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Right-of-way team resolves encroachments

One of the major operational challenges for utilities is to ensure that easements can be readily accessed for routine maintenance and emergency response. Each week, Water Authority staff patrols nearly 160 miles of aqueduct rights-of-way looking for ways to remove existing encroachments and prevent new ones.

During 2015, the right-of-way team resolved 49 encroachment violations, including a deck on the Water Authority’s list of top right-of-way encroachments that was being rebuilt in the Los Peñasquitos area. Early detection and action were instrumental in removing the deck at no cost to the Water Authority – a textbook example of how to continue ensuring a safe and reliable water supply and protect essential infrastructure.


Internship program cultivates next generation

Twelve students from Palomar College and Cuyamaca College were selected for the 2014/15 Regional Water and Wastewater Intern Program run by the Water Authority in partnership with local water agencies, community colleges and private-sector partners. During the program’s tenth year, 10 host agencies volunteered to mentor interns during the 10-month, one-of-a-kind work experience.

Students in the San Diego region use the program to gain invaluable on-the-job experience that often leads to rewarding careers. Nearly half of the participants in the program over the past decade have secured jobs in the water/wastewater industry before their internships ended. The program also provides the water and wastewater industries with trained employees to fill entry-level positions as demand for qualified staff continues to grow.