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the Town of Avondale received two awards from the AZ Water Association: Water System Project of the Year and Operations Supervisor of the Year. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the annual AZ Water conference in Phoenix on April 13.
The Town of Avondale, through Carollo Engineers, Inc., has been selected for the 2022 AZ Water Association Water System Project of the Year for the North Avondale Water Supply Project . The city is entitled to 5,416 acre-feet (AF) per year of Colorado River water provided through the Central Arizona Project (CAP). On August 6, 2018, the City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Phoenix to allow Phoenix to divert, treat, and transport a portion of Avondale’s CAP water to a service interconnection with the Avondale distribution system. Phoenix existing water near the intersection of 107th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix. As part of the agreement, the City of Avondale was responsible for constructing the Interconnect facility. The facility and associated infrastructure components have been named the North Avondale Water Supply Project (NAWS). The NAWS project officially began construction on April 23, 2020 and was substantially complete on January 15, 2021. The $9 million project ran successfully, bringing Avondale’s Central Arizona project allocation directly into the distribution system city water.
“The North Avondale Water Supply is an innovative project that further enhances Avondale’s water resiliency. The cooperation between the cities of Avondale and Phoenix, along with the collaboration of the entire project team, made this project a success,” said Avondale Director of Public Works Kirk Beatty.
Director of Avondale Water Systems
Meanwhile, Avondale Public Works Operator Miguel Ayala received the 2022 Large Treatment Plant Operations Supervisor of the Year award from the AZ Water Association. A city employee for over 15 years, Miguel Ayala holds Grade 4 ADEQ certification in all 4 water and wastewater disciplines and was the first public works team operator to accomplish what is known in the water industry a 4X4. Miguel, who grew up in Avondale, graduated from Agua Fria High School and earned his associate degree at Estrella Mountain Community College.
“The Town of Avondale is very proud of Miguel. He is an excellent supervisor who is highly respected by his team and colleagues, and demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism and technical knowledge. We are lucky to have Miguel on the Avondale team,” said Jeremy Abbot, Deputy Director of Avondale Public Works.
The AZ Water Association announced the winners after evaluating criteria such as operations, experience, meeting regulatory standards, and more.
About the AZ Water Association
The AZ Water Association is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1928 whose mission is to preserve and improve Arizona’s water environment. More than 2,200 water and wastewater professionals from across the state are members of the association.