Faces of Water Q&A – June 2017

  • by Andy Ruiz
  • Jun 16, 2017
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Andy Ruiz, Senior Zanjero, Coachella Valley Water District

Telling the stories of the people who work to deliver California’s water…

1.) Describe your job.

I operate and maintain water orders throughout the 123-mile Coachella Branch of the All-American Canal. I help make sure water is distributed fairly to farmers through our 500 miles of underground pipeline. About 50% of my time is overseeing field operations and making sure we meet customer needs. The other 50% is administrative work in the office.

2.) What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy the science and engineering it took to create the gravity-fed system. I have a lot of autonomy, and I take pride in being part of a water system that supports the $800 million agriculture industry in the Coachella Valley.

3.) How did you get into the water industry?

Just before I was discharged from the Army in 2003, my sister suggested I apply for a job at Coachella Valley Water District, and I did. I had been thinking of becoming a sheriff’s deputy. I’m glad I didn’t.

4.) What is something unique about yourself?

When I was in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, I learned to love country music.

5.) What is your favorite hobby?

I’m a big boxing fan and collect boxing memorabilia.


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