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Jacob Maes of JNJ Utilities named “Small System Water Operator of the Year”

Signpost Staff

Jacob Maes of J & J Utilities in Placitas was recently honored by the New Mexico Rural Water Association (NMRWA) at their 2016 annual conference—he was named “Small System Water Operator of the Year.”

NMRWA Executive Director Bill Connor from the Anasazi Trails Water Cooperative of Placitas provided following tribute about him to the Signpost:

“It would be close to impossible for us to find a system operator who would be more honest, well-equipped, experienced, knowledgeable, efficient, and on the spot [than Jacob Maes]. Whenever we need them, Jacob and his crew respond quickly to water system problems, helping individual members to solve problems like leaks and water pressure issues.

“Our water co-op, the Anasazi Trails Water Cooperative, was established in 2003 and Jacob has been our sole water operator. He never shirks or fails to follow through his responsibilities and keeps our system running no matter the difficulties. He always walks the extra mile for us and doesn’t give up or get exasperated when the mud gets to be too much to bear.

“In 2008, our co-operative was an early adapter of an arsenic removal system. Jacob, working together with the co-op Board put us in compliance with the Arsenic Rule. Jacob is there when you need him. His honesty and straightforwardness make him a standout and top candidate for Operator of the Year.”

Jacob told the Signpost “This is a big award for an operator. I’m grateful to all the water boards that I work for and the way they step up to keep their systems working. It’s a reflection of what we do as a community. I also appreciate working with my dad, Johnny, and all the people who work for us.”

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