Water or sewerage plant operative
- 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
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.
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.