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And the Winner Is . . .  Elizabeth Barriga from the City of Gallup

We recently received word that Elizabeth Barriga is the winner of the 2013 Alice Darilek Water Conservation Award from the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The Rocky Mountain Section encompasses Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

“I have known Elizabeth Barriga for seven years,” said Marian Wrage, City of Rio Rancho environmental programs manager and Secretary for the New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance (Alliance). “I first met Elizabeth at an Alliance meeting. When a board position became available, she became the Secretary for the Alliance. She held the position for one year and then moved into the Treasurer position where she has remained for several years.

“Elizabeth has been very active with the Alliance, driving two and one-half hours one way from Gallup to attend the meetings in Albuquerque, held every other month. She has run a one-woman water conservation show for the City of Gallup for the past nine years. As Water Conservation Coordinator, she is the director of Gallup’s annual Water and Energy Awareness Fair where the first day is for fourth-grade students (about 350), and the second day is at a middle school where about 900 sixth through eighth-grade students attend. As a presenter at her festival this year, I was amazed at how smoothly it ran and how well Elizabeth was able to use her festival volunteers. I have certainly “borrowed” a couple of ideas to incorporate into our outreach and education programs.

“When conservation opportunities come around, Elizabeth is quick to volunteer her time and her city. She has taken advantage of learning how to do restaurant water audits through participation with a NM Office of the State Engineer (NMOSE) grant, and she was also one of the first in the state to use AWWA’s Water Use Accounting software. She has also partnered with other cities and organizations to participate in New Mexico’s EPA Fix a Leak Week and attract local residents to various Fix a Leak Week events and distributing water conservation materials, showerheads, and aerators.”

Please join all of us to congratulate Elizabeth Barriga for this prestigious award!

New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance

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Updated July 2013