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Treatment Facility The Water Production Section operates and maintains water storage, diversion, collection, pumping, and treatment facilities from all sources throughout the system. Our system includes the Graham Hill Water Treatment Plant, which can process up to 16 million gallons of water per day and is the only conventional water treatment plant on the Monterey Bay. The Water Distribution Section maintains and operates all transmission and distribution mains throughout the water piping network. Water Distribution also maintains and operates all service lines, hydrants and valves.

For Water Treatment or Water Distribution career paths:

  1. Learn about state water certification requirements: www.swrcb.ca.gov/drinking_water/certlic/occupations/DWopcert.shtml
    Links include steps in certification process, list of exam dates and exam application form.
  2. Take water specific classes at Gavilan College (Gilroy) or by distance learning. California State University at Sacramento (CSUS) is recommended by department as the best place for related distance learning www.owp.csus.edu/faq.php. Below you will find more options for distance learning. List of online education providers, recommended reading, and range of knowledge required for each level of certification on the SWRCB website listed in #1 above.
  3. Review City of Santa Cruz entry level job descriptions for required certification and career paths:
    Water Meter Specialist
    Water Treatment Operator in Training/II/III/IV
    Water Distribution Operator in Training/II/III

More Distance Learning Options:







For Plant Maintenance, Mechanical Tech, Electrical/Instrumentation Tech career paths:

  1. Learn about what you need to qualify, what you need to pass the test, and list of study materials www.cwea.org/cert_howcert_handbooks.shtml
  2. Find out how to earn certification www.cwea.org/cert_howcert_steps.shtml
  3. Review related City of Santa Cruz job descriptions for required certification and career paths:
    Water Facilities Electrical/Instrumentation Technician
    Water Facilities Mechanical Technician II/III
    Senior Electrician
    Service Maintenance Worker
    Utility Maintenance Technician

For further information about the City’s Water Treatment division:
Contact Terry McKinney, Superintendent of Water, Plant and Production at 831-420-5455, or by email for information about certification, coursework, correspondence course, and examples of required manuals for classes. The Water Treatment Facility is currently currently undergoing some major construction and are not offering public tours at this time. They hope to offer them again late next fall, or early winter.

For further information about the City’s Water Distribution division:
Contact Miguel Valencia, Water Distribution Supervisor at 831-420-5563 or by email for additional information about certification, coursework, and correspondence course work for distribution certifications.

Go to the City of Santa Cruz website for job information including salaries and benefits www.cityofsantacruz.com
Contact the Human Resources Department for further information HR@cityofsantacruz.com.