Slow Sand Filter Operator

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Coppermills – East London
Contract type
38 hours a week
From £21,500 depending on skills and experience
Closing date
Job description

About the role: 

You and your team will be responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the Slow Sand Filters (SSF) at Coppermills Water Treatment Works to ensure throughput of production, meeting customer demand in line with company health and safety legislation. 

This role will involve 

Routine checks, maintenance and operating mobile plant to ensure that services are delivered to time, cost and quality standards.

The three key areas are skimming filters, the removal/ relaying of granular activated carbon (GAC) and re-sanding of SSFs.

Use of specialist mobile plant including skimmers, loading shovels, dumpers and excavators.Slow Sand Filter Technicians also operate the Floatex plant (Sand Washer) and GAC separation plants as well as the mobile crane when required.

General site housekeeping, plant checks and maintenance.

An adherence to legal and company health, safety and hygiene regulations are essential.

To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:

  • Previous experience working around or operating plant is advantageous.
  • Ability and attitude to take pride in the work that they and the team does every day,     whilst always striving for the highest standards.
  • Enthusiastic and physically fit with enthusiasm to learn.
  • Be prepared to work outdoors in all weathers and prepared to take on a range of manual tasks.
  • Team player with good communication skills are essential.

What’s in it for you:

This is an excellent opportunity to join the operations team at one of the UK’s largest water treatment works that has a direct impact on the treated water that goes straight to the customer.

Slow sand filters enable us to supply a third of London's drinking water. This frontline role maintaining these filters enables us to keep up with the demand and ensures London is always fully supplied with water.

Slow Sand Filters are cleaned in accordance with operational standards, which vary depending on the time of year (summer and winter strategy). This means that the work varies day to day and the majority of the work is outdoors.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, a generous holiday allowance (which increases to 28 days with length of service), and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our refer-a-friend bonus, where you can receive up to £1,000 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re also proud to be here for our local community, offering all of our teams two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities.

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About us:

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning poo into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.

Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with an award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.

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