Tucson Water Backflow Prevention Unit

Recruitment #2110-2568-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride In Service.”

Tucson Water is seeking a qualified Cross-Connection Control Specialist to perform technical backflow prevention inspection and enforcement work involved in protecting the City's potable and reclaimed water systems from contamination through cross-connection.

General Description

Inspects and protects the City's potable and reclaimed water systems from contamination through cross-connection.  Administers and enforces state and City regulations.

Essential Functions

  • Maintains Tucson Water's Cross-Connection Control Program and  Reclaimed Water Site Inspection Program compliance with regulatory agencies and water regulations
  • Conducts quality control testing of customer-owned backflow prevention assemblies
  • Inspects plumbing, mechanical and equipment processes for actual or potential cross-connections, consults with customers regarding  compliance requirements, and prepares and distributes official notices
  • Conducts site inspections by checking for potable and reclaimed water system separation, performing tests and consulting with customers regarding user agreements  
  • Conducts non-routine investigations by locating cross connections, verifying applicable codes are met and assisting with the identification of actual and potential cross connections
  • Reviews development services plans by contacting customers, reviewing commercial building plans for service protection requirements and classifying fire protection systems
  • Coordinates with contractors and inspectors to ensure compliance with reclaimed water regulations; conducts annual reclaimed water site inspections
  • Conducts fire system inspections by inspecting and classifying fire systems, recording data and recommending backflow protection as required
  • Maintains records of Rain Water Harvesting and Gray Water System installations; monitors installations for compliance with backflow prevention requirements
  • Retrieves records, schedules and documents daily activities,  compiles reports, and investigates complaints
  • Conducts training for Backflow Assembly Tester and Reclaimed  Water site Tester certifications

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School


Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years code inspecting, plumbing, pipefitting, construction, or backflow assembly testing and repair


Valid and Unrestricted Driver's License - Class D 

Special Job Requirements

Backflow Assembly Tester Certification required at the time of application

Required within 12 months of hire:
• Cross-Connection Control Specialist Certification
• ADEQ Water Distribution Grade 1 Certification
• 24-hour Hazardous Water Operations & Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)

The certifications are required within 12 months of hire.  Failure to obtain the certifications will result in failure of probation and employment will be terminated effective immediately.  Failure to maintain all required certifications thereafter will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Applicants with water certification from other states will be accepted only if the certification is eligible for reciprocity. However, applicants are required to check with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regarding reciprocity/requirements.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a virtual Oral Board interview.   

  • Virtual Oral Board Interviews will tentatively be held December 2021

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 90% of your oral board interview   

Hiring interviews may be conducted post-list by the hiring authority.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Employment List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must reflect a characterization of service.

Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant evaluations must email the contacts listed below at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


**The City of Tucson values the safety of our employees, our residents, our community, and our visitors.  In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the City of Tucson.**

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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.