Faces of Water Q&A – July 2017

  • by Pamela Martineau
  • Jul 21, 2017
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Tou Her, Assistant General Manager of Water Resources, Turlock Irrigation District

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

1.) Describe your job.

I get to serve the customers of Turlock Irrigation District as the assistant general manager of water resources. I am responsible for multiple aspects of the district’s business that include water resources and operations, construction and maintenance of irrigation infrastructure, engineering, dam safety, fleet, facilities, and the Don Pedro Recreation Agency.

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

The ability to effectuate positive change through people to multiple aspects of the district’s business.

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

I grew up in Merced, California, which is heavily influenced and dependent on agriculture. I also spent most of my childhood farming with my parents or working on other people’s farms. After graduating from college with an engineering degree, I was excited to work at TID where farming and engineering naturally intersect.

4.) What is something unique about yourself?

I currently manage many aspects of a water and power utility, yet I was born and spent my early childhood where there was no running water and no power. I lived in a tiny straw hut village in the jungles of Laos, more than 7,500 miles from Turlock.

5.) What is your favorite book?

Leadership and Self-Deception from The Arbinger Institute.


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