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  • Some RWRD Staff Move to New Offices

    A number of Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) employees moved into new offices over the past month, as the department vacated most of the eighth floor of the Public Works building at 201 N. Stone Avenue. 

    As part of the move, Mike Gerstenberger and his eighth floor Administration team relocated to the third floor alongside Technical Services and Engineering, where they will report to RWRD Deputy Director Eric Wieduwilt. Six RWRD employees will remain on the eighth floor. 

    The move was spurred by the County’s need for additional office space for staff from various departments at the Admin East building at 130 W. Congress St., but it also reflects RWRD’s ongoing commitment to reducing the costs of operation. 

    RWRD is entirely funded by sewer user fees and sewer connection fees, and receives no funding from city, county, state or federal taxes. Hence, using its financial resources in a prudent way has always been a priority for the department. Indeed, there have only been two user fee rate increases in the past 12 years: the first on March 9, 2010, and the second on April 18, 2017. 

    However, high inflation has made the need for frugality all the more critical in 2022, said RWRD Director Jackson Jenkins. 

    “Most of the goods and services we utilize to operate and maintain our infrastructure, as well as the costs to perform most of the other activities associated with running this utility, have increased considerably,” he said. 

    “Thus, we are diligently looking for any and all cost savings to try and help offset some of the previously mentioned cost increases, and vacating most of the eighth floor will result in a significant savings on the amount of rent we pay to Facilities Management.”