Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Palatka Wastewater Treatment Plant currently has job openings for the following positions:

​Plant Operator Trainee​​

General Description:
​To operate, monitor, maintain, and trouble-shoot the wastewater treatment facility and its processes.
​Work involves responsibility for the technical aspects of plant operations, compliance with state and federal operating regulations, and underground sewer system. Work is performed with considerable independence under the direction of the Chief Operator, subject to review through reports and results achieved. ​​

Work Requirements:
​Be able to perform and document various tests required by State and Federal agencies for the operation of a wastewater treatment plant.
​Perform daily checks of the wastewater treatment process and periodic checks of pump stations.
​Have a working knowledge of the operation, methods and procedures of a wastewater treatment plant.
​Have a working knowledge of the machinery used for wastewater treatment and pumping stations.
​Have a thorough knowledge of mechanical equipment and the ability to diagnose and correct equipment malfunction. Have a working knowledge of basic machinery preventive maintenance and repair.
​Have a basic knowledge of State and Federal rules governing wastewater discharges and worker’s safety.

​Mechanic Trainee

General Description:

This is a skilled technical work in operating, repairing and maintaining the city’s wastewater treatment plants, equipment and associated collections systems. Work is performed under the direction of a the lead mechanic  and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results obtained.

Desirable Qualifications:•    Graduation from high school or equivalent, one years experience in wastewater treatment operations and maintenance. •    Experience working in a municipal public works department•    Training/education in maintenance, machinery, mechanics or related field•    History of safe work habits and clean driving record

Wastewater leaves your home from sink and shower drains, washing machines, dishwashers, and commodes and enters the City's sanitary sewer system. A vast network of pipes lie unseen under the ground as well as main pumping stations that function continually day and night to carry your wastewater to the city's treatment plant.

The City of Palatka Public Works personnel work daily to maintain these stations to ensure that your wastewater flows either by gravity or pump to the treatment facility to be cleaned and disinfected to a quality acceptable to be reclaimed for reuse purposes or released into the environment.

The City of Palatka Platt Drew Wastewater Treatment Plant was established in 1985 and currently treats an average of 1.7 million gallons of flow per day. 40 Lift Stations throughout the City are serviced and maintained on a daily basis.
Our plant currently supplies reuse irrigation to several facilities throughout the city including Golf Course, Airport, Cemeteries and Ball Fields. 
Our total flow capacity was upgraded to 3.5 million gallons per day in 2011. We will be discharging 100% of our final effluent as reuse by 2015. We are also currently in the process of upgrading our biosolids handling facility.


3010 Browns Landing Road

Palatka, FL 32177

Phone: (386) 329-0146

Fax: (386) 329-0183