Continues Repairs to Damaged Sewer Line, Reopens Additional Lane
of Alvarado Boulevard
repairing damage caused by an Oct. 14 sinkhole in Union City this
week were able to complete another element of the project and reopen
an additional lane of traffic.
caused extensive damage to a sewer pipe that runs 20 feet below
Alvarado Boulevard in Union City. A manhole in the area also was
damaged when the sinkhole occurred. The repair project has required
closing some traffic lanes on Alvarado Boulevard between Fair Ranch
Road and New Haven Street.
Union Sanitary District crews completed installing an underground
bypass pipe needed to ensure sewer service is not interrupted during
the repair project. This allowed them to remove temporary, street-level
bypass lines that had occupied one traffic lane of Alvarado Boulevard.
lanes and one westbound lane now are open. One westbound lane of
the boulevard will remain closed until the project is completed.
A repair to
the sewer pipe will begin once USD is able to assess the extent
of the damage and select the best repair method. This assessment
has been hampered by difficult soil conditions and high groundwater
levels in the affected area.
USD crews drilled three 30-foot-deep wells and began pumping groundwater
out of the affected area. Once the project area is stabilized, USD
will assess the damage, select the best method of repairing the
damaged pipe, and complete the repairs. A completion date cannot
be projected until the exact nature of the damage is known.
of the sinkhole is still unknown at this time. Determining an exact
cause may be difficult, as multiple factors could have contributed
to the sinkhole. The affected area includes infrastructure for several
utilities, as well as extensive groundwater and sandy soils. Ensuring
the stability of the area and completing a permanent, effective
repair has been and will remain the focus for USD crews.
“This is going
to be a project that will require patience on the part of everyone
involved,” said USD General Manager Paul Eldredge. “There is a great
deal of work to be done, and we are determined to do it as safely
and quickly as possible.”
press release as a PDF
2016 Rate Notice Mailed to Property Owners
an annual rate notification to all property owners in its service
area this week. The notification is not a bill. USD is notifying
property owners of rates that were adopted on July 13, 2015 for
Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.)
notification contains the following information:
On July 13, 2015, USD’s
Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 31.38, establishing rates to
be charged for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).
Annual Sewer Service Charges are placed on the Alameda County property
tax statement. The charges appear on the tax statement as a single
line item and are listed as “Union Sewer Svc”. Sewer Service charges
are not a property tax and are not related to the assessed value
of a property. They represent a charge for a service provided. USD
includes the annual charges on property tax statements to save the
administrative cost of generating and mailing separate invoices.
The table below depicts last year’s rates and the new rates for
FY 2016. In you have questions, call USD at (510) 477-7500 or email
Residential ($ per Dwelling
Single Family Residences
Multiple Family Residences
Commercial ($ per 1,000
Volume ($ per 1,000 gals)
COD ($/1000 lbs)
Suspended Solids ($/1,000 lbs)
Minimum Charge for non-residential
notification as a PDF.
Continues Work on Union City Sinkhole Repair
Tuesday, November 3: Both eastbound lanes of Alvarado Boulevard
now open to traffic in vicinity of repair work
to damage caused by an October 14 sinkhole in Union City continues
this week, as Union Sanitary District (USD) undertakes a complex
project to assess and repair a damaged sewer pipe.
pipe is 33 inches in diameter and runs 20 feet below Alvarado Boulevard
in Union City. A nearby manhole also was damaged when the sinkhole
the extent of the damage to the sewer pipe has been hampered by
difficult soil and groundwater conditions in the affected area.
The groundwater level is very high and soils are unstable, which
makes it impossible to simply excavate the damaged pipe without
risking additional damage to the street and other utilities. The
presence of groundwater above the damaged sewer pipe also makes
it impossible to assess the damage with a remote camera.
excavation was backfilled immediately following the repair of a
water main about 10 feet above the USD sewer pipe. This was done
for safety reasons, as well as to stabilize the pavement and allow
the reopening of one traffic lane.
Before a complete
assessment can be performed and the best repair option selected,
USD must stabilize the site by pumping the groundwater out of the
area. This will require the drilling of three wells, each about
30 feet deep and two feet in diameter, through which the groundwater
will be pumped.
