EVMWD receives special recognition from respected statewide organizations

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District’s Community Affairs team displays a CAPIO award for outstanding performance with the EVMWD board, including Director Phil Williams, Director Darcy Burke, Kaitlyn Wu, Haley Munson, Bonnie Woodrome, President Andy Morris and Director Harvey Ryan. Valley News/Courtesy photo

LAKE ELSINORE – Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District was recently recognized by the California Association of Public Information Officials and the Association of California Water Agency’s Joint Powers Insurance Authority for outstanding performance in several areas.

“We are honored to be recognized by these respected organizations,” Andy Morris, president of the EVMWD board of directors, said. “Our staff exhibit a constant commitment to excellence in their work here, and these awards serve as meaningful evidence of that dedication.”

CAPIO’s EPIC awards program recognizes the most creative and effective efforts in communication and identifies work that made a lasting impact on its audience. These awards represent the highest standards of performance in the public relations profession in California. This year, EVMWD received an Award of Distinction for its Conservation 1, 2, 3 campaign, which effectively communicated water-wise tips to help customers save water and money.

LaBounty Award recipients Brian Vigil and Michael “Mick” Smith celebrate winning awards for improved operation practices and workplace safety with the EVMWD board, including Director Phil Williams, Director Darcy Burke, President Andy Morris and Director Harvey Ryan. Valley News/Courtesy photo

JPIA’s H.R. LaBounty award program promotes safe workplace behavior and operations by rewarding employees who participate in proactive risk reduction. Michael “Mick” Smith, mechanical technician for EVMWD, was recognized by ACWA JPIA for his creative approach to safety and injury prevention. While completing electrical repair work on an ultraviolet system, Smith said that the removal of a UV modular for repairs resulted in a significant trip hazard. To resolve this issue, he suggested placing a ballast board housing unit in the empty slot and painting it yellow for easy identification. This solution eliminated the safety hazard and saved mechanics repair time through quick identification of the repair location. As a result, Smith received recognition and $250 from ACWA JPIA.

Brian Vigil, preventative maintenance superintendent for EVMWD, was also recognized by ACWA JPIA for his contributions in improving existing operational practices. To address significant risks related to debris flow which impacted EVMWD facilities during the Holy Flood events last year, Vigil created a standard operations procedure focused on asset protection and created a notification system with local stakeholders. This work ultimately protected critical assets and customer access to water, as well as minimizing the risk of employee injuries. Vigil also received recognition and a $250 reward from JPIA.

EVMWD’s board of directors celebrated these accomplishments with staff at the Thursday, Aug. 13, board meeting.

For more information, visit the EVMWD website at http://www.evmwd.com.

Submitted by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.