Your Sewers FOG-Free For A Festive Holiday Season!
the holidays, fats, oils and grease can cause big problems for Tri-City
residents. There’s nothing worse than
backed-up sewer pipes when you have a houseful of guests!
are many obvious sources that come to mind, such as turkey fryer
oil and the rich ingredients of many holiday foods that we cook.
The Fats, Oils and Grease (also called FOG,) from those holiday
treats can create blockages in sewer lines and cause backups into
your home with expensive cleanup costs. Overflows could cause grease
to enter our creeks and the San Francisco Bay, harming wildlife
and the environment. Grease poured into gutters or storm drains
flows directly to local waterways without treatment.
has a few tips to help you keep your pipes healthy and your holidays
pour fats oils or grease down your household drains, even
with hot water or soap.
disposals do not help to remove FOG.
(fats, oils, and grease) should never be poured into storm
drains. Storm drains lead into our creeks and ultimately,
large amounts of grease or cooking oil (including from deep
fryers), and bring to the Allied Waste/Republic Services
Customer Service Center at 42600 Boyce Road in Fremont.
Contact Republic Services at (510) 657-3500.
all pots and pans with a paper towel to remove leftover
grease before washing or loading in your dishwasher.
Let FOG cool down, then pour small amounts of cooking oils
and grease into a soup or pet food can lined with absorbent
paper and discard in your trash.
of solidified grease in your trash.
sewer problems in the streets of your neighborhood, please call
USD at (510) 477-7500, 24 hours a day (even on holidays!) Wastewater
backups require immediate attention.
holiday cooking ruin the season’s cheer. Always dispose of fats,
oils and grease properly. You will be helping to keep your sewer
line, storm drains, creeks and the Bay clean. For more information,
see USD’s StopFOG webpage .
For Info About Wipes and Other Pollution Prevention Tips
on BayWise.org about "flushable" wipes and their
effects on sewers and the environment deserves attention.
Below are some interesting facts about wipes from BayWise
- check the website for more details (and to view a very funny
Flush This" video from the United Kingdom!)
consumers use disposable wipes because they're convenient
for cleaning and disinfecting. Even people who would not normally
embrace disposable products because of concern for overburdened
landfills are using wipes that are being marketed as "flushable."
They don't toss them in the trash; they flush them down the
toilet, believing they've done the right thing.
Wipes Should NOT be Flushed
"flushable" label simply means they will go down
your toilet when flushed. What you should be concerned about
is what can happen next.
toilet paper, disposable wipes (even those labeled "flushable")
do not quickly disintegrate in water. Consumer Reports tested
several brands of wipes labeled "flushable" and
found that while toilet paper disintegrated after about eight
seconds, the wipes still hadn't broken down after 30 minutes.
products stay largely intact as they travel through sewer
pipes and can easily get caught on roots or other debris,
increasing the risk of clogs and sewage overflows. As disposable
wipes grow in popularity, sewer agencies are being forced
to commit additional resources to removing mounds of wipes
clogging up public sewer lines, pumps, and treatment facilities.
While USD has not experienced significant problems with wipes
at our plant and pump stations, their increasing popularity
is a concern. Disposable wipes are an even greater threat
to your home's sewer pipe, which is much smaller and more
easily clogged. In addition to potentially causing clogs and
overflows, many of the cleaning and disinfecting wipes contain
chemicals that are difficult for sewer treatment plants to
remove, and they can thus pollute local waters.
use disposable cleaning/disinfecting wipes, moist towelettes,
baby wipes, personal hygiene wipes or similar disposable or
"flushable" products, put them in the trash, never
in your toilet. Only human waste and toilet paper should be
flushed down your toilet. If you have questions about wipes,
call USD at (510) 477-7621.
Wins "Peak Performance" Award
Sanitary District has received the Gold Award from the National
Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) for “Peak Performance”
in the 2012 calendar year. The Gold Award recognizes the
District’s achievement of 100% compliance with its regulatory
permit requirements for an entire year. These permit conditions
are in place to protect the water quality of San Francisco
has been recognized by NACWA for 20 consecutive years since
the award program began in 1993. “The Gold Award is an honor
that reflects our level of commitment to environmental protection,
as well as the hard work of all District employees,” says
David Livingston, Plant Manager. “USD’s well-trained, dedicated
staff is the reason for our success.”