When the area
is stabilized, USD will assess the damage, select the best method
of repair to the damaged pipe, and complete the repairs. Without
knowing the precise nature of the damage, it is not possible to
project a completion date at this time.
this project, the damaged sewer pipe must be bypassed so that sewer
service is not interrupted. Currently, this is being achieved with
pumps and a bypass line running along Alvarado Boulevard. In the
next week, USD expects to finish the installation of an underground
bypass line and remove the street-level bypass lines. It is hoped
that an additional eastbound lane may reopen as soon as the middle
of next week, after the underground bypass is completed.
the damaged sewer pipe will require the ongoing closure of one westbound
lane of Alvarado Boulevard between Fair Ranch Road and New Haven
Street. This lane will remain closed throughout the entire project.
USD has been able to keep one lane open in each direction,
and is making every effort to minimize the impact on street
traffic and to safely reopen lanes as quickly as possible.
in this project is to protect the safety of motorists and others
in the area while performing a repair that will be permanent and
effective,” said Paul Eldredge, USD general manager. “This work
has been our number one priority, and it will remain our priority
until the repair is complete and the street is fully reopened,”
estimate of a completion date is possible at this time, USD will
continue to provide updates on this project as it progresses.
press release as a PDF
Wednesday, October 21: One Westbound Lane of Alvarado Boulevard
now open to traffic between Fair Ranch Road and Fredi Street
Repairs to a sewer
line damaged by last week's sinkhole in Union City will take longer
than initially projected, although repair crews hope to conduct
the work in a way that minimizes the impact on traffic in the area.
Over the weekend,
crews from Union Sanitary District (USD) were able to do a more
thorough examination of the damage than had been possible when the
sinkhole remained flooded by a broken water main. That examination
revealed that damage to the sewer pipe some 20 feet underground
was more extensive than previously believed. The pipe now appears
to be damaged in two different spots about 20 feet apart. Further,
a manhole at the site of the sinkhole has been extensively damaged
by the shifting ground.
of last week's sinkhole is not known at this time. USD’s focus has
been and continues to be completing repairs as safely and quickly
in the area, as well as a high level of groundwater, have made excavation
more difficult and will complicate the repair options available
to work crews.
have been on site since the sinkhole was first discovered, although
excavation and diagnostic work had to wait until the water main
above the sewer line was repaired.
crews are working as quickly as possible," said Paul Eldredge,
USD general manager, "but it's important that we do this repair
correctly and only have to do it once."
USD is evaluating
several possible methods of repair, and will have to conduct additional
diagnostic work before determining which method to use. No timetable
for completing the repair is possible at this time.
however, should see an improvement to the traffic situation on Alvarado
Boulevard and the surrounding area as early as this week. USD
crews hope to re-open one westbound lane of Alvarado Boulevard as
early as Wednesday, and may be able to reopen an additional eastbound
lane next week.
both westbound lanes of Alvarado Boulevard are closed between
Fair Ranch Road and Fredi Street. One westbound lane of the boulevard
will remain closed throughout the repair project, as USD crews bypass
the damaged pipeline while repairs are made.
press release as a PDF
Sanitary District and Alameda County Water District Collaborate
to Repair Sinkhole in Union City
a sinkhole in Union City will continue through the weekend, as crews
from both the Alameda County Water District and the Union Sanitary
District seek to fix damaged pipes and restore normal service to
customers of both agencies.
and USD have crews in place around the clock and hope to complete
repair work by Tuesday, Oct. 20. Until then, westbound lanes on
Alvarado Boulevard will remain closed between Fair Ranch Road and
was reported on Wednesday afternoon, and crews from both agencies
have been on site since then. As the work progresses and the extent
of damage is more clearly understood, it is possible that the timeline
may be adjusted.
of the sinkhole is undetermined at this time. The focus of both
utilities remains on completing repairs as quickly as possible and
on reopening the roadway to traffic. ACWD was able to bypass the
line early Thursday and restore water service to all 20 customers
that were impacted. Permanent repairs have been completed and water
quality sampling analysis is being conducted. Sewer service continues
the site, ACWD crews determined that the water line had more extensive
damage than previously believed. The additional damage has required
further excavation and more time-consuming repair.
appeared to be 40 feet of damage now is about 53 feet,” said Marty
Koller, ACWD Board President. “That additional damage changed the
equation for removal and repair pretty significantly. Fortunately,
our crews were able to restore service to affected customers very
quickly, and now a more permanent repair can be made.”
