Water, gas, oil, etc.

Water treatment worker

Water quality technicians clean drinking water and process waste water.

Annual Salary

£14,500 to £32,000

Working hours

37 to 40

Future employment

There will be 8% fewer Water treatment worker jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • operating equipment to treat sewage
  • cleaning and maintaining tanks and filters
  • adding chemicals and microbes to treat water
  • monitoring water and gas levels
  • taking readings and keeping accurate records

You'll need to follow strict safety procedures.

There are no set requirements, but GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent in English, maths and a science could help you get a job. Experience working in plant maintenance or on a building site could also help.

You must register with a water industry safety scheme. You may have to pass a medical check.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£14,500 to £32,000

Starter salary: £14,500 to £18,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 to £32,000

You could earn extra through overtime and shift allowances.

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You'll usually work 37 hours a week. You'll work shifts including nights and weekends.

You could work in a control room or outside in a water treatment area. The job can be physically demanding and you may have to work at height or in tight spaces.

Conditions can be wet, dirty and smelly. You'll wear protective clothing.

With experience, you could become a team leader. With further training, you could become an engineering technician or a water engineer.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • practical skills to operate equipment
  • observational skills and attention to detail
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