From fall to spring, you will find Joe and other laborers in the underground water basins. Here, he drains the four million gallons of water each basin holds and hoses down everything so that it is clean to work in. He then makes any necessary repairs and continues with preventive maintenance after that. The basin crew then fills it back up with water and move on to the next basin.
In the late spring and summer months, Joe is out of the basins for the season. Water production laborers then assist maintenance mechanics and utility mechanics on many different projects at all the different sites Des Moines Water Works manages. This can be quite diverse. One day you may be hanging from a crane hook lowered 30 feet underground and the next day you could be helping install new sleeves and bearings on a 21,000 GPM pump. Along with variety of task, the position also requires working at various sites, such as the Fleur Drive, L.D. McMullen or Saylorville Water Treatment Plants.
Joe says, “I am able to do a multitude of different things at many different sites around the Des Moines metro area. Being a Water Production Laborer has also provided me with the opportunity to learn new skills. That is why I have enjoyed my career in water at Des Moines Water Works.”