Water and Sewerage Plant Operatives

Water and sewerage plant operatives operate valves to control water supplies in mains and pipelines, attend screening, filtering, water purifying and sedimentation plant, clear any blockages and patrol and maintain sewerage systems.


New workers

New workers start around £21,200. Normal pay is £31,199 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £47,747.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 12,367 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Digs trench and assists pipe layers to lay, renew or repair sewerage pipes.

  • Patrols sections of sewer, examines for any blockages or gas releases and clears blockages by flushing or by using boring rods.

  • Cleans out screen compartments, sedimentation tanks and filtration beds manually or using mechanical scraper.

  • Regulates flow of raw sewage into screening plant, releases screened sewage and regulates its flow into detritus pits, sedimentation tanks and filtration beds.

  • Stops water supply in an emergency and informs consumers likely to be affected.

  • Opens and closes valves to regulate quantity and pressure of water and reports defective valves or abnormal water pressure.

  • Attends water filtration and purification plant, monitors chemical treatment and regulates treatment of water supply within strict guidelines.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Water Treatment

  • Wastewater

  • Sewage Treatments

  • Risk Analysis

  • Environment Health And Safety

  • Project Management

  • Housekeeping

  • Water Supply Networks

  • Plumbing

  • Pump Stations

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Planning

  • Problem Solving

  • English Language

  • Detail Oriented

  • Mathematics

  • Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.