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Phoenix Water Seeking to Hire Over 40 Critical Positions https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/1417Water Services7/27/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1417/IMG_9106.JPGPhoenix Water Seeking to Hire Over 40 Critical Positions <div class="ExternalClassB33C89B5A7964BE082643EAE9A51A0CB"><html> <p>​Phoenix Water is hiring over 40 Utility Technician and Utility Technician Trainee positions. If you've ever thought about a career with the City of Phoenix but don't know how to get started, now's your opportunity. The Utility Technician and Utility Technician Trainee positions offer on-the-job training. <br></p> <p>Technicians and Trainees receive guidance and direction from a Senior Utility Technician, and assigned duties will increase in scope and difficulty as the 12-month structured program progresses.</p> <p>Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Phoenix Water hosted a series of Water Distribution and Collection hiring events inviting 150-200 people to attend. Only the most qualified applicants, as determined by the qualifications section of the job description, were invited to the hiring events. At the event, prospects would be tested in various areas. If the applicants passed, they would interview with staff, in hopes of receiving an on the spot conditional offer for the Utility Technician or Utility Technician Trainee position. The last event was planned for March 19, 2020, but was canceled. </p> <p>Due to COVID-19, staff has transitioned to a virtual interview process for potential employees. Phoenix Water developed tools and resources that are accessible online. After prospects apply for the position online, qualified participants will be placed on an eligible list. Applicants will be contacted via email and asked to review a ten-minute-long video depicting the hard work that the Technician and Trainee position requires. Then applicants will be asked to respond by a specific date, stating their interest in the position. </p> <p>The next steps are a written questionnaire that includes a tool identification quiz and true or false, multiple-choice, and open-ended questions. This questionnaire will help identify those applicants ready for the next steps. The applicants will be required to pass the Written Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification (OPAC) assessment. After applicants pass the OPAC assessment, they will receive a conditional job offer contingent upon successful completion of the background process that all City of Phoenix employees are required to pass. </p> <p>The virtual process is a new way of going through the hiring procedure is still efficient and effective despite not being able to host large scale, in-person events. If you are a hard worker with a positive attitude and willing to earn certifications, you are encouraged to apply at <a target="_blank" href="/waterservices/employment">phoenix.gov/water/employment</a></p> <p>Phoenix Water is also hiring other critical positions, listed below.</p> <p></p> <p> <strong></strong></p><strong>Positions close 7/27/2020:</strong><br>Chemist I (Critical Position) <br>Support Services Aide <br><br><strong>Positions close 8/3/2020:</strong><br>Utility Technician Trainee (40 + positions available)<br><br><strong>Positions close 8/10/2020: </strong> <br>Industrial Maintenance Mechanic<br>Water Systems Operator  <br>Water Services Process Control Manager <br>Supplies Supervisor Planner II<br><br><strong>Positions close 8/10/2020: </strong> <br>Safety Analyst I <br>Customer Service Representative <br><br> <p> </p> <p>For a full list of opportunities within the City of Phoenix, please visit <a target="_blank" href="/hr/current-jobs/">phoenix.gov/employment​</a> <br></p> <p><em>Story updated 7/27/2020: Utlility Technician Trainee position closes now on 8/3/2020. </em><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-services
Loo Poo: Phoenix Water’s Newest Mascothttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/1393Water Services7/10/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1393/loo poo story - phx newsroom (749x421).pngLoo Poo: Phoenix Water’s Newest Mascot<div class="ExternalClass8F70DE2D41CE441FAFBBB4E15B6DE780"><html> <p>Wayne Drop, Phoenix Water’s popular water conservation mascot, educates kids and adults all across greater Phoenix. After many visits to schools, events and libraries, it was time for Wayne to have a sidekick to talk about the stinky side of things.<br></p> <p>Loo Poo is the go-to guy when it comes to wastewater and sustainability, including what we do with your poo, what shouldn’t go in your toilet, and the beautiful Tres Rios Wetlands. Loo Poo has been busy training with Wayne Drop the last few months, but he finally made his big debut in April. <br></p> <p>Loo Poo represents wastewater that comes from toilets, drains, sinks, and showers in your home. Starting at your home, wastewater travels through 5,000 miles of pipes and pumps underground until it arrives at a wastewater treatment plant. Phoenix Water treats 63 billion gallons of wastewater annually.<br></p> <p>Once treated, the wastewater becomes reclaimed water. Most of the reclaimed water that comes out of the wastewater treatment process is recycled. It can be reused for non-potable applications such as energy production, non-edible crops, turf irrigation, groundwater recharge, and wetland restoration.<br></p> <p>Reclaimed water is pumped from the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant over to the Tres Rios Wetlands, rehabilitating nearly 700 acres in and around the Salt River. The plants and animals take what they need before it is discharged back into the river. This restoration project creates a mutual relationship between the renewed wetlands and the nearby wastewater treatment plant.<br></p> <p>The lush and scenic Tres Rios Wetlands is now home to more than 150 different species of birds and animals such as muskrats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, and beavers. The beautiful cottonwood groves, willows, mesquites, and other desert shrubs around the reed-lined ponds and along the trails attract many migratory and wintering songbirds. This project is repairing a natural habitat by bringing the Salt River back to the condition it was in during the early 1800s.<br></p> <p>You can learn more about the wastewater treatment process, or download Loo Poo’s activity book, by visiting <a href="/waterservices/watercloud" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/watercloud​</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-services
Phoenix Water Grows Trees to Revitalize Tres Rios Wetlandshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/1341Water Services6/16/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1341/tree planting (749x421).pngPhoenix Water Grows Trees to Revitalize Tres Rios Wetlands<div class="ExternalClass7B1B61C1E91F41AA80DD463DD557EF27"><html> <p>The lush and scenic Tres Rios Wetlands are full of cottonwood groves, willows, mesquites, palo verde and other desert trees around the reed-lined ponds. Among these native trees lives the highly invasive salt cedar. These problematic trees diminish the health of surrounding trees by taking away water and nutrients. “A fully-grown salt cedar can drink up to 200 gallons of water a day,” said Lisa Bird, Operations & Maintenance Supervisor at the Tres Rios Wetlands.<br></p> <p>As Phoenix Water staff remove the overpowering salt cedar, they replace it with native plants to prevent the salt cedar from growing back. The team at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant grow trees from native seed pods rather than purchasing more trees.<br></p> <p>The project started over two years ago by building a structure with supplies already on hand and a goal to grow more desert trees.<br></p> <p>Throughout the year, staff harvest seed pods from native desert trees at the wetlands. They strategically plant seeds in stages year-round to always have trees readily available. These seeds are planted in tall pots or PVC pipe and grow in a shaded structure until they are ready for planting. The tall pot allows young plants to develop a tap root as long as 30 inches. A healthy taproot allows the plant to reach water deep in the soil.<br></p> <p>Last year 250 trees were grown and almost all of them have successfully matured in the ground. The shade structure now has the capacity to produce 1,000 trees.<br></p> <p>“This project restores a vital wetland and riparian habitat that is home to more than 150 different species of birds and animals like muskrats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bobcats and beavers,” states Stuart Dalbey, Deputy Water Services Director at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. “This is part of a larger effort to bring the Salt River back to the condition it was in during the early 1800s.”<br></p> <p>Phoenix Water donates some of the trees to the Parks and Recreation Department. Since March of 2019, 272 trees have been donated to the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration area, 15 to North Mountain Park, North Mountain Visitor Center and Deem Hills Preserve areas and 8 to the Sonoran Preserve.​</p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br></span></p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><em>Story by Gina Conrow</em></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-services