Megan Carmichael-Coombs

Water Process Technician

Megan is a Water Process Technician at Wessex Water

What I do

I recycle water – dirty water comes in, we recycle it with different treatments and then it goes out clean, so it can be used again. There are lots of areas the water passes through, and sampling and testing to do to make sure it’s safe, as well as lots of machinery to keep working, there are so many tasks and it’s up to me and my mentor to keep the whole site working.

One minute we might be dealing with a breakdown and taking apart a pump and the next we’ll be getting samples to send to the lab. I’m also doing an apprenticeship so I do work for that too, I’ve just completed my Confined Space training so I should be able to go down into wells soon, and I just passed my JCB training so I can use a forklift and JCB now which I love!

How I became a technician

A surprising fact about my job

People are shocked when I say one of my favourite parts of the job is the screen room, which is probably the dirtiest, smelliest part! All the water passes through the screens, the dirty stuff gets taken out and goes into the skip and the water goes into the water pumping station.

I’ve always found it interesting, you find stuff and think “How on earth did that go down your toilet or down your sink or down the drainage?” You get to see what actually comes through the system, which fascinates me.

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What I love most about my job

My mentor. Jason is my mentor, but he does a lot more than what a mentor should do, he basically helps me with everything, he’s the reason I come to work.

The best bits about working in a team

There are two of us on this site, which is quite big. It’s great working together, not just because we get on really well, but also it’s great not having to rely on other people to come and help, you’re never alone so you can get straight on with a task.

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

Finding myself. And finding Jason, my mentor. Looking at where I was to where I am now, it’s a massive change, and I want other people to understand that there's always light at the end of the tunnel and things can get better.

What I like to do in my spare time

I like to go sea fishing with my Dad, obviously being in Western-Super-Mare we've got the sea right on our doorstep so we like to go out and catch some cod or bass for dinner.

The advice I'd give to someone younger

Get out there and give anything a go, you never know what you'll enjoy. I've given this a go and I absolutely love it!

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