Faces of Water: Peter Henrie by Peter Henrie Nov 20, 2020 Newsletters Henrie leads a group of students from Peru on a tour of the Leslie O. Carter Water Treatment Plant before the COVID-19 pandemic. 1. Describe your job. I operate the 35 million-gallons-a-day Leslie O. Carter Water Treatment Plant and manage the distribution system’s wells, boosters and reservoirs. I do whatever is required to make sure the plant is running and water is being treated before it goes out to 117,000 people in our service area. 2. What do you like best about your job? I enjoy being part of a team that provides clean, reliable water to the community. I also like having a job that keeps me busy. 3. How did you get into the water industry? After serving in the U.S. Navy for 10 years, I worked in the construction business during the mid-2000s. I saw the crash coming, so I took a water class at the local community college that piqued my interest in the water industry. I continued to take classes, worked in wastewater, then applied at PWD when there was an opening. 4. What is something unique about yourself? I have been growing peppers and tomatoes for a couple of decades. I like to make my own salsa because the jar varieties are not good. 5. What is your favorite sports team? My favorite sports team is the Kansas City Chiefs.