A Wastewater treatment plant operator helps in the working of a wastewater treatment plant. Whenever the water is pumped from the rivers, wells, streams, reservoirs to water treatment plants, it is treated and then distributed to the customers. Hence, a wastewater treatment plant operator controls the process and monitors the plants to check whether they are working effectively and efficiently or not.
What are the responsibilities of a Wastewater treatment plant operator?
Wastewater treatment plants involve a lot of work while treating water. Hence, treating wastewater is not an easy process. Also, it takes a lot of hard work to get the water delivered into our taps from the reservoirs.
The typical responsibilities of a WTP operator include the following:
1. Adding chemicals like Ammonia, chlorine, lime etc., to disinfect water.
2. To ensure that the safety standards are met.
3. To purify and clarify the water and ensure that the sewage is disposed of properly.
4. Collecting and testing sample waters to check their quality.
5. To monitor the operating conditions, meters, and gauges.
6. Stay current on environmental laws and regulations.
But the responsibilities mainly depend upon the type and size of the WWTP plant you are using. If it's a small plant, then it may require only one operator. But if it's a large plant, multiple operators may be required for its easy and efficient operation.
It generally manages the system of machines to transfer or treat the wastewater. They had to inspect the equipment and monitor the operating conditions regularly. Additionally, they are required to keep records of reading data and operational data. The occupation of a wastewater treatment plant operator is physically demanding, and the conditions they are exposed to can be hazardous. They are required to work both outdoors and indoors. They are essentially responsible for removing the pollutants from domestic and industrial waste until they are delivered as final fresh products.