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McAllen Public Utility Recognized as Utility of the Future Today

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L-R: Mark Vega, General Manager of MPU and Juan J. Rodriguez, Assistant General Manager of MPU
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McAllen Public Utility has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for Community Engagement by the Water Environment Federation. McAllen Public Utility is one of 65 water utilities recognized for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.

“Outreach and education are two critical components that make McAllen Public Utility great.  The McAllen Public Utility Board continues to explore new ways to reach out to our thriving community, as well as the Rio Grande Valley,” said Charles Amos, MPU Chairman.  “With great care, we continue that tradition by utilizing our most precious resource, our children.”  

MPU was selected under the category of Community Engagement for involvement in educational camps, outreach, committees, and the Annual Night Out.  The recognition celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve.

“The innovations coming to the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges to clean and reliable water,” said Jackie Jarrell, WEF President. “WEF is excited to recognize McAllen Public Utility for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.”

“I’m so proud to receive this recognition, and on behalf of our McAllen Public Utility Board and our MPU employees, thank you to WEF,” said Mark Vega, General Manager of MPU.  “We’re extremely humbled and honored to receive this recognition.  We are blessed to have the finest staff in the state of Texas.”  

The Water Environment Federation is a nonprofit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment. WEF members have proudly protected public health, served their local communities and supported clean water worldwide since 1928.  

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