Director's View

By Jackson Jenkins

October is one of Tucson’s most temperate months, a month where we revel in autumn foliage and transition out of summer with its oppressive heat and carefree days. It is also a time to ramp up our productivity and refocus on RWRD’s vision, mission, values, and Board of Supervisors’ policies. 
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Here’s one policy that people have been asking about. It pertains to restrictions and allowances in regard to Pima County Annual Leave Accumulation during the period of the COVID-19 outbreak.  BOS personnel policy 8-105 (G) dictates that essential employees must reduce their annual leave balances to two hundred forty (240) hours no later than their anniversary date in 2022.  If employees have annual leave in excess of 240 hours upon their anniversary date in 2022, the excess will automatically be transferred to sick leave. Employees who terminate during that timeframe with an excess of two hundred forty hours of annual leave accrued will be paid out their full balance. 

October is also a month where we focus our attention on serious issues that have affected every one of us in one way or another.  October commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Protect Your Hearing Month, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Imagine a Day Without Water.  

We may know someone who is valiantly fighting cancer, and winning; or someone who has lost that battle. Domestic and family violence is too prevalent, and includes economic, physical, emotional, and psychological abuse of children, adults or elders and affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States every year.  Hearing loss is a gradual impairment most commonly caused by aging and exposure to loud noises, but can be mitigated through the use of earplugs or barriers. RWRD’s computer and SCADA systems are well-protected from cybersecurity breaches, but we must all protect ourselves professionally and personally from acts of cyberterrorism. 

Finally, RWRD is an integral part of the water industry, and the 7th Annual Imagine a Day Without Water (on October 21) forces us to imagine what life would be like without the luxury of turning on the spigot and having clean water magically appear. Please join me in recognizing and supporting these important issues taking place in the month of October!
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