This week’s blog is by Laurie Loftin, Program Specialist with Water Conservation Office
Imagine yourself wanting to collect and treat up to 28 million gallons of wastewater a day. What would you need to do this? Obviously you need some pipes to get the dirty water from point A to B. Maybe you would want some type of strainer like you use to separate the water from the spaghetti. Perhaps a clothespin to place on your nose. Why are you wanting to do this again?
Treating wastewater is a complex process that requires many moving parts. The system is in action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so it demands continuous maintenance and repair work. When something stops working as it should, quick repair is critical – especially in the event of a sewage spill, which can contaminate the environment and impact the health of our citizens. It is important we have all the necessary parts on hand to quickly make repairs and keep our wastewater system running smoothly. In Athens, GA it is the responsibility of our inventory control technicians, Kevin and Bruce, to ensure that all necessary parts are available at a moments notice.
Kevin is responsible for the many components needed for sewer lines. Bruce focuses his efforts on equipment and supplies used in our water reclamation facilities. They inspect all incoming shipments for correct contents and price before moving the items into the warehouse by forklift. They keep the warehouse carefully organized, allowing for accurate tracking of stock locations and levels. When something is needed for heavy equipment repair or the water reclamation plants and pump stations, Kevin and Bruce quickly and efficiently disperse the parts.
Maintaining an essential supply of equipment and parts can be expensive. Kevin and Bruce work every day to locate the best prices to help keep costs low and wastewater treatment affordable for all of us who depend on wastewater services. Providing cost-conscious, dependable inventory control that is essential for reliable wastewater services and safeguarding our public health is what our inventory technicians do everyday.
Kevin and Bruce, if you ever need any help finding inexpensive colanders or clothespins for treating up to 28 million gallons of wastewater, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Until then, know that you two are unsung heroes to the people in Athens-Clarke County.