regulations;
  • Implementing preventive maintenance programs as directed by purveyor, inspecting treatment and other public water system components for malfunctions, maintaining adequate records, and making needed repairs;
  • Analyzing, reviewing, and keeping records of instrument readings and laboratory test results, determining the location and causes of any malfunctions, adjusting various treatment processes or other components;
  • Implementing a cross-connection control program as directed by the purveyor;
  • Identifying and implementing remedial actions in an emergency and, if applicable, making necessary repairs or resolving problems, or directing staff or contractors to make essential repairs or solve problems.
  • Cooperating during a special purpose investigation or sanitary survey as required in chapter 246-290 WAC;


  • State-approved water quality testing methods and procedures.
    • Meter reading.
    • Confined space entry regulations and procedures.
    • Record-keeping techniques.
    • Basic laws, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to the assigned duties.
    • Basic operating principles of electrical and mechanical equipment.
    • Programmable logic controllers.
    • Aquifer storage and recovery principles and procedures.
    • Protect the health and safety of personnel, the public and the environment according to state regulations.
    • Determine appropriate actions within defined guidelines.
    • Learn and operate applicable electrical, mechanical and piping systems including gauges, meters and valves.
    • Repairs and leak detection.
    • Read schematics and blueprints.
    • Ability to work with little to no supervision.


    Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a variety of specialized equipment and tools; climbing ladders and working from heights; standing for extended periods of time; bending at the waist; lifting and carry heavy objects generally weighing 45-75 pounds; pushing , pulling; kneeling and crouching; seeing, hearing and speaking to exchange information; perform strenuous physical tasks.


    Indoor and outdoor work environment; noise from equipment operation; seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions; exposure to gases, chemicals, handling of microorganisms; work around pressurized systems and equipment having moving parts; work at heights and in confined spaces; perform work around electrical equipment and high voltages; subject to responding to emergencies on a 24-hour basis and call back provisions.


    • High school diploma or GED equivalent;
    • The ability to work in all weather conditions, evenings, and weekends, plus on-call;
    • Washington DOH Water Distribution Manager certification (WDM I or WDM II) preferred, although we are willing to train the right person. Successful candidate must be able to obtain Washington WDM I certification within one year of hire.
    • A Cross Connection Control Specialist (CCS) certification or the ability to obtain a CCS certification within 18 months of employment;
    • Familiar with Microsoft Office products and data entry skills;
    • A valid Washington driver's license
    • First Aid/CPR Certification.