Strube 'right fit' as new Water Utilities director

Allison Strube has been promoted to Water Utilities director after a search that yielded 36 applicants. The appointment takes effect immediately.

San Angelo’s water utilities director is responsible for all operational and infrastructure matters related to water supplyproductiondistributionquality and conservation. The director is also responsible for wastewater treatmentutilities maintenance, billing and customer service.Allison Strube

“Everyone agrees water is San Angelo’s number-one issue,” Strube said. “Without it, our community can’t thrive the way we all want it to. Beyond ensuring San Angelo has an abundant water supply, Water Utilities is also striving to improve our water quality, our infrastructure’s reliability and the ease of our customer service. To be entrusted with these responsibilities is both a great honor and a welcome challenge. I’m committed to making a difference.”

Strube replaces Bill Riley, who retired Dec. 8. She had served as interim director since then and as the assistant director since 2015. 

“She’s extremely qualified and the right fit for this organization,” Public Works Executive Director Ricky Dickson said. “Allison understands our most pressing needs and issues, and the factors that influence those. Her work has earned her the respect and trust of her colleagues. All of that is important. It makes the transition seamless.”

Strube joined the City in 2012 as a project engineer in the Engineering Services Department. In that job, she designed system improvements and evaluated infrastructure issues related to water and sewer. She also managed Capital Improvements Plan projects and reviewed site development plans to ensure compliance with ordinances and other regulations.

As assistant director of Water Utilities, she assisted in administering department’s operations, including water treatment, reclamation and conservation; utility maintenance; and special projects. She evaluated capital plans, and recommended priorities and funding for infrastructure improvements.

Strube previously worked as a product engineer for Martifer-Hirschfeld Energy Systems. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.

The job opening for assistant director of Water Utilities will soon be posted on the City’s website at cosatx.us/jobs.

Water Quality

The Water Quality Division's mission is to analyze and evaluate the quality of the source water, treated water and wastewater for compliance with state-mandated water quality standards. 

This mission is accomplished through the cooperation of various City operations, including the water treatment plant, the wastewater treatment plant, and the Water and Wastewater Collections and Distribution divisions.

 

The Water Quality Division was formed in 1997 after the consolidation of three separate City laboratories, including the water treatment plant laboratory, the wastewater treatment plant laboratory, and the City/County Health Department laboratory. Consolidation of these three labs provided for more efficient analyses, as well as better cross-training for laboratory personnel. The laboratory was awarded NELAC Accreditation for bacteriology in 2008.

Information and resources

Current drought level

The City is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to once every seven days at any time of day and no more than 1 inch per week. Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is also prohibited. 

Report watering violations by clicking on this link or calling 325-657-4409. For more information, go to cosatx.us/water. Do your part; be water smart! 

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