By the CH2M HILL Access Water Team
For more than 25 years – nearly as long as the American Water Works Association has promoted Drinking Water Week – CH2M HILL has provided operations and maintenance (O&M) services to a variety of public- and private-sector clients. These services include treatment, collection, distribution, meter reading, laboratory services and customer service, billing and collection. More importantly for our clients, our employees are also active participants in the localities they serve and take great pride in promoting and contributing to community projects.
For example, in Americus, Ga., Mayor Barry Blount and Public Works Director Bernard Kendrick visited the city’s newest water well with CH2M HILL staff to proclaim Drinking Water Week 2012. This visit followed a major community project the team participated in April, donating approximately 70 hours to Americus’ “Keep America Beautiful” campaign by pruning, planting and painting at neighborhood parks. CH2M HILL has provided O&M services to Americus for 18 years.
In Walla Walla, Wash., staff members regularly team up with youths in the community on a wide range of projects such as the World Water Monitoring Challenge, in which groups test local lakes, streams and other water bodies and share their findings. CH2M HILL has provided O&M services for the city’s wastewater system for 12 years.
In Coos Bay, Ore., our folks worked with Oregon Coast Community Action Adventure to help teenagers paint creative murals around storm drains. The vivid murals remind citizens that anything dumped in the drains goes straight to Coos Bay. A 15-year partner with the city, CH2M HILL donated the paint. OCCAA also made a video of the teens in action. Check it out to fully appreciate their talent.
Each year, the City of Rio Rancho, N.M., hosts a Children’s Water Festival. This event teaches fourth-grade students about the importance of water conservation through hands-on activities across two days. CH2M HILL sponsors the annual festival and provides staff to assist with planning and organizing as well as subject experts to teach. CH2M HILL has operated and maintained Rio Rancho’s water and wastewater systems since 2002.
CH2M HILL personnel in Live Oak, Fla., also are involved in their community. They assist in park clean-ups and host an annual visit to a local school to as part of their National Public Works Week celebration. CH2M HILL has provided O&M services to the water and wastewater systems for 15 years and public works for seven.
Across all of CH2M HILL’s O&M projects in North America, employees work diligently to provide safe drinking water and treat wastewater while also serving as active community members during Drinking Water Week and throughout the year.