Wastewater and drinking water treatment plant worker
Wastewater treatment plant workers process wastewater so it is safe to return to the environment. They run equipment that removes or destroys contaminants, bacteria, or other harmful pollutants in the water. They also control pumps and other machinery that move wastewater through the treatment processes. They may investigate sources of pollution to protect people and the environment.
Drinking water treatment plant workers make water safe to drink. They read and adjust meters and gauges to make sure equipment is working right. Water from wells or lakes is piped to the treatment plant, where workers may add chemicals to the water. They take samples of the water and analyze them.
These jobs require special training, certification, and often a bachelor’s degree.
Photo credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
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