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Water network operative

Water network operatives look after the pipes, mains and pumping stations that supply homes and businesses with water.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £25,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

42 to 44 a week

  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of physics
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • digging holes by hand or with mechanical digging equipment
  • using maps and plans to trace where to dig
  • laying and repairing water mains and pipes
  • using closed circuit TV to check for blockages in pipes and drains
  • clearing blockages
  • installing water meters and hydrants
  • maintaining vehicles and equipment
  • recording details of completed work and materials used

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could progress to a team leader.

With further training, you could become an engineering technician or water engineer.

You'll find more details about working and training in the water industry from Talent Source Network.

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