Working and Careers in Water and Aquatic Science
A water treatment worker makes sure drinking water is safe to drink and wastewater is safe to return to the environment
A waste water treatment plant worker processes 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.
A drinking water treatment plant worker makes 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.