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Water Treatment Plant Supervisor - City of Big Spring, TX (ID: 319536)

Title Water Treatment Plant Supervisor
Type Water and Wastewater
Date Posted 2018-12-27
City / Organization City of Big Spring, TX
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This position is responsible for supervising the operation and maintenance of the City’s water treatment plant, pump stations and storage tanks.


  • High School Diploma or GED; ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of four (4) to five (5) years of specialized training in the field of work.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions and to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with two to three years experience or service.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Texas for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a required state-certified “C” license for wastewater treatment as appropriate.


Essential duties and functions may include the following:

  • Oversees the operations of the city’s water treatment facility, pump stations and storage tanks; trains, assigns plant personnel.
  • Supervises the control and operation of treatment plant chemicals, machines, and equipment to purify and clarify water for human consumption and industrial use.
  • Oversees the collection of water samples from the plant and distribution system; performs chemical, physical, and bacteriological tests to ensure water quality; submits samples for testing as required by state agencies.
  • Helps determine dosages for chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia, aluminum sulfate, caustic and copper sulfate for treatment of water. 
  • Oversees the performance of routine chemical tests and analyses for chlorine, pH, turbidity, alkalinity, hardness, and conductivity levels of drinking water. 
  • Supervises the solids removal from treatment units and backwash of filters.
  • Maintains the efficiency of plant and laboratory operations, including maintenance of equipment, pumps, filters, and machinery, testing, quality control, and record-keeping procedures.
  • Calibrates laboratory equipment and determines appropriate chemical feed rates for optimal water treatment.
  • Monitors plant records, including operations logs, daily diaries, and chemical inventories; assists in preparation of reports as required by regulatory agencies;
  • Monitors performance of process machinery and equipment, prepares maintenance schedule, leads in equipment maintenance and repair work.
  • Assists in preparation of reports to regulatory agencies
  • Remains on call after hours, responds to departmental problems or emergencies.
  • Oversees the safety of personnel by training employees in proper safety procedures and monitoring work in progress.
  • Insures orders of chemicals, supplies, and materials as needed; requisitions purchase orders.
  • Assists regulatory agencies with annual inspections of facilities.
  • Ensures plant personnel and operations meet safety and city policy requirements.
  • May be on call after hours to respond to emergency situations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of water treatment processes.
  • Knowledge of the handling and application of the chemicals necessary to maintain a safe water supply and personal safety.
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory principles, techniques, equipment, and materials.
  • Knowledge of water treatment plant operations equipment, pumps and motors and related maintenance.
  • Knowledge of federal and state rules and regulations governing water treatment established by regulatory agencies.
  • Knowledge of city, department and safety policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry, mathematics, and biology.
  • Skill in supervision. .
  • Skill in performing standard laboratory-related mathematical calculations.
  • Skill in operating and maintaining laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in the use of water analysis equipment, meters, and gauges.
  • Skill in computer, basic office software and SCADA operation.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


The Water and Wastewater Manager assigns work in terms of very general instructions.  The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.


Guidelines include relevant state and federal regulations and drinking water guidelines, plant operations policies and procedures, city and department policies and procedures, supervisor instructions and standard safety and laboratory practices.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.


The work consists of varied supervisory and water analysis and treatment duties.  Mechanical failures and changes in source water quality contribute to the complexity of the work.


The purpose of this position is to supervise the operation and maintenance of the city’s water treatment plant and associated facilities.  Successful performance helps ensure a safe and reliable water supply for the public. 


Contacts are typically with co-workers, city employees, state agency personnel, engineers, contractors, vendors and the general public.


Contacts are typically to exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.


The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table, standing, walking, bending, crouching, or stooping.  The employee lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and must be able to distinguish between shades of color.


The work is performed in an office, laboratory, chemical storeroom, and outdoors.  The employee is exposed to dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, irritating or hazardous chemicals, contagious or infectious diseases, and occasional inclement weather.  The work may require the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles or gloves.


This position has direct supervision over Water Treatment Plant Operator (7).


These job descriptions are intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty required of the positions listed and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be.  It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision.  The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to execute other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

Job Post Expiration Date   April 30, 2019

    All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description. .