April Water News

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Editor’s Note: As I was posting this, I learned that Ken Dunford, SFID Director, Division 1, has resigned effective today. If you live in Division 1, click for map, please consider running for the SFID board.

Below from the desk of Marlene King, SFID Director, Div. 3

SFID Operations

SFID Management put in place mission critical protocols to support water deliveries that meet customer demand. Customer service, while currently not face-to-face at District offices, continues via phone or email. There may be delays as requests are transferred to staff working at home. The Badger water treatment plant has reduced the number of on-site staff. SFID has a deep bench of certified staff able to operate the plant in the event Covid-19 requires some staff to self-quarantine. The Distribution System division has reduced the number of staff who report to District offices, with remaining staffers on-call from their homes.

With our continuing rainfall, SFID is treating a high percentage of local rainfall from Lake Hodges. SFID has the ability to quickly switch from providing you with raw Lake Hodges/MET water that is then treated at our Badger treatment plant, to providing you with MET treated water from Skinner in the event we need to shut down the Badger plant. SFID staff normally keeps a 30 day supply of required treatment chemicals; staff is now keeping a 45 day supply of chemicals.

Installation of AMI meters, Phase Five, is currently suspended, until further notice

AMI Sensus Portal

If you’ve already had an AMI Meter installed – have you signed up for the Sensus Portal that allows you to send yourself a notice if your water usage indicates you may have a leak? If you’re hunkered down and in search of a useful project, take a spin through the AMI Sensus Portal to run numbers on your household’s daily usage. As most of you have probably turned off your outside irrigation controller due to our continued rainfall, you currently have access to interesting data on your indoor usage. Feel free to email me or give me a call if you have trouble getting the knack of making the Sensus Portal work for you! Remember – there is no fee to use the portal – or to contact me, for that matter.   (858) 759-1306 or marleneliza@cox.net

“Flushable”

State Water Resources Control Board News Advisory: Do NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels down Toilet – Throw Them Away

Having served on the Fairbanks Ranch Community Services District Board of Directors for a decade, I know how your community’s wastewater system can be negatively impacted by items going down the toilets that do not break down like toilet paper.  “Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer system and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems.” “Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment throughout the state.”