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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASSThis class is accountable for the performance of a water treatment plant which is designed to treat 2.5 million gallons or less of water daily. General direction is received from the appointing authority but wide leeway is allowed for planning work methods and dealing with emergency conditions. This class is distinguished from Water Treatment Plant Operator by the fact that the incumbent is the ‘operator in responsible charge’ defined by section 5-4.1(q) of the New York State Sanitary Code as the person designated to be the certified water treatment operator(s) who makes decisions regarding the daily operational activities of the water treatment facility. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate employees. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Operates the plant to assure the most efficient and economical use of equipment, supplies and manpower;
  • Makes daily inspection of plant and plant machinery;
  • Makes necessary tests for control of plant operations;
  • Conducts periodic examinations of plant equipment and makes necessary repairs and maintenance;
  • Conducts special studies for improvement of water quality and plant operations;
  • Maintains inventory of supplies, chemicals and equipment;
  • Requisitions materials;
  • Maintains records and prepares periodic reports on the operation of the plant;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Thorough knowledge of the practices used and equipment required in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant without facilities for filtration and/or a distribution system; good knowledge of the operations of a modern water treatment plant; good knowledge of the principles and application of physics, chemistry and bacteriology as they relate to water purification; ability to make routine laboratory and field tests for control of plant operation; mechanical aptitude; alertness and dependability.


Graduation from High School or possession of a High School Equivalency diploma and one (1) year of experience in the actual operation of a water treatment plant.


At time of permanent appointment individual must be in possession of a grade 11-B Water Treatment Operator certificate issued under the provisions of the New York State Sanitary Code.


11/01; 1/09

Non-Competitive Class

Towns(PT);Town of Carmel, Villages(FT)

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Putnam County Personnel Department

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  • Address:

    Donald B. Smith
    County Government Campus
    110 Old Route 6, Building 3
    Carmel, NY 10512

  • Phone:

    845-808-1650 x46104

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  • Monday through Friday
    8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Summer Hours
    (mid-June through mid-September)
  • Monday through Friday
    8:00am - 4:00pm

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40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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