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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate water recovery unit 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
246486  Operate water recovery unit 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for people who are tasked with the operation of a water recovery unit. It will provide learners with knowledge and skills to settle process water and both operate and maintain the recovery unit in accordance with work policies and legislation. This competence will assist in minimising water wastage, ensuring efficient water treatment processes, and will contribute to the availability of potable water to communities. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and explain the principles of water recovery unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety procedures are identified explained and adhered to in order to alleviate hazardous situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Recovery unit data is interpreted to determine the unit capacity needed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Recovery unit data include but are not limited to capacity of holding tank measured in cubic meters, number of filters to be washed, volume of sludge to be withdrawn, settleable solids.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A work plan is developed based on the recovery unit data requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Recovery unit is inspected to determine the operational status of the unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Problems identified are recorded for corrective action. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Different components of recovery units are identified and described in terms of their uses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Components refer but are not limited to gravity thickener, automatic level control, flow meters, valves and pumps.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Quality of water produced by the recovery unit is monitored and recorded to determine its influence on the treatment process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Quality of water include but are not limited to pH, turbidity and conductivity.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Various sampling points are identified for sampling purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Reasons for choosing different sampling points are described to determine the quality of water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Sampling techniques are identified and described to ensure representation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge and ability to use operating instructions. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Operating instructions refer to organisational work policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Procedures for water recovery unit operation are identified and described in order to maintain water quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ability to calibrate and measure pH, turbidity and conductivity is demonstrated using pH, turbidity and conductivity meters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Results of measurements are applied on the water recovery unit in terms of the operating instructions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Perform calculations relevant to recovery unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Water recovered is calculated and recorded in terms of quantity and quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Water flow meters are read, interpreted and recorded to determine the quantity of water recovered. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain a recovery unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A recovery unit is cleaned in accordance with works operations procedures to maintain operational efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mechanical and electrical malfunctions are recorded for reporting purposes to maintain operational efficiency. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA`s policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Learners should have a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Motor and gearbox operation.
  • Hand tools (e.g. grease gun).
  • Blockages and leakages.
  • Hygiene and safety practices.
  • Observation of processes.
  • Reporting structure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by checking and monitoring seals and free arm movements to ensure the quality of water is in accordance with the required standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Planning, organising and managing oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively to complete designated tasks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information in relation to the quality of water. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the form of oral and/or written presentation by reporting any irregularities identified on the plant in accordance with standard reporting procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when operating water treatment systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 12333, "Operate water recovery unit and dispose of sludge", Level 2, 8 credits.

    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalities that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Assessment option:

    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral or written questions.
  • Observation. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58951   National Certificate: Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


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    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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