Editor’s Note: This feature highlights water utility employees in the San Diego region working during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure a safe, reliable and plentiful water supply. The water industry is among the sectors that are classified as essential. Matthew Carriveau, Otay Water District Customer Pump Mechanic I, is the Water Utility Hero of the Week.
Water Utility Hero of the Week: Matthew Carriveau
Job/Agency: Otay Water District Pump Mechanic I
How did you become interested in working in the water industry?
When I was in the U.S. Navy I worked on distilling units turning seawater into drinking water. I really enjoyed operating and maintaining that equipment so I was open to a career that involved similar work.
How has your job changed during the pandemic?
My partner and I drive separate vehicles and we wear masks. Our meetings involve Zoom and take place on the computer.
How are you keeping safe?
I wash my hands a lot more and try to stay away from other people as much as possible.
What are you most looking forward to after the crisis ends?
I look forward to travelling around the country. I have had to cancel 3 or 4 trips that I had planned due to COVID-19 restrictions. My wife and I want to go back to Kauai and that will probably be our first destination when travelling becomes safer.
The Water Utility Hero of the Week highlights essential work performed during the COVID-19 pandemic by employees of the San Diego County Water Authority’s 24 member agencies.