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Job Ref:  14-WS-4420-206
Organization:  DC Water
Job Category:  Water and Sewers
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  D.C. (DC)
City:  Washington
Post Code:  20032
Salary and Benefits:  $51,465 - $85,000; Medical, Vision, Dental, Retirement


The Authority is seeking a highly motivated Foreman, Water Services.

The Foreman, Water Services is responsible for the investigation, construction, repair and maintenance on the water distribution system throughout the District of Columbia. The incumbent may supervise System Repair Crews, Valve-Hydrant Flushing or Investigation Crews or a combination of crews consisting of 2 to 9 workers of varying grades.

Incumbent supervises and directs repair crews in the repair and/or replacement of water mains, services, fire hydrants, valves, casings and other appurtenances. Responsible for directing and supporting repair crews in the investigation and location of leaks, excavation, shoring and backfilling of trenches up to 20’ in depth, installation of taps, and abandonment of services. Adheres to and enforces the Authority’s rules and policies including adapted safety standards and responsible for repair crew work zone safety. Responsible for adherence to the DDOT mandates and the set-up of traffic control devices on the jobsite.

Responsible for the accurate completion of DDOT Permit Application and DC Water Cut Release Application (i.e. size of excavation, ties, etc.). Responsible for coordinating with DC Water Public Space Restoration group to ensure all proper permit applications have been processed which includes but is not limited to Emergency Work Requests (construction and occupancy). Plans and schedules work assignments for multiple crews. Orders necessary equipment and materials for specific tasks and ensures that materials are made available at the construction sites when needed.

Directs the operation of a variety of mechanical equipment. Inspects completed work to ensure joints are water tight under high pressure and work has been completed in accordance with DC Water standards and specifications. Directs excavation to prevent any damages to existing utilities and to determine the appropriate size of the excavation for the identified work and provides all coordination for utility marking for each construction site as required.

Determines the time of water service interruption and responsible for notification. Ensures the accuracy and completeness of a Daily Activity Report and the Time and Attendance log for his/her crew. Prepares other reports such as accident and injury report, productivity and performance data report, as required. Responsible for planning all activities for shutdown of water mains, repairing valves and hydrants.

Responsible for directing and supporting repair crews in the performance of preventive valve and fire hydrant maintenance that may also include flushing. Responsible for investigating customer complaints. Performs other related duties and projects as assigned at the discretion of the General Foreman.


High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate and five (5) years of recent and relevant progressive experience associated with repairing and maintaining water mains and valve/hydrants.


Must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operating License, a Commercial Driver’s License, Class B with air brakes endorsement.

Skills Test Required.

Excellent communication skills. Computer Skills to include the use of Microsoft Office Suite and computer work management system. Skill in reading and understanding various pressure and diffuser gauges used for measuring water pressure.

Knowledge of the city’s water main system and ability to read map system plans. Ability to supervise the worksite; climb up and down ladders; work in cramped spaces while bent over or squatting. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and push and pull up to 100 lbs.

Incumbent works outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions, including inclement weather. Works in wet, muddy trenches and in generally wet conditions daily. Subject to noise.

The incumbent is required to work overtime and is subject to being placed on call during hours and schedule identified by the Authority. The incumbent is required to work shift work, holidays and weekends. The incumbent is required to participate in all aspects of the work, including performing labor-intensive activities (assignments are not limited to administrative work).


We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


Application must reference Job Title and Announcement No. 14-WS-4420-206.

D.C. Water and Sewer Authority – Human Capital Management

5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20032, Attn: Keith Greenidge

DC Water Website: www.dcwater.com


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