The Desert Mountain Chapter leadership (clockwise from top left): Anai J. Padilla, Evelyn Rios, Kimberly LaBree and Teresa T. Alcala. | Photo courtesy EP Water
Teresa Alcala and Anai Padilla are raising El Paso Water’s profile as members of the all-female Desert Mountain Chapter committee of Texas AWWA.
Alcala and Padilla were both featured in a recent profile in Texas H2O, a monthly newsletter of the Texas section of the American Water Works Association. In years past, the committee consisted of engineers. This year, committee members work in more diverse positions in the water industry.
As a Quality Control Chemist for EPWater, Alcala embraced the opportunity to serve as chapter vice president.
“Being an officer is a learning experience,” said Alcala, an employee of EPWater for 29 years. “It means additional work and responsibilities, but the experience is very gratifying when you can spread the word of what you do and the importance of water and water resources.”
As an employee at the International Water Quality Laboratory, Alcala welcomed the chance to raise public awareness of EPWater’s high standards in prioritizing public health.
“It has been my passion to serve the people of El Paso by doing my job with the principle in mind that all that I do contributes to protecting their health,” Alcala told Texas H2O.
Padilla, who serves as chapter secretary, will take a role in Texas AWWA Education Committee strategic planning for the next year, promoting the education section of the AWWA. For more than 25 years at EPWater, the Water Conservation/TecH2O Manager has led the utility’s educational outreach in both residential and commercial conservation programs.
“I love being a member of this group, where we all work toward a common goal,” Padilla told Texas H2O.
Aside from Padilla and Alcala, other committee members are Evelyn Rios, an assistant engineer at Hazen and Sawyer, and Kimberly LaBree, an engineer and project manager at Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Inc.
Chief on the committee’s to-do list is organizing educational tours of EPWater’s facilities and encouraging El Paso high school girls to take part in Meter Madness, a fast-paced AWWA competition where contestants are tested on meter-assembling skills and dexterity. So far, their early efforts have proven successful, piquing the interest of a Loretto High School team.