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LCU Board Outreach Newsletter Jan 2020 �qcc Las Cruces Utilities Public Outreach Newsletter = Prepared for the LCU Board Meeting on January 9, 2020 ciym has�xuses Newspaper Articles: LAS CRUCES SUN-NEWS / LAS CRUCES BULLETIN New Utilities Technology finds "Hidden" Leaks Published Friday, December 13, 2019, the Las Cruces Bulletin "The problem is... sometimes people don't know they have water leaks," explains Fred = Bourger, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Environmental & Technical Support project _-_ manager. "These are ongoing, hidden leaks that may have -- been wasting water for a very f - long time." Until now! LCU is already seeing a good flow of information from its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) upgrades. Substantial Savings with a Switch to Natural Gas Published Sunday, December 15, 2019, in the Las Cruces Sun-News =� One of the main utility services provided by Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) is supplying safe, dependable natural gas services to its residential customers. "We have many customers who come to us asking for a natural gas connection to their home, because, after initial costs, it is much less expensive than propane," explains Lucio M. Garcia, P.E., CEM, LCU deputy director Gas. "LCU is in the process of extending gas lines to the East Mesa and north of the city," j adds Garcia. "Over the past year we've extended lines and are now providing new 1 -_ gas service to more than 70o additional homes." PAGE 1 Community Snapshot:LCU Celebrates Holidays at City Tree Lighting Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019, in the Las Cruces Sun-News Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) x helped the community celebrate the holidays at the d" annual City of Las Cruces (CLC) Tree Lighting ceremony.Along with arts and one crafts,there was a selfie station for pictures with the southwestern-themed k tumbleweed snowman, and the Christmas tree made of `a recycled wood pallets. "Our employees volunteer their time to interact with the public and let them know a bit more about what we do and that we're also a part of the community we serve," said Utilities Director, Jorge A. Garcia, Ph.D., P.E. Find your own Career with LCU (Albert Barela profile) Published Friday, December 20, 2019, in the Las Cruces Bulletin Wastewater Line Maintenance Crew Leader,Albert Barela,just discovered more concrete under the pavement -MA'- on Griggs Street. Fixing a pipe is going to take a bit more work than anticipated, but that's all in a day's work for Barela. It's nothing he hasn't seen before in his 24 years with Las Cruces Utilities (LCU). He remembers starting his City career at age 20, not even old enough to grab a drink with the rest of the crew at the end of a long day. "It's like I grew up while I was on the job." Now, he'll be retiring in 8 months. "It's a good, solid job. It's been my career. The years have flown by, and for me it was worth it to come into work every day. Now I receive the benefits and the retirement,"he said. PAGE 2 A Career with Las Cruces Utilities — what does that look like? (Pascual Rodriguez profile) Published Sunday, December 22, 2019, in the Las Cruces Sun-News Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) produces 6.5 billion gallons of clean drinking quality water every ' year. It's one of those things you never 4i think about, but there's an ebb and flow to the daily use 1 of water in Las Cruces. � "During the week, you can tell the first -- group of customers gets ready to go around 4 a.m.; that's when the water levels dip due to early morning showering, cooking, washing dishes, and maybe clothes washing," explained Pascual Rodriguez, LCU Water Production supervisor. 