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CAP Employee Focus: Renee Finch/Facilities Services Supervisor
This is the fifth in a series of profiles regarding the CAP staff members who are responsible for Central Arizona Project’s operations.
In a nutshell, what do you do for CAP?
I lead the Facilities Services team, which provides CAP employees with an efficient, aesthetically-pleasing, ergonomic work environment. We pride ourselves on keeping people happy and healthy, while being respectful of the planet and financially responsible. We manage CAP conference rooms, audio-visual services and set-up for all Board meetings as well as the front reception desk, mail and reprographics. We also oversee the trip reduction program, furniture requests and installation, building renovations, our mobile lunch truck, janitorial services, the CAP office recycling program and all utilities throughout the 336-mile Central Arizona Project.
How did you get into this line of work?
I was recruited internally by my predecessor in this position. Ironically, I have a sister and a brother who work for two different Arizona cities and they have the same job in their respective Facilities departments.
How does the work you do on a daily basis affect our water supply?
Facilities provides support services to operations and maintenance. We consider ourselves the skeleton and backbone of the organization because we provide the foundation for employees to excel in their workplace.
What are some of the technical advances that allow you to do your job more effectively and efficiently?
The Integrated Strategic Plan and Maintenance Excellence Program, including the automated work order system, which has assisted us with long-term planning and life cycle analysis to maintain CAP’s assets. This has contributed greatly to our increased efficiencies.
What's the most challenging part of your work?
The most challenging part is to analyze wants vs. needs. I try to look at the big picture rather than at individual wants/needs – and hope everyone is satisfied with the end result.
What's the most gratifying part of your job?
I literally grew up here at CAP and feel like the most gratifying part of my job is serving others and working with the specialized, talented, brilliant people who deeply care and have dedicated themselves to CAP. I am honored every day to have these relationships in my life and truly honored to work for such an important resource to the state of Arizona.
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Lake Mead structural deficit adds to issues of drought and shortage
Arizona relies on water from the Colorado River for approximately 40 percent of its overall supplies. The two largest reservoirs in the river system are Lakes Mead and Powell, which are used to store water for future demand.
CAP takes podium at AZ Water Conference
Central Arizona Project is well represented at the 88th annual AZ Water conference held May 6-8 in Glendale. CAP annually participates in this conference, which is attended by hundreds of water professionals from throughout Arizona. AZ Water, the local chapter of the American Water Works Association, hosts the conference, which is designed to share information regarding the enhancement of Arizona’s drinking water, water reuse and environmental resources.
Central Arizona Project Encourages Year-Round Water Conservation
The month of April was dedicated to water conservation in the state of Arizona. But with a long-term drought and a potential Colorado River shortage on the horizon, conservation needs to become a year-long commitment for Arizonans. Beyond turning off the water when you brush your teeth and installing low-flow toilets, following are a few extra measures you might easily take to save even more precious water: