President’s Corner

November 2022 – President’s Comments

Hola Sam Houston Members,

First off, I want to thank Laura Bonjonia for her great leadership as President. Thanks to her leadership SHWUA is stronger than ever as an association that helps support the water/wastewater community. Under her leadership, SHWUA gave out 11 scholarships which is an amazing accomplishment. As your new president, I hope to build on Laura’s accomplishments and continue moving SHWUA in the right direction.

Last month we had a great meeting at Alsay. Laura gave us a great refresher on sample collection and microorganism at our wastewater plants. Alsay provided us a great chicken fried dinner while we listened to Laura’s great presentation. As many of our corporate sponsors, Alsay has always been a big supporter of SHWUA, and we appreciate their continued support hosting our October monthly meeting. If you didn’t already know, Alsay provides great maintenance services and innovative tools to help your operations run smooth. Please be sure to check out their website to learn more about their great services and products.

This month’s meeting will be at Fort Bend WCID #2. As always, we expect a great turn out for our last meeting of the year. Don’t forget this will be your last chance in 2022 to get the last couple of CEU hours. I hope to see you there on November 17th.

I’m very excited to be your new president. For those who don’t know me here is a quick background. I’ve been in the water/wastewater industry for 22 years. I started out as an OIT for the City of Houston at the East Water Purification Plant and 22 years later, I’m a Regional Director for Inframark. I’m more of a Surface Water guy but I have both water and wastewater licenses. As many of you, I fell into this industry by accident so I’m very passionate about promoting our industry as a great alternative to the usual career paths.

Even though 2022 has brought us record-breaking inflation and high gas prices, November is that time of the year we give thanks for all the blessing 2022 has bought us. So here are some thoughts as we give thanks:

  • Always be grateful for the things you have, there are people who have much less.
  • Never pass up an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, we are not guaranteed tomorrow.
  • Always strive to service others, its food for the soul.

I wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Roy Aristizabal