Abel Ordaz spends his days making sure the water in Brentwood remains uncontaminated. As the city’s cross connection control specialist, Ordaz monitors homes and businesses that have wells, ensuring their equipment is in good working order.
“If a homeowner has a well, and they are also connected to the city water (system), the well must have a backflow device . . . that prevents water from the well going into the (city water) system,” Ordaz said. “My job is to test these devices once a year to make sure they are working.”
Ordaz stays current on state regulations for these systems, sending out reminder notices for devices that need testing and entering data into the system. He also turns in a report to the State of California each year. Odaz said he also handles complaints from the city’s water customers for taste, odor and pressure issues. He said he enjoys the aspect of his job that allows him to get out of the office and meet people.
A Brentwood boy born and bred, Ordaz is now raising his own family here. He and his wife have three children, and Ordaz spends his evening and weekends coaching his kids’ football and softball teams. He said he loves living and working in his hometown.
“I remember saying in high school that I wanted to get out of Brentwood and be far away . . . the next thing you know, here I am,” Ordaz said with a smile. “I love it, it’s really great. I don’t have to commute and it’s so great for the coaching. The city staff is the best, and I just feel so blessed.”