City of Durham, NC - Water Management

1600 Mist Lake Dr Durham, North Carolina 27704
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    Energy / Utilities / Oil & Gas
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Located between the Great Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, and known to many as “The City of Medicine” or to some as the “Bull City”, Durham is the home of Duke and North Carolina Central Universities, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham Bulls Triple A baseball, the Museum of Life and Science, the Nasher Museum of Art, over 300 restaurants, more than 40 annual festivals, and world class medical facilities.  Durham also boasts the American Tobacco Historic District, including the 2,800 seat Durham Performing Arts Center, which has transformed downtown Durham into a live-work and entertainment district.  With more than 5.2 million visitors annually, Durham is a top destination of arrivals at RDU International Airport.  Located in Durham County, Durham is a compact 296 square mile community and hosts 80% of the world-renowned 6,800-acre Research Triangle Park.  It is the goal of elected officials, employees, and citizens alike that Durham will be North Carolina’s leading City in providing an excellent and sustainable quality of life.

 The Department of Water Management provides the City of Durham and most of Durham County with safe drinking water while protecting the environment with superior wastewater treatment operations.  This is a complex and growing department with the objective of maintaining high levels of efficiency, professionalism, ethical standards, and morale.  With approximately 250,000 citizens and an extended water and sewer service area population of over 275,000, Durham owns and operates 2 water supply dams/reservoirs, 2 water treatment plants, 2 water reclamation facilities, and over 2500 miles of water distribution and sewer collection infrastructure. 

 Durham also serves large institutional users located within the Research Triangle Park, as well as Duke University.  Water Management’s revenue is over $80 million and is responsible for a $54 million operating budget, $250 million capital improvements program, and 350 employees operating within several divisions:  Water Supply and Treatment, North and South Durham Reclamation Facilities, Customer Billing Services, Plant Engineering & Maintenance, Water and Sewer Maintenance, Administration & Finance, Cross Connection Control, Water Efficiency & Conservation, Industrial Waste Pretreatment, Lift Station Maintenance and Utility Engineering.


·         Immediate contribution to 401(k) with automatic 5% employer contribution

·         457 Deferred Compensation, Roth 401(k), and 529 College Savings Plan options available

·         Retirement Plan with 100% vestment in five years

·         Retirement Health Savings Plan with employer contribution for medical expenses at retirement

·         Life insurance paid up to annual salary; options for more

·         Flex Spending Accounts for dependent care and medical expenses

·         Medical plans discounted through wellness credits

·         Vision & dental plans

·         EAP services

·         Generous annual leave plus 10 holidays with extra days through the holiday seasons


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1600 Mist Lake Dr
Durham North Carolina 27704
United States

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