Faces of Water April 2019

  • by Darrell Creeks
  • Apr 26, 2019
  • Newsletters

Darrell Creeks, Operations Manager, Georgetown Divide Public Utility District

1. Describe your job.

I oversee operations of raw and treated water, and also assist our General Manager with the budget. We have a pretty small staff, and only 3,500 customers, but we have a comparatively huge service area. Our territory covers everything between the Middle and South Forks of the American River northeast of Sacramento. My team and I are responsible for maintaining 70 miles of canal and 200 miles of pipeline within 415 square miles.

2. What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy working with customers and the staff. We’re really more like a family to each other at the district, with everyone pitching in to help make sure we deliver the highest quality water and service to our customers, in the town where I grew up and call home. It’s also an exciting time right now because we have a new water treatment plant going online in two months.

3. How did you get into the water industry?

A friend told me about a job opening, so I applied and got it. I started out as a laborer on the irrigation canals in 1994. Since then, I’ve advanced to water/wastewater technician, water treatment plant operator, lead treatment operator and then to my current position. 

4. What is something unique about yourself?

I was born and raised in this town and feel lucky to work here. I married my high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and we now have two grown children, with our second grandchild expected in a week or two.  I also have a two-mile commute to work, which I understand is pretty unique for California.

5. What is your favorite song?

You Are God Alone by Casting Crowns

 

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