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Ray Dienzo, Utilities Department Manager/District Engineer

Ray has lived on the Central Coast for over 30 years. From the time he attended and graduated from Cal Poly’s Engineering Program, he was fortunate enough to stay. Prior to joining the Cambria Community Services District, Ray started his water/wastewater engineering career in the private sector as a consulting engineer with tasks including water and sewer modeling, grading and drainage, storm water drainage, and permitting. Ray then moved to the public sector as a Project Engineer and later promoted to Supervising Water Resources Engineer for the Water Resources Division in the County of San Luis Obispo Public Works. Past duties and positions within the County included Utility Coordinator, Project Engineer for the Hydraulic Planning Unit, Project Engineer for Los Osos project team, and Program Manager for the Water Recycling and Water Conservation Program for Los Osos Wastewater Project. Other notable projects included upgrading the Live Weather ALERT website, use of aerial electromagnetic technology (SkyTEM) for obtaining groundwater data, and the Cloud Seeding Program for the Lopez Lake Watershed.

Also since 2008, Ray is also a part-time instructor at Cuesta College, teaching Water Treatment and Water Distribution Operation courses. He also maintains his Water Treatment Operator T2 and Water Distribution Operator D2 for the State of California.

Prior to working in the Water/Wastewater Engineering, Ray spent 8 years working in the Lighting/Electrical industry as well as the Fiber Optic Communication industry. He switched careers to civil engineering in 2002 where he began designing water/wastewater systems, storm drainage, and other water resources related projects. Ray is a Professional Civil Engineer and is licensed in both California and Pennsylvania.

Ray and his wife Laura have been married for over 22 years and have called the Central Coast their home since the 80’s. Laura is a full-time photographer and has made this beautiful area the backdrop for her work. They have a great border collie, Bonny, who share their love for the outdoors. They have also become experts in tasting the great wines of this region.

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