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When scientists search other planets for life, water is the signal. Water makes earth unique and habitable and is crucial for human survival. Wherever water goes and flows, life is sure to follow. Meet our Water Heroes responsible for this vital resource.
“No bad days, even on the bad days," is a motivational motto that Martin Rojas plays on repeat with his colleagues during those days that are particularly challenging. And there can be really grueling days working in the field. But Martin and his fellow Public Works Water Division crew members Henry and Javier help distribute what is most necessary and precious for all humankind; water.
(sometimes those days can feel like this)
Water distribution is an often misunderstood yet crucial component allowing for Watsonville residents to receive quality drinking water. An advanced and highly technical system, Watsonville's water is pumped from a network of 14 wells and 8 reservoirs through roughly 190 miles of pipeline to our community's homes, small businesses, industry, and institutions. Installing, expanding, and repairing this infrastructure, though often unseen by our public, allows water to travel directly to the people who need it. When you fill up a cup of water at your kitchen faucet or take a hot shower on demand, there is a whole crew of humans working hard behind the scenes to make that happen. It is high time we give thanks.
As a Water Services Technician 1 and a member of the construction crew for nearly two years now, Martin is involved in every aspect of installing water mains, the gigantic pipes that distribute water around the City before they branch off into individual homes and businesses. A Watsonville local and mountain biker, it's fortunate that Martin enjoys being outside and using his hands, a perfect match and requirement for his work. He cares deeply about people, including his two young children, and feels proud knowing he is providing quality water. He'll humbly shrug it off, saying "I feel I'm doing something important for the people of Watsonville."
Javier Morales, alongside Martin, is also a Water Services Technician 1 for the City, and appreciates their teamwork. "I really love working in our group and being outdoors, it makes the nine hours we spend together each day pass quickly.” Never the guy to miss out on an opportunity for improvement, Javier makes the space to review anything that went wrong the day before with a critical eye, and help the team build from their mistakes and enhance their service to residents and businesses. "The fact that I am working in the City where I was born makes my job even better." On days off he is always resourceful, assisting family members with fixing their cars and upkeeping plumbing. He makes it a point to attend every one of his children's soccer and volleyball games.
In a marathon, Henry Cervantes would be the one passing along the baton with great skill to the next runner. Having worked for the City of Watsonville for an impressive 27 years, Henry oversees the Water Services Crew. He understands the significant role water plays in safety, and he appreciates installing mandatory fire sprinklers and fire hydrants for new commercial buildings, keeping the building up to code and the customers secure. He also supports residents by installing water services and meters into new homes, ensuring calculated and successful partnerships from the start.
Henry recognizes that vocational work requires patience and mentorship, and he makes the time to pass along his knowledge to the newer employees. "I enjoy teaching the younger generation how to do the work."
Never a man with idle hands, Henry is constantly submerged in work. At home, his expert craftsmanship comes in handy as he designs wooden creations, including a shade box he is currently constructing for his wife's collections.
Water is life, life is precious, and these water superheroes possess a well-spring of dedication to our Watsonville community. Thank you!