Water Quality & Treatment Administrator

Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
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8-9 Years
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Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities (SLCDPU) is the oldest retail water provider in the West. SLCDPU provides high-quality water equitably to a diverse community within Salt Lake City and communities in Salt Lake County. Further SLCDPU provides sewer, stormwater, and street lighting services throughout Salt Lake City. 


SLCDPU is looking for a talented professional to serve as the Water Quality & Treatment Administrator who has a passion for public health, stewardship of the ecosystem, and collaboration with diverse stakeholders and the community. The Water Quality and Treatment Administrator (WQ Administrator) is a high-profile, public-facing position with a high level of accountability and autonomy. The WQ Administrator must possess the experience, skills, and attributes to lead a large and diverse team that is also passionate about public health and stewardship of the ecosystem. The position administers, directs, and manages the systems and programs associated with water quality, culinary water treatment facility operations, stormwater quality, cross-connection control, and lead and copper.  The WQ Administrator must ensure compliance with state and federal standards for these programs.  This is an appointed, at-will position without tenure and exempt from the career service system.


Submit your resume and a cover letter. Post will remain open until filled. May close without notice. First review of resumes will take place on April 16, 2021. If you have questions, please contact Jessica: 801-535-7733. 


  • Informs Department Director, Deputy Director and other division heads about operational, system and water quality developments, problems and strategies.  Develops and manages operational and capital budget information for assigned divisions.
  • Provides leadership and direction for union and non-union employees who have diverse duties, including: water samplers, backflow testing specialists, water treatment plant operators, treatment process specialists, and storm water quality professionals.  
  • Supervises and maintains regulatory compliance for Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations.  Exerts management and control necessary for compliance with environmental standards and the potential for emerging contaminants.  
  • Provides recommendations, planning and follow through for facility and equipment upgrades necessary to satisfy future service and statutory requirements.  Files reports with local, state and federal regulatory agencies in accordance with rigid guidelines.  May testify on water quality issues to federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Ensures the department complies with all state, federal and local regulations as they relate to water, and storm water quality.  Contributes to development of local and state protocols, rules and regulations to address City water interests.  Addresses environmental issues related to water supply or quality concerns.
  • Supervises operations and maintenance of the City-owned and operated drinking water treatment plants.  Coordinates with water wholesalers regarding water quality. 
  • Responsible for water quality in a vast culinary water network, including water treatment plants and distribution system.  Supervises an extensive cross connection program to prevent transmission of contamination into the culinary water system. 
  • Identifies and implements procedures to prevent introduction of pathogenic, organic and inorganic contaminants into the culinary water system.  Directs operations of water treatment plants to protect finished water quality and meet public need.  Identifies opportunities for change and innovation in treatment process, distribution, and collection systems.
  • Supervises the Stormwater Quality program that includes the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) State of Utah Permit.  Responsible for water quality in the City-operated irrigation and storm water systems.
  • Supervises and monitors professional laboratory data for routine and special analyses to ensure quality control for culinary water, storm water, and irrigation water systems.
  • Works with the community, stakeholder groups, state and federal regulators, and residential, commercial and industrial customers, and others to promote the protection of the water system and the water environment.  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with employees, regulators, peer organizations, citizens, and elected officials; handle sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy; communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Remains engaged and informed with industry trade organizations for water treatment and water quality.
  • Attends meetings, monitors regulatory standard developments, and reviews issues impacting water quality, cross contamination and storm water quality.  
  • Responds to customers' water quality concerns, investigates and resolves issues. 
  • Meets the public expectations for water quality.  Facilitates customer confidence and respect.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, microbiology, organic chemistry, geochemistry, or a related field plus eight years of increasingly more responsible experience managing one or more programs, projects and/or operations for a large water production system. Related work experience should include one or more of the following: water treatment operations; storm water management; groundwater treatment; or, water pollution control.
  • Prior supervisory experience required.
  • Knowledge of water treatment technologies, process, reservoir management and hydrology.  Ability to communicate under adverse conditions; work with various types of educational and cultural backgrounds.  Excellent writing, oral and presentation skills.
  • A high-level technical acumen in chemistry and microbiology is essential to the job, along with an understanding of hydrology and water distribution, effective management skills, and advanced knowledge of regulatory requirements.
  • Possession of a valid state driver’s license or Utah driving privilege card.

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