Municipal Water Leader
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    Volume 7 Issue 7 July/August 2020 A Vision for 2020

    They say everything is bigger in Texas—and water delivery infrastructure is no exception. This month, Municipal Water Leader features a number of large regional water providers in the Lone Star State. Our cover story features David Montagne of the Sabine River Authority, which delivers raw water to municipal and industrial customers across millions of acres, from Dallas down to the Gulf of Mexico.  We also hear from Rodney Rhoades, the interim executive director and general manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), about the exciting progress that is being made on Bois D’Arc Lake, the first major reservoir to be constructed in Texas in 30 years. We also…

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    Eastern Municipal Water District’s Full-Spectrum Safety Program

    Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) provides water, wastewater, and recycled water services to nearly 900,000 residents of a rapidly growing area in Riverside County, California. Its significant size and wide variety of activities mean that its more than 600 employees are exposed to a number of on-the-job hazards, from heat to high-voltage electricity to work in confined spaces. To address this, EMWD has a well-developed safety, risk, and emergency management system that includes training, risk reporting, and the identification of all risks associated with its equipment.  In this interview, EMWD General Manager Paul Jones and Director of Safety, Risk and Emergency Management Doug Hefley tell Municipal Water Leader about the…

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    Canadian River Municipal Water Authority: A Guaranteed Supply for North Texas

    A native of the Texas Panhandle, Kent Satterwhite is only the second general manager in the more-than- 50‑year history of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority (CRMWA). The CRMWA is situated in the Texas Panhandle and meets most of the raw water needs of its 11 member cities, which in turn serve nearly 600,000 people. In addition to providing surface water from its Lake Meredith Reservoir, CRMWA has perhaps the largest groundwater rights holdings in the nation, ensuring its viability far into the future.  In this interview, CRMWA General Manager Kent Satterwhite tells Municipal Water Leader about the authority’s history and services. 

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    San Antonio Water System: Diversifying San Antonio’s Water Portfolio

    The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) was formed in 1992 to take over the functions of a number of water, wastewater, and water reuse entities in the San Antonio city government. Today, it provides services to 1.86 million people across a 933-square-mile area. Over the last few decades, SAWS has worked to diversify San Antonio’s water supply, which used to rely solely on the local aquifer, so that it includes recycled water, aquifer storage and recharge (ASR), brackish groundwater desalination, and nonlocal groundwater piped in via a 142-mile pipeline.  In this interview, Donovan Burton, SAWS’s water resources and intergovernmental relations vice president, tells Municipal Water Leader about the agency’s work…

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    Tom Kula: 6 Years of Accomplishments at North Texas Municipal Water District

    Tom Kula recently retired as the executive director of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). After serving 32 years in the U.S. Army, Mr. Kula went on to serve people in a different way by spending 6 years at NTMWD, helping to ensure the 1.8 million people it serves had access to the vital water resources they require. In this second phase of his professional life, Mr. Kula tackled many challenges confronting NTMWD in its ongoing quest for new opportunities to fully serve the region. 

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    Why North Texas Municipal Water District Is Building the First Major Texas Reservoir in 30 Years

    The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) provides treated water to 13 member cities and other customers across a rapidly growing region with a population of 1.8 million. It is currently working on the first major Texas reservoir in 30 years, Bois D’Arc Lake. In light of the population growth in its area, NTMWD is also looking into developing new wastewater treatment facilities.  In this interview, NTMWD Interim Executive Director and General Manager Rodney Rhoades tells Municipal Water Leader about the district’s history, current services, and plans for the future. 

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    David Montagne: Water Supply for the Sabine River Basin

    The Sabine River Authority (SRA) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1949 to store, control, preserve, and distribute water. With 115 employees and a service area of over 7,400 square miles, the SRA helps conserve water and distribute it to large Texas cities, such as Dallas and Longview, and industrial customers near the Gulf of Mexico.  David Montagne is the executive vice president and general manager of the SRA and has worked for the authority for 34 years. In this interview, he tells Municipal Water Leader about the SRA’s current projects and its plans for the future. 

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    Delivering Drinking, Industrial, and Irrigation Water Amid the Pandemic

    Weber Basin Water Conservancy District (WBWCB) is the regional water supplier within the Ogden and Weber River drainage areas, supplying water to 700,000 people within five counties in Utah. WBWCD delivers approximately 230,000 acre-feet a year of wholesale municipal, agricultural, irrigation, and industrial water through a system including seven large storage reservoirs, three hydropower generation plants, four water treatment plants, and hundreds of miles of canals, tunnels, aqueducts, and pipelines. In this interview, Tage Flint, WBWCD’s general manager and CEO, tells Municipal Water Leader about what the district has been doing to continue operations during the pandemic. 

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    Operating a River Authority During the Pandemic

    Trinity River Authority (TRA), created in 1955 and based in Arlington, Texas, aims to promote the conservation, reclamation, protection, and development of the natural resources of the Trinity River basin for the benefit of the public. TRA provides service to more than 60 cities, districts, and other large water users in the Trinity River basin. In this interview, TRA General Manager Kevin Ward tells Municipal Water Leader about how the authority has overcome the challenges of the pandemic to continue operations. 

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    Water Industry Employers’ Responsibilities During COVID-19

    The COVID‑19 pandemic has disrupted the day-to-day functioning of businesses and public agencies in myriad ways, raising safety worries and motivating a large shift to remote work. Amid these changes, employers have obligations to support their sick employees, protect their healthy ones, and figure out how to restart normal operations in a safe and prudent manner. In this interview, Diane Campanile, the founder of human resources (HR) firm People-Dynamics, tells Municipal Water Leader about the rules and regulations all employers should be aware of in these challenging times.