USD is working
to set up a bypass that will allow use of a remote camera to assess
damage. Excavation is expected to begin Saturday in order to reach
USD’s main, which is 33 inches in diameter and 20 feet below street
level. USD’s main is located below ACWD’s facilities in the affected
area, and repairs to the water main had to be completed before USD
could conduct its repair work.
lanes on Alvarado Boulevard between Fredi Street and Fair Ranch
Road remain closed. One eastbound lane of Alvarado Boulevard is
closed to traffic today until approximately 10 p.m. and on Saturday
beginning at 7 a.m., when it is to remain closed until the repair
is complete. This closure is necessary for USD to install a bypass
line, as sewage cannot flow through the pipeline while repairs are
made. After considering multiple options, this closure pattern was
selected as the best method to expedite the repair and maintain
the fire station’s ability to respond to emergencies.
the collaboration between all agencies as all of us work to complete
repairs and open the roadway to the public,” said Jennifer Toy,
USD Board President. “We all have the same priority – to get things
back to normal for our customers as quickly and safely as possible.”
press release as a PDF.
Sanitary District Wins Innovative Program Award
has received a statewide recognition for its “Leadership School”
in-house training program. The California Special Districts Association
(CSDA) recently presented USD with its Innovative Program of the
Year Award in recognition of the District’s efforts to educate staff
members about the demands of management and other critical roles,
while providing training and mentoring to support them in promoting
to those positions. Assemblymember Kansen Chu, whose 25 th District
contains a portion of USD’s service area, congratulated USD representatives
at the awards ceremony.
many organizations, the District is continually faced with the retirements
of seasoned staff – both management and non-management employees,”
says Laurie Brenner, Organizational Performance Program Manager.
“These employees fulfill roles that are critical to our protection
of public health and San Francisco Bay. USD’s Leadership School
was conceived as an opportunity to develop internal candidates who
could not only fill these positions, but like their predecessors,
become strong industry leaders.”
Manager Paul Eldredge notes that “Leadership School has resulted
in promotions from within that provide significant savings in training
time and maintain our high productivity levels. This helps us to
continue providing customers reliable, cost effective service.”
Sanitary District Workers Recover Flushed Wedding Ring
Collection Services workers have had a banner year in the
jewelry rescue department. For the second time in nine months,
they have recovered a treasured ring thought to be lost forever
in a sewer line.
Kathy Darling of Fremont watched helplessly as her wedding
ring swirled down her toilet and out of sight. Taking a break
from housecleaning, she had removed her ring and set it on
top of a tissue box for safekeeping, but forgot about it long
enough to use tissues, flush them, and realize that the ring
was traveling with them.
a plumber televised Kathy’s lateral with no luck, Kathy called
USD Collection Services Supervisor Rich Czapkay, who dispatched
Collection System Workers Rob Shenk and Steve Bullis to inspect
USD’s sewer main in her street. Neighbors gathered to watch
as Rob and Steve flushed the line and examined the debris
that washed back. “They were both very determined to find
that ring. It was a miracle when they came to my front door
and Rob took the ring from his pocket,” wrote Kathy in a thank-you
letter to the District. “I couldn’t stop hugging them.”
she was going to faint when I showed her the ring,” said Rob.
“I wondered if I was going to have to open her screen door
and catch her.” Kathy and her husband Bob offered the workers
a reward, which they declined. “Just seeing the looks on their
faces was reward enough,” said Rob.
and Bob arrived at a Collection Services 7:00 a.m. crew meeting
with home-baked cookies and cakes for the entire work group.
Kathy topped a cake with a fake diamond ring, and read her
thank you letter aloud to everyone’s applause. “I never, ever
thought they would find the ring,” said Kathy. “They brought
a perfect conclusion to a traumatic situation.”
and Kathy Darling with USD's Rob Shenk and Rich Czapkay
of Public Hearing - Fiscal Year 2016 Sewer Service Charges
IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Sections 5471 and 5473, et seq.
of the Health and Safety Code of the State of California and Union
Sanitary District Ordinance No. 31, the Board of Directors of Union
Sanitary District will consider adoption of Ordinance No. 31.38
which establishes Sewer Service Charges for the Fiscal Year ending
June 30, 2016. The District has elected to collect its charges for
sewer services on the tax roll, in the same manner as general taxes.
has filed a written report with the Secretary of the Board of Directors
describing each parcel of real property subject to the charges and
amount of the charges against that parcel for fiscal year 2016.
The report is on file and available for inspection at the District's
offices at 5072 Benson Road, Union City, California.
IS FURTHER GIVEN that on Monday, the 13th day of July 2015, at the
hour of 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard,
at the Union Sanitary District Boardroom, 5072 Benson Road, Union
City, California, in said District, the Board will hold a hearing
on the collection of sewer service charges on the property tax roll.
