Faces of Yuba Water Elliott Peters, Hydro Maintenance Worker

Yuba Water Agency's hydro maintenance worker, Elliott Peters, provides general maintenance for all aspects of the agency's Yuba River Development Project, from working on generators and operating cranes, to collecting debris on New Bullards Bar Reservoir. Scroll to read more about Elliott.

What do you do for Yuba Water Agency?

I get to do all the fun stuff. Sometimes I get to work on the generators, operate cranes, make drinking water or just general maintenance across the entire Yuba River Development Project. In the fall, I'm likely helping out in the hydro plant, and in the springtime, I might be gathering debris on the lake. But that's the beauty of it, you never really know in this position. It's always something new, which is what I dig and what keeps it from getting monotonous.

Have your essential duties changed since COVID-19? If so, what has changed?

A little bit, but not terribly. We can still get the work done, but there's a ton of comradery within this group, so not being able to gather as much anymore has been the biggest negative in my eyes.

Photo: Elliott performs routine maintenance at Yuba Water's New Bullards Bar Dam.

What do you enjoy most about working for Yuba Water Agency?

My coworkers without a doubt. That and the work we get to do is second to none.

Before working here, what was the most interesting job you had?

It was probably in the sewer collections department for Yuba City. We would use a robot to do video inspections of hundreds of miles of sewer lines. Everything you're imagining we saw down there...is correct.

Elliot and his wife, Jessica, and children, Wyatt and Charlotte.

Tell us an unusual story or experience you've had while working for Yuba Water Agency.

Probably the coolest assignment I'll ever have was when a few of us rode all-terrain vehicles into the Sierras to dig and form a concrete pad for a snow survey site. We brought food, shovels, tents, camped out and the next day flew all the concrete into the site via helicopter. It was absolutely awesome.

Elliott participates in an archery tournament (left), takes a brief pause while hunting (center), and enjoys a day in the snow with his family (right).

What do you like to do in your free time?

If I'm not at Bucks Lake or Lake Almanor with my family, I'm likely hunting, hiking or at an archery tournament.