People are a big part of this job. When you’re working on the network you can find yourself in variety of places ranging from an isolated pumping station to the middle of a housing estate. Wherever you find yourself working you’re doing it for people, for customers, for the community. And you see that every day, it gives me a great sense of pride working here doing what I do.
I remember working out in Dundry once, flushing – which is how we clean the mains. It happened to be the same day as the local church fete. The fete was seeing low pressure which was causing some problems with the tea and coffee making so I took some bottled water up to help out. One of the organisers ask me how long the job would take and I told her that it was taking longer than I had hoped and joked how frustrating that was as I didn’t have any lunch with me. Next thing I knew they were gathering up cakes and sandwiches from around the fete and putting together a little packed lunch. You don’t get that connection with people in many jobs.
The other point on people is the people you work with, I’ve got some really good mates who work as District Inspectors and Leakage Inspectors. The sort of people you can turn to at any point. One of the guys even stopped a game of Fifa on his day off to give me some advice.
For the last couple of weeks I have been indirectly working with others, including the leakage inspection team. Investigations I have been carrying out regarding low pressures have helped assist our leakage inspectors target possible areas to survey where unseen leaks may be located. I’ve been putting out loggers to monitor the pressures and also checking the mapping system to see what I can find out. Seeing the results come back in and reading what they tell you is fascinating.
So would I recommend working here? Yeah, most definitely. It is a place you can be proud of, everyone knows who Bristol Water is and you get to do different stuff every day. You learn most of it on the job so you just need a good attitude and you’ll do just fine here.