Our Operations crew manages and maintains approximately 100 square miles, 13 wells and 5,000 water connections! Our critical customers include 5 schools and 12 dairies.

All public water supply systems and public wastewater facilities in New Mexico are required to employ certified operators. Each level of certification (Small Systems, Advanced Small Systems, and Levels I thru IV) has a required minimum level of experience and hours of training for certification and a renewal period of three years requiring an additional 30 credit hours of continuing education.

New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau Utility Operator Certification Program is responsible for development, scheduling and administration of certification examinations, processing applications for certification and renewal, tracking all certified operators continuing education courses, evaluating training courses for relevance to program, tracking compliance with operator certification requirements and working with the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission and Utility Operators Certification Advisory Board.

The Lower Rio Grande Public Water Works Authority employs 12 certified operators with:

  • 2 Water Level IV
  • 2 Water Lever III
  • 5 Water Level II and 3 Water Level I certifications; plus 3 Level IV Wastewater
  • 1 Level III Wastewater
  • 3 Level II Wastewater and 1 Level I Wastewater certifications.

Mesquite Drain Repair Project Photos

Mesquite Drain Project
Mesquite Drain Project
Mesquite Drain Project
Mesquite Drain Project

Here is a video about backflow and cross-connection prevention. You will find a link on our Documents page to download our Backflow and Cross-connection Policy.

Meet Our Operations Team

Ramon, Mike and JJ

Ramon, Mike and JJ

Operations Manager and Crew Leaders
Art Talamantes

Art Talamantes

Meter Reader

Eddie Salas

Eddie Salas

Operator Trainee
Evangelina Dominguez

Evangelina Dominguez

Operator Trainee
Henry J. Torres

Henry J. Torres

Well Pump Treatment Tech
Jared G. Madrid

Jared G. Madrid

Production Crew
Jesus G. Reyes

Jesus G. Reyes

Water & Wastewater Operator
JJ Gutierrez

JJ Gutierrez

Treatment & Production Leader
Jose J. Lopez

Jose J. Lopez

Well Pump Treatment Tech

Justin Butler

Justin Butler

Water Operator II + Wastewater II
Lance J. Ivy

Lance J. Ivy

Water & Wastewater Operator
Marcos Madrid

Marcos Madrid

Operator Trainee
Mario Jacquez

Mario Jacquez

Water Operator
Miguel Ortega

Miguel Ortega

Water Operator
Mike Lopez

Mike Lopez

Operations Manager
Ramon Morales

Ramon Morales

Distribution Collections Crew Leader
Delmy Garcia

Delmy Garcia

UB Meter Management Specialist