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Water Distribution and Grounds

Water Distribution and Grounds

Who is Water Distribution and Grounds?

The Water Distribution and Grounds Department has several areas of responsibility including:

  • Repair and maintenance of buried piping, fire hydrants and valves
  • Locating and marking buried utilities
  • Locating water leaks using ultrasonic sounding equipment
  • Maintaining computer records of all distribution piping
  • Twenty-four-hour dispatch
  • Managing the backflow prevention program
  • Grounds maintenance

The Water Distribution and Grounds Team

The Water Distribution and Grounds Team is a diverse group of more than 60 individuals with experience in many areas ranging from underground construction and field service to computerized leak detection and horticulture. The department is divided into five teams.

  • The Distribution Maintenance and Repair Team is the largest team. It includes crew leaders, equipment operators, pipe installers and laborers. This team is responsible for all water distribution system maintenance including repair of water main breaks.
  • The Leak Detection and Locating Team consists primarily of experienced field staff.
  • The Support Team includes administrative and record keeping staff.
  • The Dispatch Team consists of dispatchers who provide coverage in dispatch 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • The Grounds Maintenance Team includes gardeners, lead gardeners, laborers and equipment operators. This team is responsible for maintenance of Water Works Park – one of the largest inner city parks in America – as well as horticultural activities at the Des Moines Botanical Center.

What it’s Like to Work in Water Distribution and Grounds at DMWW

The water distribution maintenance and leak/locate teams have people who are on-call 24-hours a day. Water main breaks or leaks can occur at any time of day or night and we must respond quickly to restore service to our customers. This is outdoor work and much of it is in the winter. The grounds maintenance team also does much of their work outdoors. Spring and summer are busy times for them as they plant and maintain flowers and trees in Water Works Park, Des Moines Botanical Center and the medians along Fleur Drive.

Are You Eager for a Career in Water Distribution and Grounds at DMWW?

Typically, new members of the department begin their careers as pipelines or grounds laborers, equipment operators, or support in other roles. Advancement opportunities are available for knowledgeable, hardworking team members in many areas. Pipe installers, crew leaders, field service technicians and lead gardeners are often hired from within the department. Supervisory opportunities also exist within the department.

Des Moines Water Works is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and complies with the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.


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