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Vilas Gentes lives in Essex Junction, Vermont and has worked for the Champlain Water District since May 22, 1989 (30 years). Vilas was originally hired as a Maintenance Technician/Relief Operator. He stayed in that position until 2002, when he then became a Wholesale Maintenance Technician. Vilas has been in his current position for the past 17 years. For his first 13 years with the District he would assist in running the treatment portion of the plant while also fulfilling his role as a Maintenance Technician. As a Wholesale Maintenance Technician, Vilas performs scheduled and non‐scheduled maintenance and general repair of equipment and facilities in all areas of the District, i.e., plant, pump stations, garage, grounds, storage tanks, underground vaults, and distribution/transmission systems. He performs in a variety of work situations to maintain and troubleshoot all types of CWD equipment and facilities.
Vilas is our go‐to person for historical background on anything within our plant, out in our transmission system, and even within any of our served systems. He plays a key role in planned and unplanned field work as he’s seen just about everything over his 30 years of service. With a very young staff within our Wholesale Department, Vilas serves as a mentor and positive role model for the team. He happily takes on the task of teaching his younger team members in order to establish a sense of pride within his Department and to ensure the sustainability of the District into the future. It is very obvious how dedicated he is to his profession, as well as how much pride he has in the work he does.
Vilas has not only been instrumental in the success of our Wholesale Department, but the District as a whole. His contributions to CWD and the systems we serve are too numerous to count. With 30 years of service to the District, Vilas has shown outstanding performance in maintaining our plant and transmission systems, protecting public health, and going above and beyond his normal responsibilities.