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Trompke takes over Sanitary District

Posted 8/8/17

As Dana Trompke takes over as Fountain Hills Sanitary District Manager, she understands from her experience the challenges that go with the job, but she also knows she is inheriting a well-run …

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Trompke takes over Sanitary District


As Dana Trompke takes over as Fountain Hills Sanitary District Manager, she understands from her experience the challenges that go with the job, but she also knows she is inheriting a well-run operation needing few, if any, management fixes.

However, just the day-to-day needs of a system that treats on average two million gallons of water daily is enough to keep her busy.

Trompke started working for the district this past March, knowing she would take over with the retirement of her predecessor, Ron Huber. Although Huber is still available to offer advice and expertise related to the institutional knowledge that comes with 30 years of running the operation, he believes Trompke will have no problems. He admits she is probably the better engineer of the two.

Tompke’s most recent position prior to the district was as project manager and associate vice president with Carollo Engineers, Inc. in Phoenix.

From 2009 to 2016, Trompke was client service manager for clients that include Fountain Hills Sanitary District and the cities of Peoria and Avondale.

She has served as engineering consultant for a half dozen projects for the Fountain Hills district dating back to 2004.

Trompke received her bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1994 and began her career with Kimley-Horn and Associates in West Palm Beach in 1995.

After moving to Arizona, Trompke continued her education receiving her Master’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University in 2006.

Trompke said that she is a success as a manager and engineer with extensive experience in planning, designing and implementing wastewater treatment and infrastructure projects over her 21-year career.

While preparing for potential growth in Fountain Hills, looking toward planning the State Trust Land or multi-unit projects like Park Place, the district needs to stay focused on maintaining and upgrading its aging infrastructure, according to Trompke.

“We need to allow for changes in land use density and town zoning characteristics,” Trompke said. “We can accommodate what the town has planned and have a good working relationship with public works and engineering at Town Hall.”

She said that while the district currently meets and exceeds all federal and state standards for wastewater treatment they need to be poised to adjust to potential changes in regulations and rules.

Trompke said she is aware that there are concerns regarding the quality of water in Fountain Lake, but notes that it is the town, not the district that has jurisdiction over the lake and its operations.

“We would like to work with the town to address these concerns, even though it is not Sanitary District jurisdiction,” Trompke said.

The district has plans and priorities for infrastructure improvement and replacement through the next three to five years.

“We will be looking to plan and budget farther out five to 10 years,” Trompke said.

Later this year the district will begin a major project to replace old solids handing equipment pumping equipment at the treatment plant on Pepperwood Circle.

“We will be making an effort to be a good neighbor during this construction,” Trompke said.

Well aware that here in the desert every drop of water needs to be carefully accounted for and managed Trompke is ready to begin her own legacy with the district.

“I look forward to continuing the history of effective and safe operation for the town,” she said.