A water quality scientist is responsible for safeguarding all aspects of water quality through scientific analysis and the setting of targets and standards in response to specific legislation. They compare test results with these standards, investigate shortfalls and take action to remedy problems. Depending on the employer, they may also be involved in providing solutions to water quality problems and water quality regulation.
They usually specialise in one of three areas:
More senior roles may involve significant liaison with businesses, the public and other water industry professionals.