Councilmember Rene Lopez Talks Water

Oct. 28, 2021
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Voices of Chandler

In Episode 10 of Voices of Chandler, The Podcast, guest host Isabella Neal introduces Chandler Councilmember Rene Lopez as he continues the conversation about water in Arizona.

The United States Bureau of Reclamation declared a Tier 1 Colorado River Shortage in August. This announcement did not come as a surprise to the City of Chandler as Chandler has spent decades planning and preparing for natural occurring droughts through smart investments in infrastructure, a diverse water portfolio and a robust conservation program. Councilmember Lopez sits down with Warren Tenney, Executive Director with the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) to discuss what this shortage looks like for the City and the State.

You can also watch a video of their conversation on YouTube

Episode highlights:

  • What does a Tier 1 shortage mean for Arizona?
  • Find out how many sources we use for water in Central Arizona.
  • Learn how the ten cities in the metro area that are members of AMWUA have a different structure for how they get their water and a unique drought preparedness plan.
  • According to Tenney, “We have a diverse supply of water, but not enough to waste.” Learn more at Chandler Water

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Councilmember René Lopez

Meet the Host: Rene Lopez

Councilmember René Lopez has lived and worked in Chandler since 2007. He began his first term on the Chandler City Council in January 2015. 

He is a third-generation Arizona native, born and raised in the East Valley, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, with a concentration in Direct Energy Conversion.

René is also a third-generation U.S. Navy veteran.  He served as a Naval Officer aboard submarines, honorably separating from the Navy in 2000 as a Lieutenant, with more than four years of service.  After more than a decade of traveling and moving with the U.S. Navy, and as a Project Manager, he and his family decided to move back home to be closer to family. He has an extensive career in project management, with more than 15 years of experience working in telecommunications, energy, and currently in information technology.