Richard Currie notes that “our plant operators, mechanics,
electricians, laboratory staff, engineers and environmental
compliance staff all share in this award. It truly takes the
efforts of all of these groups to keep the plant running smoothly
and to ensure that no harmful materials are discharged to
the sewer by businesses and industries in our service area.”
Jose Rodrigues Wins Statewide Collection System Worker of the Year
System Worker II Jose Rodrigues has received the statewide
“Collection System Worker of the Year” award from the California
Water Environment Association (CWEA). “Jose’s leadership
skills and contributions to USD’s training and maintenance
programs are very deserving of this recognition,” says James
Schofield, Collection Services Supervisor. “He consistently
displays a ‘can do’ attitude that makes him a great co-worker
and representative of our District.” Jose is the first USD
employee to win this award.
owns and maintains over 780 miles of sewer lines in the
Tri-Cities. The District’s Collection Services Workers clean,
inspect and repair lines daily to help ensure continuous,
uninterrupted service to our customers. They also complete
connections to our system for new construction, mark utilities
for digging, and respond to customer trouble calls 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
human health and providing professional service to our customers
is an important job,” says Jose, who joined the District
in 2003. “I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned throughout the
years with others, and I strive to be someone that a new
person in the collection services field can look up to.”
accomplishments include helping to develop and construct
an overflow estimating training station at the District’s
Alvarado Treatment Plant in Union City, and presenting technical
training to USD employees and outside agencies. He contributes
as a subject matter expert to the District’s award-winning
training program, helping to develop tools for measuring
competencies and instructing classes. He has also presented
workshops at CWEA conferences and other industry events.
is the California industry association for wastewater professionals,
with about 9,000 members statewide. Jose initially won the
regional Collection System Worker of the Year award in January
2013 for CWEA’s San Francisco Bay Section, which includes
over 1,600 members in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco
counties, plus a portion of San Mateo County. The regional
award automatically qualified him to compete at the statewide
level. The competition is based on accomplishments and contributions
to the wastewater industry.
Awards Certificates of Merit to 27 Tri-City Industries
Tuesday, May 21st, the District will award Certificates of
Merit to 27 industries located in our Tri-City service area
for maintaining 100% compliance with all wastewater discharge
requiriements in 2012. In addition, these industries consistently
comply with and implement pollution prevention measures, maintain
a cooperative working relationship with USD, and demonstrate
continuing awareness and understanding of environmental issues
and requirements. Several of these recipients have received
this honor for consecutive years of continued compliance.
is responsible for permitting, inspecting and monitoring certain
industries that discharge to our sewer system in order to
ensure compliance with Federal, State and Local environmental
regulations. This is done not only to protect our Alvarado
Treatment Plant from toxic discharges, but also to protect
the water quality of San Francisco Bay.
2012 Certificate of Merit Award Winners:
||Analog Semiconductors (19)
||Global Plating, Inc. (3)
||Microwave Technology, Inc.
||Seagate Technology LLC #3, Bldg.
||Applied Thin-Film products (7)
||Neophotonics Corporation (7)
||Silevo, Inc. (2)
||Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, Inc.
||Intevac, Inc. (4)
||Nitinol Devices & Components, Inc. #1
||Enablence USA Components, Inc. (4)
||Lam Research CA/3 (2)
||Pantronix Corporation (8)
||Tri-Cities Recycling & Disposal Facility
||Finisar Corporation (10)
||Lam Research CA/30 (4)
||Quality Transport, Inc. (3)
||Western Digital - Fremont (Bldg 2)
||GE Sensing & Inspection (6)
||Quantum Clean #2 (6)
Tri-Gas, Inc. (3)
Work Trucks (3)
Pacific, Inc. (2)
States Pipe & Foundry (2)
after industry names indicate consecutive years receiving the award)
Sponsors Water/Wastewater Awards at Alameda County Science &
Director Guy Moy Judges Special Category
helped to sponsor Excellence in Water Research Awards at the Alameda
County Science and Engineering Fair, which was held March 9-10 at
the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. To encourage students
to pursue science and engineering in the water, wastewater and recycled
water fields, the District joined nine other Alameda County water/wastewater
agencies to support awards for junior and senior high-school projects
that focused on those subjects.
