City Water Services Department Takes Top State Honors May 4

AZ Water Association has once again recognized the city of Glendale as the recipient of its Large Water System of the Year award during its 90th Annual 2017 AZ Water Conference and Exhibition award ceremony held May 4. Glendale took this same top statewide award previously in 2011.

The Glendale Large Water Distribution System is responsible for conveying clean water in an environmentally-safe manner from water treatment facilities to residences and businesses. The system is operated and maintained by a team of 48 highly-trained skilled workers, electricians, maintenance mechanics and technology professionals.

Award nominees were required to meet all regulatory requirements regarding water quality and evaluated for overall system performance, operation, system reliability, upgrades and safety practices and procedures.

Glendale’s wastewater collection system also took top state honors previously in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Safety awards  

Glendale also held the spotlight by receiving seven distinct AZ Water Association honors for continued safety performance and safe operating practices employed in its water treatment plants, water reclamation plants, water distribution systems and wastewater collection systems.

This year’s seven honorees are the Arrowhead Ranch Reclamation Facility, West Area Wastewater Reclamation Facility, Oasis Water Treatment Campus, Pyramid Peak Water Treatment Plant, Cholla Water Treatment Plant and the city’s 60 sq.-miles of Wastewater Collection and clean Water Distribution systems. Glendale Water Services Department previously received six AZ Water Association Safety Awards of Honor in 2016.

Electrician of the Year

Glendale Water Services Sr. Instrumentation Technician Lee Potacki was recognized as AZ Water Association Electrician of the Year. Potacki has worked for the city’s Water Services Department for 10 years, including the last three years at Glendale’s West Area Water Reclamation Facility. He holds two water distribution certifications.

“Lee has a true passion for his work and his contributions to the city of Glendale are many,” said Wastewater Operations Supervisor Louie Gomez. “His dedication, experience and knowledge helps to ensure that all water reclamation instrumentation and equipment are operating properly.”

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