How would you like to live and work in the beautiful Florida Keys? One of the Keys premier employers is searching for the right professional with the perfect balance of Engineering and Operations knowledge and education in water & wastewater utility systems operations experience, award winning team building skills and a great rapport with the public. This position would be responsible for strategic planning, capital improvements, the oversight of design, water quality, construction, and water and wastewater operations functions. We are looking for a well rounded Professional Engineer, who is detail oriented, yet sees and understands the “big picture”. Applicants who fit this description with the listed qualifications should apply.
Benefit package is extremely competitive!
Must complete on-line application at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=FKAA&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US
EEO, VPE, ADA
Qualifications: Civil or Environmental Engineering degree, Florida Professional Engineering license, advanced coursework in business management or public administration; supplemented by and a minimum of 10 years previous experience and/or training that include progressively more responsible positions in a water utility, governmental or related agency or firm with a minimum of six (6) years of significant management and administrative responsibility.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will be based on education and job related experience.
The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority Authority (FKAA) was created in 1937 by Special Legislation of the State of Florida. The FKAA is the sole provider of potable water for all of the residents of the Florida Keys and presently serves over 44,000 customers within Monroe County. Potable water is transported to the Keys through a 130 mile transmission pipeline with an additional 649 miles of distribu...tion pipelines which deliver water to the customer's property.
In 1998 and 2002, the Authority's Enabling Legislation was amended to redefine the primary purpose of the Authority to include collecting, treating and disposing of wastewater in certain areas of the Florida Keys.
The freshwater Biscayne Aquifer is the primary groundwater supply source for the FKAA. The Authority’s wellfield is located within an environmentally protected pine rockland forest west of Florida City on the mainland. The location of the wellfield near Everglades National Park, along with restrictions enforced by state and local regulatory agencies, contribute to the unusually high quality of the raw water. The FKAA wellfield contains some of the highest quality groundwater in the country, meeting and exceeding all regulatory drinking water standards prior to treatment. Strong laws and regulations protect FKAA’s wellfield from potential contaminating land uses. The J. Robert Dean Water Treatment Plant is staffed by state licensed personnel and it is home to one of our two nationally certified water testing laboratories.
The water taken from the ground at the well field is classified as very hard due to the relatively high concentration of calcium in the water. A process called lime softening is used to reduce the calcium hardness. Lime softening is achieved by the addition of excess calcium. This allows the water to become supersaturated with calcium, thereby causing the calcium to sink to the bottom of the treatment unit leaving softened water for use by customers. Softened water does not deposit as much calcium scale on household plumbing fixtures and cooking utensils and allows shampoo, laundry detergent and other soaps to lather better.
The softened water is then piped to "dual media filters": layers of anthracite and fine sand, a copy of the process that Mother Nature uses to filter water. A disinfectant is then added to prevent any bacteria growth the water could pick up on its journey from Florida City to Key West. Chlorine and ammonia are combined into the water to form Chloramines, a long lasting disinfectant without the objectionable taste and odor of regular chlorine. Fluoride, which is recommended for drinking water by the American Dental Association to prevent cavities and strengthen bones is then added.
FKAA’s water is pumped to the Keys through a 130 mile long transmission main at a maximum pressure of 250 pounds per square inch. The pipe begins with a diameter of 36", narrowing to 24" and ending with an 18" diameter. 800 horsepower electric motors are used at the water plant to pump water south. In case of emergency or power outage FKAA has two 1,000 horsepower diesel pumps and forty-five thousand gallons of fuel in storage. As an example, the diesel pumps were run for 28 days continuously after Hurricane Andrew. High pressure is required to move the water over long distances. The FKAA has booster pump stations in Key Largo, Long Key, Marathon, Ramrod Key and Stock Island to maintain desired pressures in the water main.
In the event of emergency or pipeline disruption, the FKAA uses its storage facilities located throughout the Keys to keep customers in water. The current storage capacity of the system is 45 million gallons. Also, the FKAA has two seawater desalination plants, located on Stock Island and in Marathon. The desalination facilities produce freshwater from ocean saltwater and are an emergency source of 3 million gallons per day of potable water for the Lower and Middle Keys. FKAA desalinated water recently won a statewide drinking water contest, and represented the state of Florida in the national competiton in Washington DC.
The dry season, from December to May, coincides with the Florida Keys' busiest season. When demand rises, the FKAA may blend up to 4 percent of our daily water supply from the deeper, brackish Floridan Aquifer. The temporary change does not affect water quality and customers should not notice any change in taste or clarity.
As part of our future water supply to meet anticipated greater demand, FKAA has built a brackish water reverse osmosis desalination addition to our Florida City water plant. The R.O. Plant adds up to 6 million gallons per day to supply while ensuring the long term viability of the Biscayne Aquifer. The R.O. Plant was completed in 2009.
Our largest and most recent capital project is the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System, which is in the final stages of completion. The treatment plant is up and running, with the last of the collection system being completed by the end of this year.
Further information may be obtained from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority’s website at: http://www.fkaa.com
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