Faces of Water Q&A – September 2017

  • by Emily Allshouse
  • Sep 22, 2017
  • Newsletters

Kristine McCaffrey, Manager of Engineering, Calleguas Municipal Water District

 

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

1.) Describe your job.

I am responsible for implementation of Calleguas’ capital improvement program, which includes about $30 million per year for water infrastructure, such as large diameter pipelines, pump stations, reservoirs, and the Salinity Management Pipeline. Our projects primarily focus on rehabilitation and replacement associated with aging infrastructure and those to enhance Calleguas’ local water supply reliability, especially in emergency situations.

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

It’s so rewarding to be involved in a project from when the need for the project is identified all the way through design, CEQA/NEPA, right-of-way, permitting, bid, award, construction, and start up. It can be a long and challenging process to take a project from concept to reality, but when the project is done, you really have something to show for your work.

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

I graduated with degrees in environmental engineering and urban planning and had intended to work on environmental remediation projects, but when I moved to Southern California after college, I discovered that water was really where the most interesting work was going on. I got a chance to work on design/build for a water recycling plant a few years into my career, which was fascinating. After that, I shifted my career focus to water.

4.) What is something unique about yourself?

Although I love my job, I also work to support my travel habit. I have been to all seven continents and 48 of 50 states (I’m missing Montana and South Dakota). My most recent adventure was climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro followed by a safari in Tanzania.

5.) What is your favorite food?

Chicago style deep dish pizza.


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