DPU’s Environmental Compliance Specialist Katelyn Mahoney Digs County Infrastructure

Los Alamos County DPU Environmental Compliance Specialist Katelyn Mahoney in her office Tuesday at the Municipal Building. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Daily Post

After being employed by a contractor in Albuquerque and focusing on air quality, Katelyn Mahoney returned to familiar territory at Los Alamos County.

Nine months ago Mahoney, a Los Alamos native, was hired as the Environmental Compliance Specialist in the County’s Department of Public Utilities. As the Environmental Compliance Specialist, Mahoney said she makes sure the County is in compliance with its two discharge permits and two National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

Additionally, Mahoney works to ensure the County is in compliance with drinking water and other New Mexico Environment Department regulations. Mahoney also works with Public Relations Manager Julie Williams-Hill on promoting natural gas awareness and safety awareness.

“Everyone I work with is really knowledgeable and really friendly,” Mahoney said.

Mahoney added the she also is learning a lot. “One cool thing is working with the engineering division and understanding how the infrastructure of the County works.”

Additionally, she said she is getting more knowledgeable about the components of drinking water. “I’m getting a better understanding of what kind of minerals are in the water.”

Mahoney also is training to do water sampling to help ensure Los Alamos residents’ drinking water is clean.

Williams-Hill said she is pleased Mahoney has joined the public utilities team. “Katelyn is a valuable addition to the Department of Public Utilities’ family,” Williams-Hill said. “She quickly learned our business of water, natural gas, electric and wastewater services, demonstrating great initiative. We are so pleased to have her.”

Besides returning to her hometown, Mahoney joins her husband, Dylan, as a County employee. Mahoney’s husband works as a firefighter in the Los Alamos Fire Department.

About the DPU:

The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is New Mexico’s only for-service, not-for-profit, publically-owned utility. It provides the community with electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services and has done so for more than 40 years. Established under Article 5 of the 1968 Charter for the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, the DPU provides payments to Los Alamos County in lieu of the franchise fees and taxes that would normally be assessed against a privately owned utility. In 2008 the DPU added provision of centralized customer service for the County to its service offerings by merging the DPU customer service function to create a unified 311 Customer Care Center. 

The DPU is not supported by taxes, but rather by rates, which are paid for utility services and by certain auxiliary fees. The DPU six-six-person Management Team shares more than 100 years of design, engineering, finance and management experience in multi-service utilities, power systems, federal agencies and public works organizations. Its governing Board of Public Utilities ensures that DPU’s objectives and long-term goals align with the expressed will of its owners – the public.