Faces of Water Q&A – November 2017

  • by Emily Allshouse
  • Nov 17, 2017
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Manual Zapien, Lab Technician, City of Ventura Water

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

1.) Describe your job.

I analyze both potable water and wastewater samples for various constituents to ensure all water quality meets or exceeds state requirements.

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

It is very challenging and rewarding. With the wide variety of tasks I am responsible for, I take great pride in my responsibilities that range from microbiology to metals analysis. At the end of the day all of my work must be defensible in a court of law, so accountability, precision and accuracy are words I must live by. I feel a great sense of reward and accomplishment once I have applied my knowledge and am able to help my coworkers learn the process as well.

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

Many years ago, I was looking through the Ventura College class catalog and saw the water science classes and thought they would be interesting to take. One of my professors brought our class on a tour of the city’s laboratory and I thought to myself, “It would be great to work in a place like this.” A few years later, after working for Ventura County, I ended up getting a job with the city in the very laboratory I had previously toured with my class.

4.) What is something unique about yourself?

I am a very persistent person and refuse to give up. I feel like this quality has helped me succeed through not only my career in a water/wastewater laboratory, but also through many different seasons of my life.

5.) What is your favorite hobby?

I am very involved in sports. I enjoy running and playing soccer. I actively coach youth soccer year-round helping kids develop the fundamental skills for the sport.


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