Water Utility Manager

  • Type: Contract To Hire
  • Job #473

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.

POSITION: Water Operations Supervisor 

SALARY: $50-55/hr 

LOCATION: Los Angeles County, CA 

JOB SUMMARY: Under general direction from the Director of Public Works, the Water Utility Manager plans, organizes, manages, and directs the work of the Water Utility Division of the Public Works Department, which includes the production, treatment and delivery of potable water to municipal customers; construction, maintenance and repair of water distribution systems; water utility commercial services; regulatory compliance; and performs related duties.


  • Plans, organizes, manages, and administers all aspects of the Water Utility Division

  • Develops long range plans to keep up with water usage demands and to conform with State and Federal water quality requirements

  • Directs the work of the Division's commercial services section which installs and maintains water meters, reads meters for water consumption, conducts tests of backflow devices, resolves customer problems and complaints

  • Directs the work of the Division's water production section which produces, tests, treats, and delivers potable water, maintains, operates and repairs pump stations, wells, booster stations, cla-valves, Air Stripping, ION Exchange, Liquid Phase Granular Activated Carbon treatment facilities, reservoirs, inner connections, SCADA system and related equipment

  • Directs the work of the water distribution section which installs, repairs and maintains water mains, valves, and related piping and equipment; supervises, trains, evaluates and recommends personnel action for the Division's section heads

  • Recommends personnel action for Water Division staff; directs the division's employee safety program

  • Prepares operations, production, and quality reports to meet Watermaster, Federal, State, County and City requirements; establishes and administers appropriate water quality standards to meet Federal, State, and AWWA regulations

  • Develops, implements, administers and evaluates the effectiveness of new and improved methods 

  • Analyzes cost of services and develops water rate schedules

  • Develops long range plans to provide for a capital improvement program for expansion and replacement of facilities

  • prepares annual budget in accordance with projected revenues; assists in monitoring the developments concerning the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin and participates in developing solutions to problems and in the protection of the City's source of water supply; 

  • directs the supervision., coordination and inspection of work performed under contracts; 

  • may act as the Public Works Director in his/her absence; and performs other related duties.


Education, Experience and Training:

Any combination of education and/or experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for effective job performance is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the necessary qualifications includes five years of increasingly responsible experience in the operation and administration of water system construction, maintenance, water quality control and production with at least three years in a responsible supervisory or management position and a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Public or Business Administration, Civil Engineering or related field.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of principles, practices and technology of water construction, production and distribution systems, water treatment; principles and practices of enterprise and municipal budgeting, management, supervision, and training; contract administration techniques.  Ability to direct and coordinate the work of employees and contractors; ensure water quality regulations and standards are met; develop realistic long range plans for water systems development and maintenance; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish effective working relationships with superiors, peers, subordinates, contractors and the public.

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Class C Motor Vehicle Operator's License, and all other certificates as required by the State of California, including, Treatment 3 (T3) and Distribution 5 (D5) Operator Certificates.


The physical and mental effort described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands: position requires physical effort including frequently sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, climb, push, pull and lift items weighing up to 100 lbs. Regularly required to use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; reach above and below shoulder level with hands and arms; work in confined spaces; demonstrate the proper use of hand and power tools.

Mental Demands: While performing the duties of this class, the employee must be able to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; interpret and explain policies and procedures; use math and mathematical reasoning; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with interruptions; and interact with City staff, vendors, contractors, and the general public.

Work Environment: The employee frequently works in office and field settings and is subject to variable weather conditions and traffic when outdoors.  The employee is exposed to wetness, moisture, heat, mechanical and electrical hazards, chemical, and dust, and loud noise when working near pumping and other power equipment.


Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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