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City of Reno, NV Water Supply Inspector II in Reno, Nevada

Water Supply Inspector II

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Water Supply Inspector II

Class Code



$83,158.40 Annually

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Classification Description Summary

Perform responsible technical work involving program responsibility to ensure the availability of adequate water supplies to meet fire suppression requirements through plan review of proposed locations, maintenance, periodic testing, and repair of fire hydrants and water supply systems; plan and coordinate with Fire Inspectors and Firefighters for hydrant maintenance testing; plan and coordinate with municipal water companies; and perform related work as required.


The Water Supply Inspector II performs the full range of fire prevention and water supply inspection duties, receiving occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise. The Water Supply Inspector II is fully aware of and knowledgeable about department policies and procedures, as well as local, state, and national codes and ordinances. The Water Supply Inspector II receives general supervision from Fire Prevention Captains and may exercise technical oversight of employees in Fire Inspector I and/or Water Supply Inspector I classifications.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Reviews, evaluates, and approves plans for buildings, sites, street emergency vehicle access, fire hydrant locations, and fire protection systems pertaining to fire, building and life safety codes

Discusses plan review requirements and related design criteria for various occupancy types and industrial processes for code compliance and departmental procedures with architects, engineers, developers, and property owners.

Inspects safety systems during various phases of construction.

Investigates complaints and recommend solutions regarding fire and life safety hazards and water or fire hydrant damage, and conducts inspections of existing buildings, structures, or water systems to determine if hazardous or illegal conditions exists; documents code violations; recommends modifications to rectify violations, and ensures code conformance.

Assist as needed with inspections of fire alarm systems, automatic extinguishing systems, building exiting systems, and storage methods of explosive and combustible materials.

Assist as needed with firefighting operations when water supply is compromised.

Assist as needed with Fire Investigations.

Issues notices of violation and misdemeanor citations for fire code violations.

Prepares reports and maintenance records regarding hydrant data, mapping, inspections, and other relevant information using an electronic database and office software.

Remains current with changes in local and state fire and related codes.

Maintain inventory control of parts, equipment and supplies for repair of hydrants.

May occasionally supervise others

Serves as liaison on behalf of the Reno Fire Prevention Division with various jurisdictions, state, federal government agencies, community organizations, and groups.

Repair and perform maintenance on fire hydrants and water supply systems as required.

Coordinate with utility companies and others to solve low pressure, water main upgrade, and other problems affecting adequate water supply availability; may respond to major alarms to render assistance as needed.

Coordinate with local water authority to provide data for insurance rating purposes.

Develop and coordinate testing procedures for fire protection systems and fire hydrants.

Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Requirements and procedures of municipal water supply, distribution and hydrant systems.

Fire suppression water supply requirements.

Fire hydrant location, construction, operation and capacity.

Mechanical techniques and procedures.

Fire insurance ratings, water testing procedures and recordkeeping.

Basic algebra as applied to calculation of hydraulics.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Common office software programs.

Techniques for communicating effectively with the public.

English usage, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.

Basic mathematical calculations.

Fire Department and division of prevention organization and operations.

Codes, laws and regulations relevant to fire prevention, protection.

Fire prevention and protection components and the science of fire and firefighting.

Modern fire prevention and protection principles, practices. methods and techniques.

Fire behavior; common causes of fire and fire spread

IFC, IBC, & NFPA standards.

Fire protection equipment, systems and appliance evaluation, testing, and approval.

Fire department suppression operations, tactics, and strategies.

Community educational methodology related to fire and life safety, human behavior during fire and community risk assessment.

Ability to:

Develop and maintain computer spreadsheets.

Read and understand blueprints, plot plans and maps.

React with judgment in emergency situations.

Use specialty computer software programs.

Effectively run water flow/pressure tests.

Communicate effectively in oral and written form.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the public.

Work without direct supervision.

Apply pertinent city and state fire and life safety codes and ordinances.

Apply principles and practices of fire and life safety code enforcement.

Apply fire prevention methods and practices.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Completion of a high school diploma or equivalent supplemented by specialized training in the hydraulic fire protection systems and/or water supply systems.


Two years as a Water Supply Inspector I with the Reno Fire Department.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid driver's license.

Certification as a Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II and Plans Examiner from a nationally recognized certification board i.e. ICC, NFPA, DOD, IFSAC, etc.

All required licenses and certifications must be kept current for this position.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in both an office and field setting with frequent travel to different sites and locations; work in field, construction site and office environments; exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, gases, potentially hazardous chemicals; inspect in restricted spaces.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office and field setting; to travel to different field locations; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull medium to heavy amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and visual acuity for the review and analysis of maps, reading blueprints, plans, and computer screens.

Other Requirements

JD 04/2021

No state income tax. Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years. No Social Security participation, but Medicare deduction required (1.45%). City paid medical, dental and vision and life insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount for dependent coverage. Thirteen paid holidays. Vacation and sick leave plans. Deferred compensation plans available. Credit union available.


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