Ron Fussell our operations manager has presented this report of the operations and project updates for March 2014.
The crew responded to 8 service calls in March, two were markings and the rest were turn offs, turn on calls, inspect customer shut off valves and meter re-reads. The tank and well sites have been cleaned up for the annual June inspection. Juan has been working on painting and replacing some of the street signs as well as flushing several dead end lines. Wayne finished with his project transferring all the meter reads onto an Excel spreadsheet that will automatically calculate overages. Also, the staff was able to do a water loss analysis report that shows that AVMSC has a water loss factor of 8%, which is, much less than the national average which is 20%. This will work well with our AMR system. So our system is well maintained with a minimum of leaks and that will even improve further once we have the full AMR program complete with faster and more accurate monitoring. The water loss factor is a product of leaks, water theft and inaccurate meter reads. The older the water meters get the less accurate they become. The staff recently read Arrowhead Villas Road and the AMR indicated a leak at a residence. The leak was a toilet flapper and was leaking at approximately 3 gallons per hour. The customer was notified and fixed the problem. There were 3 water share reactivations this month.
During the month of March, we purchased 698,600 gallons of water from CLAWA and during the month of February, we purchased 648,400 gallons. During March, we produced 1,091,100 gallons of water and in February, we produced 1,066,728 gallons.
Superior Tank in conjunction with TSCI (Dennis Lapore) was awarded the contract to replace our 24,000 gallon holding tank in the AVMSC yard. Superior Tank has submitted drawings and plans to AVMSC and Ron took them to the County Building and Safety for approval. The planning department stated that the plans should be approved in 4 – 6 weeks. They also requested a more detailed plot plan and diagram, which we are currently working on and expect to provide Building and Safety with this within the week.
Bacon/Wagner was given the fire hydrant replacement contract last year and AVMSC has committed to purchasing 10 fire hydrants per year until the total 52 hydrants in the Villas have been replaced. Seven hydrants have been identified for replacement and Bacon/Wagner has replaced 4 hydrants on Mill Court, Virginia Court, East Victoria Court and Larchmont. All hydrants are operational however, some are leaking or are hard to open and we expect Bacon/Wagner to continue the hydrant replacements throughout the Summer and Fall.
On our Automated Meter Reading project 50 new AMR meters were ordered in March and were expected to ship the week of April 7th, however the order was delayed by the manufacturer and the new ship date is April 22nd. We plan to order another 50 by the 1st of May with the expectation that they will arrive before June 1, 2014.
Well #7 was pumped and tested by Clinical Lab. The maximum contaminate level (MCL) was high on Iron and Gross Alpha Uranium, which was very disappointing. Our next step is for Ron to evaluate methods for treating the water from Well #7 and determine which option will be most cost effective so that we can safely add this well to our production. We will need to weigh the costs and benefits of the options for rehabilitating this Well.
Ron has ordered one of the three water monitoring stations and this will be shipped on April 25th. Ron wants to evaluate how difficult they are to install, how secure they are and how efficient these stations are before we order the remaining 2 monitoring stations to determine if any changes need to be made.
Ron Fussell has identified 10 tree stumps for Edison to remove, however these have Verizon or Charter Cable guide wires or cable wires attached to them and some have property owner lights, signs or handrails attached. Ron will contact Verizon and Charter to have them remove their wires and Shelbie will send out letters to property owners to remove their private lights, signs and handrails so that Edison can return to remove the tree stumps before they fall and damage private property or our roads.
Aspen Construction will be doing the paving repairs in the Villas this year and will be offering shareholders a cost savings for any pavement work they would like done at the shareholders expense in coordination with our road repairs. Work will be scheduled from May through the end of August and any shareholder interested will need to contact the office and the contractor before July 15th. Office #337-4259, Aspen Construction
Reminder: Annual Shareholders Meeting and Election will be on Saturday May 17, 2014 9AM – noon. Send in your ballots ASAP.
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