Director Guy Moy was one of three judges evaluating the projects.
“I was very impressed with the participation
of hundreds of students in the fair,” says Guy. “Our specialized
category focused on 41 water and wastewater environmental projects.
The entries were very creative and original, and the students were
excited to present them to us and answer questions. I was more than
happy to encourage our young future scientists – they were all winners.”
and photos on the Science and Engineering Fair’s webpage
Supervisor Larry Simmers Wins Professional Development Award
Operations Supervisor Larry Simmers recently received the
Al Ditman Professional Development Award from the San Francisco
Bay Section of the California Water Environment Association
(CWEA). The award recognizes an individual who has greatly
contributed to the professional development of Bay Area members
of the statewide organization.
is the S.F. Bay Section’s Math, Operations and Maintenance
seminar chairperson on the Professional Development Committee.
He recognized a need for newer operators to receive journey-level
wastewater treatment process training, and he has successfully
coordinated continuing education seminars to further their
knowledge. “The protection of public health and the sciences
of the biology, chemistry and the physical nature of wastewater
treatment have been very fulfilling to me,” Larry explains.
“I wanted to give back to the industry, and USD’s goals of
continuous improvement have also motivated me to help those
who are newer to the field.”
volunteers at CWEA conferences and seminars, and he has taught
introductory water/wastewater math classes. He worked with
the Bay Area Clean Water Association and the Tri-Valley Regional
Occupation Program to create USD’s Volunteer Operator-in-Training
at USD's Alvarado Treatment Plant in Union City
is a huge advocate for USD’s competency-based approach to
training,” says Dave Livingston, Treatment Plant Manager.
“He is well aware of the shortcomings that result from simply
pairing up a new employee with a seasoned veteran and expecting
a full transfer of knowledge to occur. That approach to training
opens the door to a loss of important details with each generation
of new employees. USD trains to a documented standard that
includes having new employees demonstrate the skills they
have acquired at each stage of training, and Larry is an important
contributor to the development of the plant’s standard operation
procedures and job competency requirements.”
supervises USD’s daytime team of State-Certified Operators.
Plant Operators are responsible for monitoring the processes
that treat wastewater and ensure the District’s compliance
with federal, state and regional environmental regulations.
use information from instruments, laboratory tests and physical
tests to keep track of these processes and determine if adjustments
are needed. They also respond to “after hours” customer trouble
calls and dispatch assistance. Larry
holds a Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification,
the State’s highest level of achievement. He joined USD as
a Plant Operator III in 1999, and became a Supervisor in 2002.
is the California industry association for wastewater professionals,
with about 9,000 members statewide and over 1,600 in the San
Francisco Bay section, which includes Alameda, Contra Costa,
and San Francisco counties, plus a portion of San Mateo County.
Al Ditman was the Superintendent of the Half Moon Bay Treatment
Plant (now known as Sewer Authority Midcoastside) in the 1970’s.
His dedication to teaching and mentoring wastewater operations
and maintenance personnel is recognized in the name of the
Bay Section Award.
Tips For Fats, Oils & Grease Disposal at StopFOG.com!
|USD has a new web page
with information to help you dispose of Fats,
Oils and Grease (FOG) properly, and avoid costly, messy sewer
backups in your homes and neighborhoods. Check out our tips
at StopFOG.com, where you can
learn how to keep a delicious meal from turning into a messy
disaster! See StopFOG.com for
a printable Tip Sheet, or read
Wins Purchasing Award
recently won the National Purchasing Institute’s (NPI) Achievement
of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award recognizes the District’s
Materials Management Team for demonstrating excellence in the principles
and practices of procurement. This is the sixth consecutive year
that USD has received the award. USD is one of only 29 Special Districts
in the United States and one of only 40 government agencies in California
to achieve the award for 2012.
obtained high scores in 19 different performance areas evaluated
by the NPI. The criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism,
e-procurement implementation, productivity, and leadership attributes
of the procurement arm of an organization.
