Phoenix Water Staff Takes Home Multiple Awards at AZ Water Association Conferencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2817Water Services7/25/2023 7:25:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2817/Tech_Award_Photo_NR_Sized.jpgPhoenix Water Staff Takes Home Multiple Awards at AZ Water Association Conference<div class="ExternalClassA15C4B962DE3465EB681D5AB368763D0"><html> <div>Several Phoenix Water Dept. staff members and projects received special recognition at the AZ Water Association's annual conference held in May. AZ Water Association is a local non-profit with the mission to “advocate for Arizona’s water through bold leadership, connecting professionals, providing education, and inspiring environmental stewardship.”<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: CONSERVATION TEAM   </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The team, led by Dr. Max Wilson, consists of seven staff members. The highlights of the team’s work included the launch of several programs, including a Commercial Public/Private Cooling Tower Revolving Loan program, HOA and Business Efficiency Checkups, Water Waste Door Hangers, and Water Wrangler’s volunteers’ program that has inducted 18 volunteers into the program since Fall 2022. Other conservation efforts for the public include the future launch of high-efficiency toilet and smart controller rebates, off-the-shelf xeriscape plans, landscaper outreach, non-functional turf removal, and home water audits.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>In collaboration with the City of Phoenix Planning and Development Dept., the Water Conservation Team led the development of conservation related stipulations for two large developments in North Phoenix, including a commitment to certify 100% of homes to EPA WaterSense Homes standards. These stipulations have become the core of the City’s Sustainable Desert City Development Policy, which was unanimously adopted by the Phoenix City Council on June 13, 2023. This policy will develop standard water conservation related stipulations for all rezoning cases and direct staff to codify these water saving practices into City Code and Ordinances. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Contact information: <a href="mailto:conservation@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>conservation@phoenix.gov</strong></a><strong> </strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECT: 23RD AVE WWTP GRIT REPLACEMENT PROJECT </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The 23rd Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant detritor grit system, located at the north area of the plant, was replaced by a new grit stacked tray vortex system during the period of 2021-2022.  </div> <div>Project Highlights Include:</div> <div>• The new grit stacked tray vortex system only utilizes gravity to force grit the out of the process stream.</div> <div>• The performance fro m the new system surpasses older technologies by achieving 95% removal of all grit large than 75 microns.<br></div> <div>• The gravity-based process excels with lower power consumption.</div> <div>• The high level of grit collection achieved by the stacked trays has a snowballing effect for processes downstream. Grit abrasiveness and grit accumulation are problematic. Maintenance due to grit related issues are expected to decrease.</div> <div>• To provide City Programmers with full process flexibility, all process logic resides centrally in the plant’s SCADA system. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>WASTEWATER SYSTEM PROJECT: NW MASTERPLAN</strong>  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The City of Phoenix Water Services Dept. began working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in late 2019. In 2020, the director of Water Services Dept. went to Taiwan and met with TSMC representatives. City of Phoenix staff have been in regular meetings with TSMC representatives, consultants and suppliers since September 2020.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Water Services Department has provided critical support to TSMC Development in the following areas:</div> <div>• Plan, design, construct and operate $70 million in new wastewater infrastructure on an extremely short timeline in the Biscuit Flat area to support TSMC development, including a 40 Million Gallon per Day (MGD) Lift Station and over 12,000 ft (2.5 miles) of large diameter sewer mains.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Some highlighted achievements include: </div> <div>• Constructed two 108” tunnels underneath Interstate 17 (I-17) for water and sewer lines. The tunnels were constructed using a tunneling machine.</div> <div>• Wastewater sewer line infrastructure was completed on time and within budget</div> <div>• Wastewater lift station operational and undergoing modifications to allow for discharge to the south in addition to the lines to the east</div> <div>• Incorporating wastewater treatment engineering considerations as well as federal and local regulations into Industrial Pretreatment Permit limits<br></div> <div>• Reviewing and approving a new type and model of interim compliance sampling device</div> <div>• Ensure appropriate legal authority is in place for the protection of the City’s Wastewater Collection and Treatment System given the unprecedented impact that TSMC could have with the large volume of discharge and pollutants of concern </div> <div>• This is the largest discharger of wastewater that the City of Phoenix’s Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) has permitted to date </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>GIMMICKS AND GADGETS - RENEWABLE ENERGY: MIKE VEGA </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Mike Vega, a senior water quality inspector, developed a solar charging station for auto-sampler batteries. The idea was for safety, not free power. The building is over 30 years old and does not have a room with proper ventilation for charging batteries safely. The solar charging unit provides safe and cost-free energy. The unit charges the batteries faster than the electrical charging stations and charge three batteries at the same time. The fabrication took eight hours, and the solar panels and metal framing were repurposed items and the only cost was the two solar charge controllers at $40 each.