Posted on: April 23, 2015

CVWD receives award for excellence in engineer certification


Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and its Engineering Department have received a prestigious award from the San Diego chapter of the national Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) in connection with CVWD’s work to provide training and certification to its engineers administrating construction projects.

“Professionalism is a crucial component of what we do at the water district,” said CVWD General Manager Jim Barrett. “Having our engineers who perform contract administration become certified construction managers provides a higher level of professionalism and consistency and the skills needed to perform their duties.”

CVWD Director of Engineering Mark Johnson recently accepted the President’s Special Service Award during a CMAA dinner in San Diego. Engineering Manager Dan Charlton was also honored with the Distinguished Owner Honoree award for his role in establishing a CMAA-SD chapter in the Coachella Valley.

To become a certified construction manager, an engineer must complete 24 hours of training and pass a four-hour exam. In the first phase of the certification program, 11 CVWD engineers were certified. The program requires continuing education to maintain the certification.

CVWD’s Engineering Department is responsible for the planning, design and construction of infrastructure in all six service areas (domestic water, wastewater, irrigation/drainage, stormwater, non-potable water and groundwater recharge). The district has an annual capital improvement budget of $70 to $100 million.

The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

News Release Contacts
Heather Engel,, Ext. 2353
Diane Carmony,, Ext. 2315

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