At the hearing, the Board of Directors will hear and consider all
objections or protests, if any, to the District's report. Any questions
regarding the charges may be directed to the Business Services Manager
at (510) 477-7500.
dates: June 30, 2015
July 7, 2015
of the Board of Directors of Union Sanitary District
to notice with Board signature
more about USD's rates, see the sewer
service charges page on this website.
Awards Certificates of Merit to Tri-City Industries
32 Tri-City Industries that achieved 100% compliance with water
quality requirements in the 2014 calendar year. The District annually
awards Certificates of Merit to those permitted industries within
its service area that maintain 100% compliance with all wastewater
discharge requirements. In addition, these industries consistently
comply with and implement pollution prevention measures, maintain
a cooperative working relationship with the District, and demonstrate
continuing awareness and understanding of environmental issues and
requirements. Several of the recipients received this honor for
consecutive years of continued compliance.
is responsible for permitting, inspecting and monitoring certain
industries that discharge to its sewer system to ensure compliance
with Federal, State and Local environmental regulations. This is
done not only to protect the treatment plant from toxic discharges,
but also to protect the water quality of San Francisco Bay.
Certificate of Merit honorees:
(number in parentheses
notes consecutive years receiving award)
|Amphenol Thermometrics, Inc.
||Intematix Corporation (3)
||Quality Transport, Inc. (5)
|Analog Semiconductors (21)
||Intevac, Inc. (6)
||Quantum Clean #2 (8)
|Applied Thin-Film Products (9)
||Kaiser Permanente Hospital - Fremont (2)
||Seagate Technology LLC #3 (3)
|Bay Area Circuits, Inc.
||Lam Research CA/3 (4)
||Soraa, Inc. (3)
|Clean Sciences, Inc.
||Lam Research CA/30 (6)
||Tri-Cities Recycling & Disposal Facility
|Clean Sciences Technology
||Microwave Technology, Inc. (4)
||Washington Hospital Healthcare (2)
|Compugraphics USA, Inc.
||Neophotonics Corporation (9)
||Western Digital - Fremont #1 (2)
|Enablence USA Comnponents, Inc. (5)
||Nitinol Devices & Components, Inc. (3)
|Finisar Corporation (12)
||Pantronix Corporation (10)
|Britech Electropolishing, Inc.
|| Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. (5)
|Electrochem Solutions, Inc. (2)
||Star Pacific, Inc. (4)
|Royal Truck Body (5)
||United States Pipe & Foundry Company
You For Visiting USD's Open House!
hosting over 1,100 visitors on Saturday, May 9, 2015. It was great
to share a bit about the work we do for you, and show you the equipment
and processes we use to protect public health and the environment
24/7/365. Customers toured our plant and Greeen-Energy projects,
and experienced interactive demonstrations of the specialized vehicles
and equipment used to maintain the plant, seven pump stations and
over 800 miles of sewer lines in the Tri-Cities.
enjoyed all of the wonderful kids who participated in our activities.
Our engineers, chemists, plant operators, mechanics, electricians,
business services personnel, and more came up with fun ways for
kids to learn about our work. We heard from many happy parents about
our great educational displays and games, and we very much enjoyed
seeing so many smiling faces. Thanks for taking the time to visit
our facility and talk to our staff. It was our pleasure to get to
Latest Newsletter Is In The Mail
will be in Tri-City mailboxes this week. Learn about our May 9,
2015 Open House, our exciting new cogeneration facility that makes
use of renewable energy, tips to help you care for the environment
and your sewer laterals, and USD's budget information. A pdf copy
is linked below if you'd like to share a copy with your friends:
Sanitary District Spring 2015 Newsletter
have any questions about the newsletter or need more information,
call USD at (510) 477-7500.
Employees Recover Family Heirloom Flushed Into Sewer
grateful Union City family got an early Thanksgiving gift
when Collection Services Workers Johnny Powell and Victor
Vasut recovered a priceless family heirloom that had been
flushed down a toilet six weeks earlier.
Mehvish Tapal couldn't find the ring that had been in her
husband's family for 60 years, she asked her three year old
son if he had seen it. "Mama, I flushed it down the toilet,"
the boy replied. "It's gone. It's really, really gone!"
The frantic family called a plumber to televise their lateral
without success. Mehvish then called USD for help.
crews stopped into Mehvish's neighborhood after completing
their regular work assignments on three different days, as
they traveled back to USD's Union City plant in their service
vehicles. They were about to give up when it appeared on November
rare to find something like this. It's like a needle in a
haystack," says Collections Supervisor Shawn Nesgis.
The ring traveled a third of a mile from the Tapal home, down
streets and around corners as it tumbled toward a larger line,
where recovery would have been impossible.
happy family called the media to express their appreciation
after picking up the ring at USD's offices in Union City.