Materials Management Team is dedicated to obtaining goods and services
that provide the best value to USD and our customers,” says Richard
Cortes, Business Services Manager. “They also continue their proactive
involvement in the District’s emergency preparedness efforts, strategic
planning and use of technology to increase efficiency. This award
recognizes the many contributions they make to help the USD fulfill
its mission to protect the Tri-Cities and San Francisco Bay.”
Wins Peak Performance Award
received the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
Gold “Peak Performance Award” for the 2011 calendar year.
The Gold Award recognizes our achievement of 100% compliance with
our regulatory permit requirements for an entire year. These permit
conditions are in place to protect the water quality of San Francisco
been recognized by NACWA for 18 consecutive years since the award
program began in 1993. “The achievement of the Gold Award reflects
our level of commitment to environmental protection, as well as
the hard work of all District employees,” says David Livingston,
Plant Manager. “USD’s enthusiastic and dedicated staff is the reason
for our success.”
Wieckowski Honors USD At Solar Facility Event
Facility Project Engineer Curtis Bosick answers questions
at USD's recent
Open House (left)
Bob Wieckowski addresses guests at USD's Solar Facility (right).
Wieckowski presented USD with a California Assembly Certificate
of Recognition for “moving us toward a clean energy future”
during the event.
District was honored to receive a California Assembly Certificate
of Recognition for its Irvington Pump Station Solar Project. Assemblymember
Bob Wieckowski (20th District) personally presented the certificate
to the District at a recent open house celebrating the completion
of the solar facility. The award congratulates USD for “moving us
towards a clean energy future.” The District’s new solar facility
produces 460 kilowatts of energy and is designed to make the pump
station, which sends much of Fremont’s wastewater toward the District’s
treatment plant in Union City, energy-independent.
to receive this recognition from Mr. Wieckowski for our efforts
to create sources of renewable energy. This is one of many projects
that will help us to reduce our power bills and make the best use
of the public’s assets,” says General Manager Richard Currie.
facility is elevated within the pump station’s 2.9 acre emergency
storage pond. The 1,680 solar panels move east to west with the
sun each day, and are expected to generate about 875,000 kilowatt-hours
annually, which is enough to supply about 80 homes. The solar facility
took a year to construct at a cost of $2.85 million. USD will receive
$650,000 in rebates from PG & E over the next five years, and
is already seeing significant savings in its electric bills.
Alvarado Wastewater Treatment Plant Gives Award-Winning Service
you know that you own Digesters, Aeration Basins and Clarifiers?
Those are just a few of the 53 facilities, buildings and
structures at our Alvarado Treatment Plant in Union City.
Our annual sewer service fees from customers like you
help us to maintain those structures and thousands of
pieces of equipment that are used to treat 26 million
gallons of wastewater at our 33-acre facility every day.
original treatment plant at this location was built in 1962
to handle Union City's wastewater. A regional facility for
Fremont, Newark and Union City was built here and went online
in 1981. It has undergone several upgrades and expansions
as the Tri-Cities have grown. We operate 24/7/365 to protect
public health and the environment for our customers, because
wastewater never stops!
recently received the National Association of Clean Water
Agencies (NACWA) Gold "Peak Performance Award"
for the 2011 calendar year. The Gold Award recognizes the
District's achievement of 100% compliance with its regulatory
permit requirements for an entire year. These permit conditions
are in place to protect the water quality of San Francisco
Bay. We're proud to receive this acknowledgement of our
commitment to environmental protection.
There are many things involved in giving award-winning treatment
to the wastewater we receive! Here are some highlights of
what we use every 24 hours:
kilowatt hours of electricity - about
2,000 times what is used in a typical home. We produce
18% of our electricity ourselves, decreasing our daily
bill from $5,505 to $4,671.
gallons of ferrous chloride
- a purplish-brown liquid
containing lots of iron - to reduce corrosion and
you like to tour the plant? Call (510) 477-7621
to set up an appointment.
Financial Information Is On The Web
view information about USD's finances online! Learn about where
our revenues come from and the types of expenditures we make to
ensure the continuation of our award-winning, reliable service to
our customers. See how our charges stack up against other utility
bills, and compare our rates to other Bay Area agencies and communities.
View The District's Financial Information, click