Water supervisors generally work for local government agencies (counties or cities), though they may also work for other businesses. They are generally responsible for the operation and maintenance of water wells, water reservoirs, distribution and waste water collection systems, etc., and must ensure that water quality is safe in accordance with established standards. They may also supervise water maintenance technicians, general maintenance workers, water operators who test water for chemical content, and administrative staff.
Employers generally require that water supervisors have a college degree in a relevant field, though some companies may accept those with significant prior experience in the industry in place of a degree. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, are important in this position, and they must also evaluate policies and procedures used in water and waste water on an ongoing basis.
Water supervisors must ensure that their staff follows all established guidelines related to water maintenance and quality, and evaluate staff performance in accordance with the company’s procedures, policies, and guidelines. They should give timely feedback to their staff and ensure that contractors and vendors provide quality service, as well. They may perform inspections of work done by their employees, contractors or subcontractors, and must always stay up-to-date with new and existing government rules and regulations related to water quality and water treatment/maintenance. Some water supervisors may train or mentor new staff members, and some may occasionally travel to attend conferences or workshops.
Water Supervisor Tasks
Track performance for equipment and determine maintenance, upgrade and replacement timing.
Hire, train, schedule, and communicate priorities to staff.
Optimize processes and work to increase positive public opinion of goals and tasks.
Oversee, evaluate, update, and report on daily operations.
Monitor performance and resolve problems and complaints.