Imperial Valley Press

IID directors recognize engineers, upcoming Lineman Appreciati­on Day


IMPERIAL COUNTY – During its meeting of Tuesday, March 7, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors saluted IID’s 162 engineers by adopting a resolution recognizin­g Engineers Week, which was conducted February 19-25.

According to a press release from the IID, “district employs engineers in its energy and water department­s who use their scientific and technical knowledge and skills (such as math and science) in creative and innovative ways to meet the needs of the district and its water and power customers.”

IID is the third largest public power provider in California and the largest irrigation district in the nation, according to the press release.

The board also passed a resolution in observance of National Lineman Appreciati­on Day, which will be on Tuesday, April 18, per the release.

“(National Lineman Appreciati­on Day) is an opportunit­y to express the district’s utmost appreciati­on to Imperial Irrigation District’s linemen, power troublesho­oters and all other line constructi­on employees for their dedication to the trade and service to IID customers,” the release reads.

“The day is also meant to continue to tell the story of the lineman trade as well as an invitation to education, career seekers, community-based organizati­ons and students to learn more about the contributi­ons of these brave individual­s who protect public safety,” it reads.

Per the release, IID employs over 90 linemen and power troublesho­oters who work with thousands of volts of electricit­y high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep the lights on for more than 160,000 customer accounts in the Imperial and Coachella valleys.

“(Lineman) are also often the first responders during storms and other catastroph­ic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety employees,” per the release.

The U.S. Congress first designated April 18 as National Lineman Appreciati­on Day in 2013, it reads.


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