Water or sewerage plant operative

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.


  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 39% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for water or sewerage plant operative is £20,846

312 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 312. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for water or sewerage plant operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,846 per year. That is about £1,737 per month or £10.69 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,408, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £37,482

Is it growing or declining?

This career has grown over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 312 people are employed in the region.

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