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January 30th, 2008
Viejas Receives Award for Water System

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PR – The Viejas Tribal Government has been recognized as having one of the
best water systems among small utilities in the region. The California
Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association has awarded
Viejas the Small Utilities Award for the accomplishments the reservations
small utilities water system has had on its community.

The current water system on the Viejas Reservation is comprised of three
potable water and three reclaimed water storage tanks, nine wells and a
waste water treatment plant totaling 40 miles of water and sewer piping.
The entire system is monitored with a Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition (SCADA) system that allows an operator at a master or remote
facility to monitor and control levels and processes of various sites.
This SCADA system saves time and money by eliminating the need for
service personnel to visit each site for inspection and to be able to
respond quicker in case of a water or sewer emergency.

Viejas is proud to be the recipient of this
prestigious award, said Viejas Public Works
Director Jim Reed. This award reflects Viejas
Tribal Governments commitment to being an
industry leader and providing its tribal members with the best
infrastructure and services possible. Developing and maintaining the
highest quality water system benefits our tribal community as well as
surrounding communities.

The American Water Works Association looks for outstanding leadership
and pioneer spirit within the water industry and is dedicated to
leading, educating and serving the drinking water community to ensure
public health and to provide safe and sufficient water for all. Today,
the California Nevada Section of the Association has a membership of
8,000. The small utilities award is given to those systems serving less
than 10,000 people.

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