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Our Values

Every day, a core set of values guide the Board of Water Supply (BWS) in how we work together to accomplish our mission. The values reflect and reinforce our culture in the delivery of water service to our customers.

  • Personal Responsibility: We are water professionals who earn and uphold the community's trust every day through our actions and in doing our jobs right.
  • Team Responsibility: We depend upon and support each other and treat each other with dignity and respect.
  • Organizational Responsibility: We provide a healthy and safe work environment through cooperation, participation, and shared decision-making.
  • Societal Responsibility: We provide quality service to our customer with the highest level of courtesy and efficiency.
  • Environmental Responsibility: We uphold the Public Trust as thoughtful stewards of Oahu's water resources and the environment.

Public Trust: Principle embedded in Hawaii Law that recognizes that water is held in trust by the State of Hawaii for present and future generations.

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Permanent, Civil Service Employment

Recruitment for permanent, civil service City positions with the Board of Water Supply (BWS) are posted online by the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Current BWS job openings include:

City Department of Human Resources

For those who do not have access to their own personal computer, visit the DHR at:

Fasi Municipal Building
650 South King Street, 10th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96814
Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Monday - Friday, except holidays

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Temporary, Non-Civil Service Employment

To be considered for temporary, non-civil service employment, submit your resume electronically to bwshr@hbws.org. Please include the job title in the subject and/or body of your email to indicate the type of position(s) that you are seeking.

Backflow Prevention Technician - UPDATED!

The position is located at the Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Section.  Under close supervision, the position assists with the department’s cross-connection control and backflow prevention program to ensure compliance with federal requirements and the policy of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.

Civil Engineer

The duties and responsibilities required for the position: prepares specifications and contracts for Field Operation Division (Division) activities, such as new material purchases; testing materials; erosion control; for repair of pipelines, tunnels and access roads; and for the maintenance of landscaped grounds and watershed areas; project manager for the CIP project to replace water meter transponders; prepare Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (ESCP) for trenching and repaving work required for trenching permits.  Perform work as the Division’s ESPC coordinator; investigates and performs engineering evaluations for pipe failures.  Plans and supervises the collection of statistical data; identifies specific Division issues by coordinating and reviewing plans and specifications prepared by others to assure conformance with the Water System Standards (WSS); review technical reports and literature received by the Division and makes recommendations for its use; prepares report of investigations/studies, including the preparation of technical sketches, charts, and graphs; reviews and provide recommendations for materials submitted for inclusion into the WSS; follows up and if necessary, address complaints and trouble calls; assist in managing the Division’s repaving program; operates a motor vehicle as needed; and performs other related work as assigned.


Responsible for building electrical systems, equipment and appurtenant fixtures for all BWS corporation/base yards and pumping facilities. Conducts regular visual inspections and operational tests; installs, maintains, and repairs the building electrical components.

Environmental Management Specialist

Plans, determines and enforces the department’s water system compliance with all applicable federal and state environmental laws, rules and regulations. Investigates, determines and prepares plans and strategies to mitigate chemical, biological, and other hazards that pose  potential impacts to the department’s drinking water sources. Gathers and analyzes the necessary scientific data to identify the actions needed to mitigate the threat. Prepares environmental permit applications and monitors and enforces the department’s compliance with the permit provisions and requirements.

IT Systems Trainee - UPDATED!

Under the direct supervision in the Database Management Section, the position assists with following functions: Implementation of databases that are efficient, fault tolerant, cost effective, and easy to maintain and support; implementation, maintenance, and support of database security to protect unauthorized access, and database backup and recovery to maximize system availability; troubleshooting and resolution of database problems, and escalate as necessary; implementation of application systems; development of user stored procedures and functions, and implementation of job scheduling. Performs routine monitoring of the enterprise database, and routine maintenance of database and updates as required.

Laboratory Water Quality Assurance Specialist

Plans, coordinates, implements, monitors and administers a comprehensive drinking water laboratory quality assurance program that defines the procedures, practices, and processes for ensuring the analytical test results produced by the department’s laboratories are technically sound, correct, and high quality.

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Updated: 12/27/17