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Water Treatment Specialist (92W)

Construction and Engineering Army MOS Information
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  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve

The health and well-being of Army communities is a major concern. Maintaining Army work places and living areas in a sanitary and safe fashion helps to prevent illness. As an important member of the environmental health and safety team, Water Treatment Specialists inspect facilities and food supplies for the presence of disease, germs or other conditions hazardous to health and the environment.

Water Treatment Specialists are primarily responsible for supervising or performing the installation and operation of water purification equipment, as well as dealing with water storage and distribution operations and activities.

Some of your duties as a Water Treatment Specialist may include:

  • Assisting in water reconnaissance, site preparation and setup of water treatment activity
  • Operating and maintaining water treatment equipment
  • Receiving, issuing, and storing potable water
  • Performing water quality analysis testing and verification
  • Monitoring storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste
  • Analyzing food and water samples to ensure quality
  • Conducting health and safety investigations of living quarters and facilities
  • Providing training on industrial hygiene, environmental health and occupational health issues
  • Monitoring noise and radiation levels at job sites


Job training for a Water Treatment Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and approximately 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in testing different products. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. You’ll learn:

  • Identification of health hazards
  • Inspection of food products and food service operations
  • Inspection of wastewater and waste disposal facilities
  • The Army offers certified apprenticeship programs for some specialties in this occupation.

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • An interest in algebra, biology, chemistry and general science
  • An interest in gathering information
  • A preference for work requiring attention to detail
  • An interest in protecting the environment

Advanced Responsibilities:

Advanced level Water Treatment Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Water Treatment Specialist, you may be involved in:

  • Conducting water reconnaissance
  • Developing water sources and water points
  • Supervising and training soldiers to perform water treatment tasks
  • Performing operator maintenance and inspecting operational condition and maintenance of equipment
  • Determining treatment method and treating water for purification
  • Analyzing and verifying test results of raw and treated water
  • Maintaining and inventorying water treatment equipment and chemical supplies
  • Preparing water treatment reports

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