Coachella Valley Water District has been recognized with numerous awards this year from the Colorado River Basin Section (CORBS) of the California Water Environment Association, including a Collections System of the Year Award.
The awards for work conducted in 2018 include:
- Juan Martinez -- Supervisor of the Year Award
- Jose Bon -- Collections Person of the Year Award
- Armando Pecheco, Garrett Galindo & Abel Zabalza -- Gimmicks or Gadget Award
- Allan Besse -- Mechanical Technician of the Year
- Leonard Corral (CVWD retiree) -- Distinguished Service Award
- Wastewater Reclamation Plant 7 -- Engineering & Research Award
- Collections System of the Year Award (Large System)
“These awards are a testament to the dedication of CVWD employees who work in wastewater reclamation every day,” said Dan Farris, director of Operations for CVWD.
This is the first year for the “Gimmicks or Gadget Award” award category. The award recognized the work of the CVWD team for heating and bending a shovel by 90 degrees to allow it to reach into a chemical odor scrubber vessel to clean it.
The awards were presented at a dinner Feb. 9 at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella. The winners at the section level are eligible to compete at the statewide level.
The California Water Environment Association is a nonprofit group that represents more than 10,000 professionals in the wastewater industry.
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.