Who are operators?
In connection with the operation of large wastewater treatment plants, a Wastewater Treatment Operator maintains a range of plant equipment, guides lower level operators, and does related duties as needed.
Wastewater Treatment Operators are responsible for ensuring that contaminants in wastewater is successfully broken down during the cleaning process. Testing samples, cleaning tanks, and other machinery, as well as ensuring that the treatment procedure complies with government safety rules, are all used to keep this under control.
What are the responsibilities of a WWT Operator?
Wastewater Treatment Operators assist the successful management and operation of the wastewater treatment plant and reuse facilities by working as part of a committed team to meet business objectives and regulatory performance criteria.
Wastewater Treatment Operators must have a working knowledge of wastewater treatment principles, safety regulations, first aid, chemical handling, wastewater sampling, and process control tests, as well as maintenance, operationand cleaning of wastewater treatment equipment and facilities.
A wave of operator’s retirement
Experienced water and wastewater treatment plant (WTP and WWTP) operators are in low supply and high demand due to a flood of recent retirees.
According to a Time magazine analysis, only 0.91 percent of WTP and WWTP operators, also known as water protection specialists, work over the age of 66, and more than a third of existing operation professionals are reaching retirement age. Your plant's ability to supply nation's requirement for clean water may be harmed as a result of the growing shortage.
Recognizing this, the government established the “India Water Sector Workforce Initiative” to help water utilities maintain workforce resiliency and, as a result, ensure that Indians can continue to rely on safe drinking water and crucial wastewater services that preserve public health and the environment.
Options for maintaining Water Treatment services indefinitely
Here are a few strategies for dealing with operator shortages:
• Use career fairs and internship opportunities to actively recruit young people into the field.
• Provide career-path options for people interested in plant operations by cross-training operation personnel and new hires to cover for colleagues and rotating non-operation employees into various plant operator positions.
• Install systems, controls, and automation in plants to reduce the amount of physical workers needed. This is especially useful if your factory is located in a remote location, is heavily reliant on it, or is located in hazardous working conditions.
• Form an operator-sharing arrangement with plants in the area.
• Outsource plant operations to a company that can provide experienced and certified operators. Contract-friendly organisations that provide a variety of operations and maintenance services and can do things like:
• Collect quarterly test samples and provide reports on compliance
• Evaluate, develop, and offer training to employees
• Supervise the construction process
• Create a contingency plan to deal with operator shortages caused by unforeseen disasters such as fires, floods, pandemics, and other events (including market pressures) that can cause continuous operation to be disrupted.
There will be a lack of experienced, certified operational personnel at WTP and WWTP plants in the near future. Develop and implement one or more of these methods immediately, before the projected operator shortage affects your plant, to guarantee that you can continue to deliver important water and wastewater treatment operations.
If you decide that outsourcing plant operations is the best option, look for a company that can provide operators that are familiar with the machinery, they will be operating or maintaining (or both).
Several companies that design and manufacture equipment’s also provide operating services. While working with our customers, Netsol's team of operator professionals has seen the benefits firsthand.