Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators operate microbiological processes and mechanical equipment in wastewater treatment facilities in order to remove harmful waste products from water and to render it environmentally acceptable. They maintain pumps, pipes, valves, and processing equipment to move wastewater through collection systems and through various treatment processes. They read and interpret meters and gauges. They also operate chemical-feeding devices, perform laboratory analysis, and keep records of their work. They must be jacks of all trades and be familiar with electricity, electronics, mechanics, chemistry, microbiology, hydraulics, and a host of other disciplines.
Technical assistance is provided by a staff of experienced operators and engineers in the following ways:
- Regular visits to the facilities to inspect and offer "one on one" training in all areas of plant operations and maintenance.
- Specific process control training and assistance at the WWTF to enable a facility to get back into compliance with a strict NPDES permit.
- The sharing of information and ideas between operators of WWTFs through the use of round table discussion groups, a wastewater newsletter, an annual trade fair, and through close involvement with the New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association.