Recently, the McAllen Public Utility (MPU) attended the 2017 Texas Water Conference where they picked up two Watermark Awards for Communications Excellence for their newsletter and summer camps.  The award recognizes Texas Section American Water Works Association or Water Environment Association of Texas members who have produced top quality communications.  The McAllen Public Utility won two separate awards for their division:  small utility. 

The first award was in Category II for periodicals, magazines or newsletters.  The organization was awarded for MPU News, the McAllen Public Utility Internal Newsletter.  MPU News is a regular publication of McAllen Public Utility.  Its purpose is to improve internal communications by keeping all employees informed about important citywide, operational, organizational and community or social news.

The second award MPU received was in Category V school curriculums and was recognized for the MPU 2016 Water Camps, whose purpose was to educate students on the issues surrounding water use and conservation. The utility hosted four water-related camps for kids in the 3rd to 5th grades, geared toward science, technology engineering, art and mathematics. There is a March Madness Camp during spring break, as well as Beginners Summer Camp, Advanced Summer Camp and a Winter Camp during Christmas break.  The camps are open to the surrounding cities and activities are educational and entertaining.

“I’m extremely proud of the MPU staff for being so passionate about their job and for promoting the importance of water and our system to all of our community,” said Mark Vega, P.E., General Manager.