Veterans in Water: Clint Lorimer, Distribution Operator III

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Clint Lorimer, Distribution Operator III
Carmichael Water District
Army Veteran (3 years)

What is your role?

I am currently a Distribution Operator III. This is a journey level position, and some of my duties include the installation, repair and replacement of aging water services, new water mains, and fire hydrants to further support future needs in the District’s water distribution system.

What/Who inspired you to work in water?

After getting out of the military I really did not know what I wanted to do. I have a younger sibling who worked for a local city in the Water Distribution department. He always talked about the good benefits and potential advancement opportunities. After working many years in the private sector in underground construction where most of my work was out of town, I saw an open position at a local water district and I applied. This gave me the opportunity to be home with my family. That was 16 plus years ago.

What fuels your passion for your work?

You can feel a sense of pride doing a job to better serve your community. I learn something new every day.

What is the biggest misperception about working in water?

Years ago it may have been the salary compensation, but most municipalities/cities now offer excellent benefits, including retirement plan, paid time off for holidays and vacation plus other benefits. Wages have since increased through the years, and combined with the benefits package it can be a rewarding career.

Why should a veteran join this field?

The water industry is in constant need of competent personnel, to deliver service and maintain safe water to the public. Combined with benefits and retirement plans it can be an honorable and rewarding trade. Safe drinking water will always be in demand.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?

Being in a trade where I am providing a service to my community gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride.

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