To see the KTVU news story, follow
Powell (left) and Victor Vasut show off the ring they rescued.
Safe Medicine Disposal Information is in ACWD's Fall Newsletter
The Alameda County
Water District (ACWD) recently sent its Fall Newsletter to all residences
and businesses in the Tri-Cities. The newsletter includes information
about USD's FREE Safe Medicine Disposal locations.
USD partners with Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Hallers
Pharmacies to provide dropoff sites for safe disposal of expired
and unwanted medications. Read about our program and Tri-City dropoff
locations on Page 2 of ACWD's
Aqueduct newsletter, and on
our website. If you have any questions about safe medicine disposal,
call USD at 510/477-7639.
Wins Peak Performance Platinum Award
Sanitary District (USD) has received the “Peak Performance
Platinum Award” from the National Association of Clean Water
Agencies (NACWA.) The Platinum Award recognizes the District’s
achievement of 100% compliance with its regulatory permit
requirements for five consecutive years, 2008 through 2013.
These permit conditions are in place to protect the water
quality of San Francisco Bay.
has been recognized by NACWA for 21 continuous years since
the award program began in 1993. “The Platinum Award is
an honor that reflects our ongoing commitment to protect
public health and the environment,” says David Livingston,
Plant Manager. “The combined efforts of all District employees,
particularly our plant operators, mechanics, electricians,
laboratory staff, engineers and environmental compliance
staff, made this achievement possible.”
General Manager Paul Eldredge notes that “USD’s
highly trained, dedicated staff is the reason for our success.
They keep the facilities running smoothly, and they work hard
to prevent harmful materials from being discharged to the
sewer by businesses and industries in our service area.”
Welcomes New General Manager
is pleased to announce that Paul Eldredge
has joined the District as its General Manager. Paul was chosen
to replace Richard Currie, who has served as USD’s General
Manager since 2003 and will retire in September after a 23-year
career at the District.
comes to USD from the City of Brentwood, where he served as
City Manager for three years. Prior to that, he held the positions
of Assistant City Manager, Assistant Public Works Director,
Assistant City Engineer, and Associate and Senior Engineer.
In total, his career at the City spanned 17 years.
have always been partial to wastewater management and engineering,”
says Paul. “USD has a world-class workforce that is dedicated
to protecting public health and San Francisco Bay, and I look
forward to leading an organization that is known as one of
the best-managed Districts in the United States.”
holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Colorado
State University. He is a graduate of California State University
Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and
is a Registered Civil Engineer in California and Hawaii. He
has lived in the Bay Area since 1997.
involvement in the development of Brentwood’s infrastructure,
including a tertiary treatment facility and several pump stations,
and his experience as a City Manager with strategic planning,
budget preparation and labor negotiations make him a great
fit for USD,” says Richard Currie. “Paul is a hard worker
and has a positive attitude. He shares many of our organization’s
values, including providing great service to our customers,
enhancing the environment, and ensuring that our ratepayers’
dollars are spent wisely.”
Redesigning Our Website
is in the process of redesigning our website to better serve our
customers. In order to know more about what you would like to see
on the website and how you would like to interact with us, we held
focus groups over a period of several months. These groups provided
many great ideas that we plan to incorporate into an easy-to-navigate,
visually appealing format.
USD has many
types of customers. We work with residential, commercial and industrial
customers from the Tri-Cities. We provide educational presentations
to elementary and high schools in our service area, and sponsor
pollution prevention programs such as safe medicine disposal locations.
We inform residents and businesses about proper disposal of Fats,
Oil and Grease (FOG) to maintain healthy sewers, and promote less-toxic
gardening to safeguard our creeks and Bay. All of our programs help
us to fulfill our mission of protecting public health and the environment.
We look forward to organizing information so that each customer
can easily find what is most important to them.
has released a Request for Proposals to website design firms. A
project of this size and complexity requires that we take time to
answer questions from potential vendors to ensure that they understand
what we are looking for and can deliver at a fair price. We will
then evaluate proposals and thoroughly check references before awarding
the contract. We anticipate completing the selection process by
November of 2014. Once the project is underway, it will take four
to six months to design and test the new site before it “goes live”
in the Spring of 2015.
to plan a website that provides you with opportunities to more easily
communicate and work with us, and that will help you to know more
about the great work we do for the Tri-Cities!
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.
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.
Tips For Fats, Oils & Grease Disposal at StopFOG.com!
|USD has a 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.”
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.
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) 477-7500
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.
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