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Robert Barrett
Phone: 623-869-2135

After a long and intensive search, Central Arizona Project is pleased to announce Philip Rettinger and Terrance Piekarz are joining CAP's Maintenance organization as managers.

Mr. Rettinger  has assumed the role of Maintenance Manager, West, leaving him with responsibility for all maintenance activities from Lake Havasu, where CAP draws water out of the Colorado River, to Phoenix, which is approximately the halfway point of the 336-mile-long aqueduct. It is critical that CAP continue its perfect record of never failing to deliver Colorado River water to its customers.

Mr. Rettinger originally joined CAP in 2009 as a Mechanical Maintenance Engineer with responsibility for the reliability, availability and maintenance of assets within the southern portion of the CAP aqueduct system. He has provided oversight of pumping plants, check/turnout structures and groundwater recharge facilities.

A mechanical engineer with 16 years of industrial knowledge and experience in supervision and equipment reliability improvements, Mr. Rettinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and dedicated many years of his career in engineering and management at Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Mr. Piekarz, the Deputy Water Services Director for the City of Phoenix, will be joining CAP as Maintenance Manager, South, effective March 26, 2012. He will be responsible for deliveries from Phoenix to a point about 10 miles south of Tucson where the CAP systems ends at the Pima Mine Road Recharge Project.

Mr. Piekarz has a great deal of experience in water deliveries. He has been associated with the City of Phoenix's water services department since 1989, with experience in the management, maintenance and operations of its systems and organizations. Most recently, he served as Deputy Water Services Director overseeing planning, directing and managing Phoenix's Water Production Division.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He is also a Grade 4 certified wastewater treatment plant operator from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

CAP is committed to providing excellent customer service as it reliably delivers about 1.6 million acre-feet of Colorado River water annually to about 4 million people in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties.