Faces of Water Q&A – June 2018

  • by Jimmy Vargas
  • Jun 15, 2018
  • Newsletters

Jimmy Vargas, Distribution Maintenance Manager, Padre Dam Municipal Water District

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

1.) Describe your job.

Padre Dam Municipal Water District serves more than 100,000 customers in the eastern portion of San Diego County.  Our service area experiences more than 2,000 feet of elevation change covering 72 miles, and we have 28 reservoirs, 16 pump stations and over 400 miles of mains.  I’m responsible for overseeing the operation, maintenance and repair of both the potable and reclaimed water distribution systems, as well as facility maintenance at all district sites.

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

I enjoy mentoring my staff to meet their personal and work-related goals. Watching a team member gain confidence and skills to grow in their position gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I am very new to our management team and enjoy the new challenges that management brings every day.

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

I started out working in construction for the private sector. After learning about the industry, I decided that water would be a great place to grow my career. I was originally hired at Padre Dam as a utility worker. With a lot of hard work and additional schooling, I have been able take on more responsibility and continue to challenge myself at Padre Dam.

4.) What is something unique about yourself?

I spend an unusual amount of time at the beach, surfing and spending time in the ocean. Being there really resets my outlook and renews my perspective on what is important in my life. I also enjoy tending to my garden at home. I think it’s funny how something as simple as a flowering plant can be so rewarding.

5.) What is your favorite food?

To me, there’s nothing better than a fish taco on a warm summer day.  Warm tortilla, fresh fish, crispy cabbage, spicy salsa and a creamy fresh cut avocado, it’s hard to go wrong!


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