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>ELECTRICIAN OF THE YEAR: ERIC DAVIS </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Eric Davis received this year’s Electrician of the Year Award at the AZ Water Association Annual Conference. Eric has been with the City of Phoenix Water Services Dept. for seven years. During this time, he became the lead electrician at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, leading a crew of six electricians and an apprentice. Every day, Eric’s work ethic is evident and sets the pace for how the electricians respond to urgent calls, work orders, projects, and assignments. These are all handled promptly from start to completion with the highest regard for excellent customer service, safety, and minimal impact on plant processes. Eric constantly seeks growth opportunities for his teammates and contributes to tackling the ever-changing needs of working at one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the Southwest region. His efforts have created a team mentality among his peers, who all work to support, assist, and care for each other. Eric supports the other electricians in their job assignments and is always available to answer any questions, give suggestions, and recognize where it is warranted and deserved. Congratulations, Eric!</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>LAB-CHEMIST TECHNICIAN: RUTH HALDEMAN </strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Ruth Haldeman, received this year’s Laboratory Analyst of the Year Award at the AZ Water Association Annual Conference. Ruth, chemist II at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, takes on many research projects and helps the operational staff optimize processes and solve treatment problems. Her ability to innovate and create solutions for technical issues is impressive, and she trains her staff to assess and tackle these assignments. Ruth has developed personal and professional relationships with operations staff and management at 91st Ave. This helps the lab and plant work together and build trust. Congratulations, Ruth!<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Media Contact: </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Angela Serda  </div> <div>Public Information Specialist   </div> <div>Cell: (623) 499-8919 (call or text)  </div> <div>Email: <a href="mailto:angela.serda@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"><strong>angela.serda@phoenix.gov</strong></a><strong> </strong>  <br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesSolar Charging Station for Auto-Sampler Batteries Water DeptMichael Gertzman602-534-1209michael.gertzman@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/96/Michael_Gertzman_2022_200_300.jpgPHXWaterSolar Charging Station for Auto-Sampler Batteries



Phoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/3142Community and Economic Development6/22/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3142/Newsroom_CED_036.jpgPhoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employers<div class="ExternalClass2C1792C7C3394576B2F2731018821C25"><html> <p> <strong>​Phoenix, AZ</strong>—The City of Phoenix Mobile Career Unit (MCU), recently hosted a successful event at UMOM, drawing over 150 job seekers and resulting in 65 on-the-spot job offers. Held on Wednesday, June 12, the MCU event saw a high turnout as community members explored job opportunities and connected with employers.  </p> <p>The event featured top employers such as Chipotle, Starbucks, Food City, and Bashas, actively seeking to fill vacant positions within their companies. Attendees had the chance to network and apply for various job openings in the food industry.</p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego also expressed her excitement about the turnout and its positive impact on the local community. "I am thrilled to see so many job seekers taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with potential employers. This event is a great example of how our city is working on many fronts to support upward economic mobility and connect residents with meaningful employment opportunities," said Mayor Gallego. </p> <p>At the start of the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department's Business and Workforce Division's program, the goal was to achieve 208 job offers by June 2025. As of Wednesday, the team has surpassed the program goal with 211 job offers, with another year remaining to serve the community.</p> <p>The MCU, a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge, is a part of the City of Phoenix's workforce development efforts to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers. The unit travels around the city, bringing job opportunities directly to communities that may face barriers to accessing employment resources.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to helping individuals find meaningful employment and supporting our local businesses by connecting them with qualified candidates," said LaSetta Hogans, Deputy Director of the Business and Workforce Development Division for the City of Phoenix. "This event was a great success, and we look forward to hosting more events like this in the future." </p> <p>The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department encourages employers with workforce needs and individuals seeking employment or career advancement to take advantage of their services and attend upcoming events. For more information on upcoming events and resources available, please visit phoenix.gov/mayor/mcu.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">###</p> <p> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> <br>Athena Sanchez <br>City of Phoenix <br>Community and Economic Development <br>Call/text: 602-621-0507<br>Email: <a href="mailto:athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNews
Phoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3141Parks and Recreation6/21/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3141/El-Oso-Sunscreen-Dispenser.jpgPhoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancer<div class="ExternalClass308CA226358745318F801EEEA515EEE4"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a partnership with IMPACT Melanoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing skin cancer. This collaboration aims to enhance sun safety practices at various splash pad locations across the City by providing free sunscreen to park visitors.<br></p> <p>The decision to initiate this partnership comes as a response to the pressing need for increased awareness and prevention of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which poses a significant health risk in Arizona's sunny climate. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 100,640 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2024 alone.</p> <p>"Our desert environment exposes us to intense UV radiation, making sun protection a critical aspect of public health," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Cynthia Aguilar. "By joining forces with IMPACT Melanoma, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our community members and promote sun-safe behaviors."</p> <p>“IMPACT Melanoma is thrilled to partner with Phoenix Parks and Recreation to share melanoma prevention education and provide free sunscreen at neighborhood splash pads," said IMPACT Melanoma Executive Director Deb Girard.</p> <p>Under this partnership, IMPACT Melanoma will supply six portable sunscreen dispensers to be strategically placed at select splash pad locations throughout the City. These dispensers will be regularly maintained and refilled with sunscreen throughout the 2024 splash pad season, which runs from May 25 to October 1.</p> <p>The six splash pad sites participating in this initiative include:</p> <ul> <li>Altadena Park - 3711 E. Altadena Ave.</li> <li>Margaret T. Hance Park – 67 W. Culver St.</li> <li>El Oso Park - 3451 N. 75th Ave.</li> <li>Mariposa Park - 3150 W. Morten Ave.</li> <li>Nuestro Park - 1433 S. 9th St.</li> <li>Trailside Point Park - 7215 W. Vineyard Rd.</li> </ul> <p>The partnership agreement was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Board, reflecting the collective dedication to safeguarding public health and promoting sun safety practices. As summer approaches, this collaborative effort stands as a testament to the City's commitment to the well-being of its residents.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Phoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Toolhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3140Fire6/20/2024 8:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3140/BK3A9673-Enhanced-NR.jpghttps://youtu.be/V_6ygBrd5GwPhoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Tool<div class="ExternalClassC7629A4172BB4CAEAC249852214AD7CD"><html> <p>​​​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">This summer, the Phoenix Fire Department has introduced a new and innovative approach to treating heat victims: Cold Water Immersion. These specialized ice bags are being used to rapidly cool down individuals suffering from extreme heat-related illnesses, offering a quick and effective method to manage the often-dangerous effects of extreme heat.</span></p> <p>The cold-water immersion is used when a patient's temperature surpasses 104 degrees and they present with altered mental status. Once the patient is fully immersed in the ice, firefighter-paramedics constantly reevaluate vital signs including their temperature. The patient is removed from the bag when their temperature drops to 101 degrees. </p> <p>Since May 1st, every response vehicle within the Phoenix Fire Department has been outfitted with the equipment and necessary tools to integrate this method into standard protocol for dealing with heat-related emergencies. Training for the proper application and monitoring of this method has been provided to ensure effectiveness and safety to all 1,800 Phoenix Firefighters.</p> <p>At the beginning of May, one bag a week was used on average. Now nearing the end of June, the bags are used roughly three times a day. </p> <p>“This is a collaborative effort," Captain Rob McDade added. “We've worked with local E.R.'s, local doctors, our own medical director, our EMS department – we looked at how can we help those that we serve having critical heat emergencies?"</p> <p>As the excessive heat becomes more frequent and intense, this simple yet effective measure plays a crucial role in saving lives and enhancing emergency response capabilities. </p> <p>And the impact has already been seen. </p> <p>Battalion Chief Austin Moreland works within the Emergency Medical Services section and helped deploy this new program and training. He said, “We've already seen people who were extremely hot this year, who last year they might not have made it – and because of these efforts this year, they're leaving the hospital with no deficits."​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo



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