2020 Project: Relocating Old Trash Published Sunday, December 29, 2019, in the Las Cruces Sun-News About 50 residents and almost 15 City staff members gathered in mid- December at the y• , East Mesa Public Safety Complex ` to discuss trash. Specifically, removing old trash from City- owned property alongside Lohman Ave. and across from Mountain View Regional Medical Center. The old trash is in a pre-1965 dumpsite. It is an unlined 114-acre site that was used from 1959 to 1966, when Las Cruces had a population hovering around 30,000. (Population.us) PAGE 3 Elementary Students invited to name LCU Underground Robot Truck Published Sunday, January 5, 2020, in the Las Cruces Sun-News -,Row- You might only picture an i. "underground city"beneath the ` streets of big cities like New York City or San Francisco, but most cities have plenty of passageways running under underground. Las Cruces alone has more than 500 miles of sewer lines running beneath city streets! That's equal to _ the distance from our city to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. What all happens down there? It's up to one little truck to find out, the Las Cruces Utilities' (LCU) robotic sewer truck. The little truck measures io-inches by 25-inches, and carries a camera measuring 6- _f inches by 18-inches long to carry out its important mission. The truck's camera "sees"what LCU employees up on the ground cannot y - see; cracks or damage to sewer lines that could lead to a collapse. It can also find the exact location of damage so workers at ground level know exactly where to dig to make repairs. PRINT ADS: service , provided to more than 100,000 residents and 5 businesses. SAFEGAS GLEANWATER BEPENBABLEWASTEWATER RELIA8LESOLID WASTE tlllliNesCustomerServiee:541-2111 htip:llwm.las•cmces.orgimldepartaftWutilities PAGE 4 PRINT ADS - CONTINUED: service provided to more than f, 100,000 residents and businesses. �CR(i� SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER RELIABLESOLID WASTE _ IlillitiesCus rrverServioe:541.2111 htVJ/www.l8s-cruces.mglenitlepartmentsludli4es s7han Provide more 100,000 residents and businesses. gcRc►�, SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLFWASTEWATER RELIABLESOLID Utilities Customer Service:541-2111 httpJ www.las-cruces.orglenldepartmerdslu5liUes a.,.w... service provided to more than 100,000 j residents and businesses. C cR(J ces SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER RELIABLESOLID WASTE - UdlitiesCu*merSeruice541.2111 htip:llwwwlas-cruces.orglenldeparlmentslulIRies PAGE 5 I �--- 11 111 e• ► r - J 4 .r Ai of Las Cruces GR[r� SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER HELI SOLID WASTE _ ImlihasCustomer Service:541.2111 hUpdmvwlas-cruces.orgleldeparhnentwunimes MESSAGING ON CITY BUSES USTp0 R1rQ'Y61 Calm", PAY IN PERSON AT THESE TWO LOCATIONS: CITY HALL.700 N.Main Street,8 a.m.-5 p.m. EAST MESA CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER:. 5195 Bataan Memorial West,9 a.m.-6 p.m. Do NOT flush MEDICATIONS,RAGS,or WIPES down the toilet IT'S A TOILET ��cRG0�� NOT A TRAgqAh F FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL I . r WA5TE Providing utility services to more J than 11} 000 residents and businesses, li }4 6,V of Las Cruces p `0. \ 5 Y Utilities Customer 00YORUCraCe3 Service: 541-2111 httpJ/www-Isy-GrUCb9-4rglenJdepartmen7sluti cities PAGE 6 PLAY t O ■ PART y ■ Be Water Smart! R . 0.rt watering violations, call (575 5 -4444. KRWG KRWG RADIO UNDERWRITING 90.7 FM � MESSAGES: CHRISTMAS TREE Green Grappler: The Las Cruces Utilities Green Grappler will be pick up and recycle your live Christmas Tree from the curb on your scheduled grappler day! Please remove all decorations, ornaments, icicles, tinsel, and lights before leaving the non-snow flocked tree at the curb. CHRISTMAS TREE Drop off: Want to drop-off your live Christmas Tree for recycling? Take your non-snow flocked tree — minus decorations, ornaments, icicles, tinsel, and lights —to the Old Foothills Landfill at 555 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.After hours, through the end of January only, use the large roll-off outside the gates for non-snow flocked Christmas trees only. CONSIDER A CAREER WITH LCU: Tired of jobs with no future? Consider a career at Las Cruces Utilities. Internships and careers available now! More information at www.las-cruces.com, type "JOBS" into the search bar. Suzanne Michaels Suzanne Michaels Communications Public Outreach for LCU PAGE 7