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FIRE RESPONSE haulers to keep track of their own loads, but we began to question that as well. Throughout the first few weeks, before the mutual aid crew arrived, we did not have a master meter and we probably will be unable to come up with an accurate number of gallons used the first few weeks of the fire, which is income lost. Today my days are filled with managing a public water system while try-ing to rebuild our office and treatment plant. Every day I speak to our insur-ance company, our private adjusters, FEMA representatives, and vendors to acquire quotes and purchase items that we have lost as we determine we need them. As I write this, a little over two months after the fire, we have spent over $60,000 for computers, office products, and items needed in the field, and we have not begun to rebuild the office or treatment plant. I am getting quotes on rebuilding the office and rebuilding our filtration system while FEMA and our insurance company determine what they will and won’t cover. CCWD will feel the impact of the Valley Fire for years to come. Based on what we went through, I will have a better mutual aid agreement in my ERP. I will have Cal OES in my list of emergency phone numbers. If my mutual aid agreements are not with entities with the equipment needed in case of total equipment loss or failure, I would list contact information. We were simply not prepared for this, and we thought we were. Knowing what I know now, when total disaster strikes, call your neighbors to see if you can get up and running short term; next call Cal OES and ask for help. Once their help arrives, coordinate and facilitate with their staff. S This article was adapted from an article originally published in the Rural Community Assistance Corporation newsletter; see www.rcac.org. Published with permission. ✔ Easy to Install ✔ Tamper-resistant ✔ Low Maintenance ✔ Engineered Solution www.ca-nv-awwa.org 31 SCADA cleaned up as promised (the county had been advertising free property clean up), and the filter piping was buried in burnt building debris. The debris had not been tested, due to complications, and it was filled with fiberglass from the building’s insulation. Two members of the crew broke out Tyvek suits and facemasks and I joined them. As the sun was coming up I could see thousands of fiberglass particles floating in the air as we shoveled the debris away. Once we cleared the debris, Mike and his crew spent a day and a half removing the damaged pipe from our filter system and bypassing the filter, which the state is allowing us to do on a short-term basis. Brian managed to get a control system in place to fill the tanks automatically within 48 hours. While the filter was being repaired and samples were taken to lift the boil water notice, the trailer company delivered my temporary office. It took a dozen phone calls and multiple emails just to make sure that the trailer was covered by our insurance. As soon as the water system was re-pressurized on September 14, peo-ple started taking water out of our fire hydrants. Our bulk station had been damaged, and the board and I determined that letting Cal Fire, PG&E and property cleaning companies access water was the right thing to do. We told all haulers that this was the honor system and to keep track of their loads so we could get reimbursed when we had an office again. As time passed, we realized that water hauler drivers were hired off the street with no experience operating hydrants. Trucks would line up and down the same street hooked to different hydrants, which caused incidences of low water pressure. We also had people coming from out of the area because they heard that “Middletown has free water.” We also trusted the water ClearSCADA Enterprise Software SCADAPack RTU/PLC Controllers FlowStation Pump Controllers Pillbox Ruggedized SCADA Enclosures WIN-911 Alarm Notification Software ScadaDroid Alarm Dialer WIRELESS Accutech Wireless Instrumentation Trio Spread Spectrum & Licensed Radios Firetide Broad-Band Mesh Network Teledesign Systems VHF & UHF Licensed FreeWave Spread Specturm Serial & Ethernet SECURITY Video Surveillance , Hardware & Software MS4 PERMITTING SOFTWARE The Pillbox™ is a self-contained housing for field installation of electronics packages that need protection from the elements and unwelcomed attention. www.SageDesignsInc.com • 1-888-ASK-SAGE • www.SCADAWise.com


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