At Aqua, we know that water is a precious resource - one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. That's why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earth's most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve.
Together, the women and men of Aqua America serve 1 million customers across eight states. Aqua uses science, technology, capital investments, and amazing talent to provide communities with clean, safe drinking water and responsibly return wastewater to our rivers and streams. Join our team and make a difference!
We are a private investor owned water company producing and providing potable water to over 250,000 customers (over 800,000 population) to an over 600 square mile area surrounding the city of Philadelphia. With nine treatment plants, the company can treat and deliver 194 million gallons of water to customers each day. The plants treat water from the Crum, Pickering, Brandywine, Perkiomen, Neshaminy, Ridley and Chester Creeks, the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers and the Upper Merion Quarry (vertical reservoir). Its primary surface water reservoirs can store nearly 10 billion gallons. Average daily usage on the system is about 115 million gallons a day.
This co-op position consists of a combination of both field work and office work. You will also interact and work with many different departments including but not limited to: mechanical/electrical, treatment, distribution, engineering, environmental compliance and the laboratory. Our goal is to provide an environment where you can learn the drinking water treatment process and apply what you have learned to your future career goals.
Field work consists of -
o Sampling various water treatment and distribution sites for analytes such as volatile organic compounds, coliform bacteria, total organic content, phosphate
o Testing for various parameters such as chlorine residual and pH.
o Working with other departments to implement new technology or treatment options and creating reports based on findings.
Office work consists of -
o Data collection and entry for monthly/quarterly compliance reports and organization of data collected at our remote well stations in order to ensure compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
o You may help update SOPs and may also spend some time in the company laboratory.
o You will be responsible for coordinating with vendors to ensure that our remote well stations have sufficient chemicals in order to be able to produce the highest quality water possible.
o You will have the opportunity to be an integral part of a company that impacts public health of customers it serves by providing earth's most essential resource.
o Must be 18 years of age or older
o Possess valid driver's license
o Knowledge of the five (5) county area surrounding Philadelphia
o Ability to work independently to complete assignments
o Ability to communicate clearly in speech and writing
o Knowledge of chemistry and chemical calculations
o Willingness to work in a drinking water plant environment
Aqua America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions, including medical conditions related to lactation), physical or mental disability, covered-veteran status, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.