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LCU Outreach Newsletter September 2020 cgcc Las Cruces Utilities Public Outreach Newsletter Prepared for the LCU Board Meeting on September 10, 2020 �`FCily of las Cruces Walsh Named as Interim Las Cruces Utilities Director Distributed by CLC PIO as News Brief, 9/1/2o. Las Cruces Utilities has named Delilah A. Walsh, as the Interim Utilities Director, starting August 31, 2020. This follows the retirement of Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, P.E., who retired on August 28, 2020. "Change is always difficult, but Dr. Garcia created an amazing organization filled with individuals committed to our mission. I am thrilled and privileged to lead this team as the Interim Director," said Walsh. Walsh joined the department as its first assistant utilities director in July 2019. Walsh was the Socorro County Manager, a position she held since 2009. She was responsible for all operational and financial matters including policy development and implementation, board management, budget management, strategic planning, and direction to all county administrative department heads. Read more... Learning Responsible Land and Water Stewardship with Las Cruces Utilities Published in the Las Cruces Sun News, o8/09/2o. Outside the Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Administration building is its Demonstration Garden, filled with native trees and plants. However, New Mexico State University(NMSU) professor Dr. Leslie Beck decided to walk across the parking lot — a different plant had caught her eye. It was the simple morning glory, famous for its pretty flowers, but a pest when it comes to local chile farmers. PAGE 1 Beck, an NMSU Extension weed specialist, was followed by a small, socially distanced Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) summer crew who was there to learn about responsible irrigation, but also weed management. Beck explained how to homeowners the flowers are attractive, but to chile plants, it's deadly when the vines wrap around and choke the plant. "You'd think we could just spray the morning glory, that's the first reaction," she said, "but most herbicides either don't work or they also injure the chile. That's why we have to understand effective integrated weed management as well." Read more... Las Cruces Utilities Gas Technician Gives Back with Children's Book Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, 8114120. Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) v associates are a dedicated part of � 5�n the local community. Now, one of its gas technicians, Tony Quintero, ---- , ' has demonstrated that spirit of community even more by having just published a Christmas children's book, with some of the proceeds going to purchase ' children's books for local hospitals. m "We really wanted to do something more for children in hospitals," said Quintero, who over a Christmas break two years ago had the story come to him after watching commercials asking for donations. Instead of just writing a one-time check, he thought that there must be a way to make a more sustaining gift. The book"My Two Snow Angels"releases in two weeks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Read more... PAGE 2 Disinfecting Wipes Are Not Flushable and Hurt Pipes Published in the Las Cruces Sun News, 8/1 6/2o. In an effort to disinfect as , , much as possible Wau n � during COVID a similar nemesis i in flushable wipes are hitting Las Cruces W ' drains. With an uptick of bleach- soaked or " disinfectant ' wipes, in use y. t since March, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) has noticed an uptick of clogs in pipes, that when pulled apart, show wipes and paper towels as main culprits. "Lately, if it's Monday, then I know I'm at a lift station pulling out clogs," said Carlos Almaraz, LCU Wastewater lift station operator. "The clogs made by wipes get stopped by the screens, but they don't come apart and just build up." In the wastewater industry, the word flushable is questionable. Read more... Hands-On Training at - F ---F-—� ------ , ,- Utilities Water Quality Ing Laboratorywith DACC °�" '' �fill,r Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, 08121120. Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) \ s monitors the water quality throughout the city in its own state-of-the-art laboratory off _ Motel Boulevard. It's not just a place for testing it's also a place for learning. LCU participates in a co-op (co-operative) teaching PAGE 3 environment with Dona Ana Community College to bring students into the lab. Rakhila Mamenova, a DACC student, spends 20 hours a week at the City of Las Cruces Utilities Water Quality Laboratory. She's getting hands-on training that supplements her in-class experiences, but also allows her to use her biology degree in real world scenarios. Read more... After the Storm: Las Cruces Utilities Keeps Services Safe Published in the Las Cruces Sun News, 08130120. Pete Duran, Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) Interim gas system operations supervisor, had his own home lights go out thanks to the microburst storm last week. He knew too, that there were key spots in Las Cruces that become a problem when heavy monsoon rains send water barreling through the desert. LCU has an established process to check those areas for washouts and is ready to repair immediately. Read more... American Public Gas Association Shares COVID Tips with Virtual Tour Published in the Las Cruces Bulletin, 8128120. - f .N Las Cruces Utilities (LCU) hosted a Virtual Stop of the American Public Gas Association (APGA) on August -� 13th. During the meeting, the organization was able to share new best practices in the gas industry that have t. been helpful to its members throughout the county during the pandemic. Read more... PRINT ADS PAGE 4 service , provided to more than 100,000 r� residents and businesses_ SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER RELIABLESOLID WASTE UtilitiesCustomer5ervice:541-2111 http:llwww.Ias•cruces.orglenldepartmentslutilities s ery Ice provided to more than 100,000 residents and businesses. SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER RELIABLESOLID WASTE _ Milites Customer Service:541-2111 htp:llwww.Ias•cruces.orglenldepartmentslutilifies DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER service provided to more than 100,000 residents and r businesses. GlORC�C� SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER RELIABLESDLID Mks Gustomer Service:541-2111 httpJlwww.Ias-crucesorgleNdepartmerd*Jutilihes PAGE 5 service ' provided to ? ` more than 100,000 ~ residents and 4 businesses. ces 6G�V4` SAFFGAS CLEANWATER DEPENRABLEWASTEWATER RFLIABLESOLID WASTE lRilitiesCustemerService541-2111 htip:!lwwWJas-cruces.orglenldeparhnenklutiiities 0�,,,�,.„, Providing utility services to more tha 100,000 residents and busir - ,� - r � � , `c,ry of Las Cruces �c�rrc SAFEGAS CLEANWATER DEPENDABLEWASTEWATER RELIABLESOLID WASTE I1hlitiesCusturner Service:5d1-2111 hltp:llWWW.las-cruces.urglenldeparhnmtslLmlites MESSAGING ON CITY BUSES PLAY YOUR PART. . . Be Water Smart! G— cv", 111111111111111SELLOOML3 Report watering violations, call (575) 528-4444. Protecting Las Cruces' Undergroond utilities f ' 1 I r • i i PAGE 6 r4 SAFE US-CLEAN WATER DVENDABLE WASTEWATER R AWK�SOLID WASTE Find Your Careers with ., '• , . ti Las Cruces Utilities r f C ty of Las Cruces For more information call -gtlr�llas P.Irtet- L.dS Cr1465 UtiliSioS p152$-350p or visit http:flwvrw.las-cn.ces-orgf2p0i1Work-For-Us I u S TH ffi PAY IN PERSON AT THESE TWO LOCATIONS: CITY HALL:700 N.Main Street,8 a.m.-5 P.M. EAST MESA CUSTOMER CENTRAL CENTER: 5195 Bataan Memorial West,9 a.m.-6 p.mi. KRVVG KRWG RADIO UNDERWRITING 90.7 FM 11�1111 MESSAGES Las Cruces Utilities reminds the public that digging requires knowing where underground utility lines are. It's the law and keeps the community safe. For more information, 811 will have answers and send out utilities staff to locate lines. Las Cruces Utilities Water Conservation Program reminds everyone: See water running down the street? Help prevent water waste by reporting it at 528-4444. Help sustain our precious water resources. Las Cruces Utilities reminds you: Watering restrictions are in effect - Even addresses can water Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; odd addresses Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. No outdoor watering between io a.m. and 6 p.m., or on Mondays. PAGE 7