Senior Water Technician

Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District | Escondido, CA

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Posted Date 11/29/2018

Under general supervision, oversees and participates in the performance of a variety of skilled tasks related to the operation, construction, maintenance and repair of water mains and services; coordinates the District Safety Program, including the periodic provision of safety training and orientation; performs related record maintenance and report preparation; coordinates large meter testing, maintenance, and repairs; maintains and enforces the District’s Cross-Connection Control and Recycled Water Programs for industrial, commercial and residential users; participates in seven day duty rotation as assigned; and performs other related work as required.


  • Operate the water distribution system by monitoring and adjusting flows from reservoirs, tanks and suppliers.
  • Monitor automatic valves and pumping facilities; check reservoir levels and make necessary adjustments to maintain proper water levels.
  • Exercise and perform basic maintenance of valves, blow-offs, fire hydrants, air-vacs, sample stations, and pressure stations.
  • Monitor facilities and systems using electronic and computer-controlled systems (SCADA) notifying appropriate personnel of alarms, failures, etc.
  • Monitor water quality; perform operational adjustments to the distribution system to ensure compliance with quality and regulatory requirements.
  • Perform skilled repairs and preventive maintenance on pump equipment and related systems and appurtenances, including performing minor electrical work; monitor long-term performance of pumps and motors.
  • Perform a variety of maintenance and repair work on water distribution systems and lines including operation of compressors, trenching and excavating equipment.
  • Excavate, shore and backfill trenches; cut, patch repair and resurface streets; install, raise and lower valve cans.
  • Execute traffic control; including the set up of all signs, cones and barriers; provide traffic flagging as needed.
  • Coordinate setting of new meters and construction meters, including documenting relevant information.
  • Locate and mark existing District facilities in the field using engineering drawings, visual identifiers and specialized equipment.
  • Perform customer service duties by notifying and performing courtesy turn-ons and shut-offs, checking for leaks or dead meters, meeting with customers to troubleshoot low/high pressure problems and answer related questions.
  • Read, install, test and repair meter services using a variety of equipment.
  • Identify meter service and reading irregularities or inconsistencies.
  • Perform routine welding and fabrication duties.
  • Perform inspections of customer utilities to determine the degree of hazard that may exist to the potable system and necessary backflow requirements.
  • Notify commercial, industrial and other related customers of annual backflow testing requirements; enforce appropriate action to ensure customer compliance.
  • Maintain records of all backflow devices, including a history of tests performed and their results.
  • Maintain contact with regulatory and enforcement agencies related to the Cross Connection Control program.
  • Review literature and professional journals to keep abreast of cross connection, and backflow requirements.
  • Test, purchase and replace system water meters and associated materials.
  • Coordinate meter maintenance program including the scheduling of meter repairs and upgrading of existing meters.
  • Responds to and investigates customer inquiries and complaints with respect to odor, taste, or the presence of pollutants or foreign material as they may apply to the District’s potable and reclaimed water systems and resolves or performs the more difficult and technical tasks of the work.
  • Investigates customer inquiries as related to the installation, replacement, removal, calibration, maintenance and repair of potable water and reclaimed water meters, services, backflow assemblies and other appurtenances.
  • May supervise, train and participate in the inspection of service lines and cross connections or for illegal or improper reclaimed water installations.Installs, calibrates, maintains, repairs and rebuilds existing residential, commercial potable and reclaimed water meters, and potable and reclaimed backflow assemblies and other appurtenances.
  • Repairs water and reclaimed water service leaks and replacement of appurtenances such as meter box, curb stops, lids, etc.
  • Periodically tests and verifies accuracy of water meters and backflow assemblies through the use of specialized and standard test equipment; field evaluates meter performance.
  • Determines necessary equipment and materials for jobs; responds to emergency calls concerning broken or malfunctioning water meters; operates specialized shop equipment and machinery utilized in the work; reads manuals, maps, plats and other materials required for the job.
  • Inspect vehicles and perform minor maintenance; report the need for major repairs and service; fuel and lubricate vehicles and related equipment.
  • Operate District vehicles including a heavy-duty truck and trailer for the transportation of materials and equipment.
  • May perform other duties as required.


Any combination of education and experience that would demonstrate a possession of the knowledge and abilities stated above is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

EDUCATION:   Graduation from high school or equivalent. Water technology certificate from an accredited school with specialized courses and/or seminars in elements of safety and training program requirements; or

EXPERIENCE:  Two (2) years of work experience in the installation, maintenance, and repair of water service systems and meters including some experience with field customer relation’s work; and two (2) years of experience in the installation and maintenance of cross control and backflow equipment in a complex water distribution system.


  • Possession of a Class A California driver’s license, continued maintenance of a Class A license and compliance with established District vehicle operating standards are conditions of continuing employment.
  • Possession of a Grade D3 Water Distribution Certificate issued by the State Water Resources Control Board is mandatory; and
  • Possession of a Grade T2 Water Treatment Plant Operator's Certificate issued by the State Water Resources Control Board is desirable, but not mandatory.
  • Possession of a Backflow Testing Certificate issued by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) is mandatory, and
  • Possession of a Cross Connection Specialist Certificate issued by the AWWA is mandatory.
  • Continued maintenance of valid certificates is a condition of continuing employment.


Applications can be downloaded from our website. Applications are due by December 19, 2018. The successful candidate is anticipated to be placed by late-January 2019. For more information, please contact Andrew Stibal, Management Analyst, at 760-745-5522 ext.106 or
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