Clean. Safe. Sustainable.
Utility Service Group is the largest tank service firm in
the United States. We created the Full Service Asset
Management Program over 20 years ago to provide tank
owners with comprehensive sustainable solutions to
manage storage tank assets.
The value of our Full Service Tank Maintenance Program:
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Monitoring Use. When we first started, we used a hand-written log to track
usage; then in 2015, we decided to upgrade to a barcode scanner and put a
bar code sticker on back of each ID card. Now when we punch in how many
gallons each person takes, we automatically record where they come from and
how many times they come for water. So far this calendar year our residential
fill station customers have hauled away 27.85 million gallons of recycled water,
compared to our commercial fill station, which has dispensed 25 million gallons.
That the public is taking more water home in barrels and 300-gallon tanks than
contractors, who haul 4,000-6,000 gallons at a time, is kind of mind blowing.
Training. Training is available every day the fill station is open. It takes
5-10 minutes to train residents in the proper use of recycled water and how
to haul water safely. For the first few days we used our existing staff and paid
them overtime. We realized this was going to be expensive and made the
decision to hire temps. In summer 2015, we had 15 temps working at the two
stations. The staff trains the temps and the temps train the fill station users.
Where do you go from here? When we kicked this off, we were only
aiming at having it as an option when we restrict outdoor water use for
irrigation. Our board is going to have to talk about what we want to do
if our weather pattern returns to normal and the state is no longer in a
drought. To be honest, I don’t know how we can shut it down.
Problems. One of the realities of this kind of program is that you’re going
to have at least a few people who get creative. We had people who installed
tanks and pumps and pumped the recycled water into their irrigation system
without understanding that this is against the law. We hired a consulting firm
to help us do inspections so we can locate and correct these situations.
Unforeseen benefits. This is a fantastic way to do outreach. People see
that recycled water isn’t something dangerous to be afraid of. They become
familiar with the wastewater plant and see how the multi-million dollar
investment in recycled water benefits the community. They get to meet our
staff. We couldn’t have bought this exposure. S
• GASB 34 compliance
• Comprehensive, sustainable management program
• Renewable each year at tank owner’s option
• Includes engineering services and renovations
• Extends tank service life
• Flat annual fee eliminates unplanned expenditures
• Transfers rehabilitation risk
Call us to discover how our sustainable and unique
solutions can assist you in improving the management
of your water system.
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Join Forces for Seismic Safety
THE METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the California De-partment
of Water Resources have joined forces for a seismic pre-paredness
workshop in Spring 2016 to consider damage and water supply
scenarios related to a major seismic event on the San Andreas Fault. The
Los Angeles Aqueduct (LADWP), Colorado River Aqueduct (MWD), and East
and West Branches of the State Water Project (DWR) all cross the fault. The
workshop objective is to develop advance criteria to help facilitate prioriti-zation
of repairs and to identify optimal solutions in case of an actual event.
The three agencies formed the Seismic Resilient Water Supply Task
Force in July 2015 with the idea of considering Southern California’s four
independent aqueduct systems as one. The goal is to determine what can
be done collectively to minimize potential water delivery impacts following a
major event on the San Andreas Fault and how to mitigate potential damage
so that normal water deliveries can be restored more rapidly.
Near-term activities include aqueduct assessments and mitigation as
well as emergency response, including preparing for effective collaboration
of individual agency emergency response efforts and setting the stage for
periodic joint-agency exercises focused on seismic resiliency. Long-term
activities are aimed at evaluation of potential system improvements to aque-duct
and non-aqueduct infrastructure and execution of periodic joint-agency
emergency response exercises. S
—David Clark, MWD Interim Facility Development Section Manager