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Water engineer is a generic title given to engineers who specialise in water-based projects; many have a civil engineering or environmental background. They may work with a variety of different liquids but generally deal with the provision of clean water, disposal of waste water and sewage and prevention of flood damage.
Asset management plays a major part in a water engineer's job. This involves repairing, maintaining and building structures that control water resources, e.g. sea defence walls, pumping stations and reservoirs.
Engineers have to constantly address new challenges and problems, which are caused by global warming, ageing infrastructure, population growth and higher quality living standards.
A water engineer can expect to undertake a range of activities, including both technical and non-technical tasks. The exact mix depends on the location (office or site-based) and seniority of the post and the employment sector.
There are, for example, differences between working in water supply or treatment and working in flood prevention, although many general engineering functions apply across the board.
Responsibilities often involve:
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