Eli Abeita, Tribal System Operator for Zuni Utility Department and Maria Dadgar, Executive Director of Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. celebrated the news with nearly forty other Tribal water/wastewater operators and utility directors from around the Indian Country in a recognition ceremony August 26th, 2015.
Published September 17, 2015
PHOENIX — The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., (ITCA) National Tribal Water and Wastewater Operator Program announced today that Mr. Eli Abeita, a member of the Pueblo of Zuni, was presented the 2015 Tribal Water/Wastewater Operator of the Year Award during the recent ITCA Tribal Water Operator Workgroup Meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona on August 26, 2015.
Over the past 30 years, the ITCA National Tribal Water Systems (TWS) program has provided training and certification for tribal operators so that they can provide professional water and sanitation services to their respective communities. This recognition award is presented annually to water/wastewater operators who have demonstrated exemplary work ethic, and community involvement while contributing to the high level of water quality within their systems.
Mr. Abeita, an employee of the Zuni Utility Department, was one of 9 nominees who received recognition for their professional service and dedication to maintaining safe drinking water and effective wastewater management on behalf of their tribal communities.
“The need for safe and reliable drinking water and effective wastewater management is critical to the health, safety, welfare, economic viability, and self-determination goals of Tribal communities throughout Indian Country,” stated Maria Dadgar, ITCA Executive Director.
The ITCA National Tribal Water Systems Program works with hundreds of system operators across Indian Country every year that directly protect the health of their communities.
“The daily work performed by these public health professionals, who are often on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is admirable,” stated Brian Bennon, TWS Program Manager. “Our team believes that exceptional operators, who go above and beyond their responsibilities in making outstanding contributions to their communities, should receive recognition for their dedication.”