Streamline - Fall 2015 - (Page 19)

stock...or...search BY LUCIAN LINEBERRY, CIRCUIT RIDER #1 everY uTiLiTY aT some point in time is presented with a situation which puts them in an acute repair mode. Using a water and/or waste water facility as an example, this particular incident may put the utility in complete shutdown, preventing it from servicing the public; no water distribution, no wastewater collection. CONSIDER EMERGENCY. In some instances, depending on what caused the shutdown, help may be obtained temporarily from other sources. If needed, generators, pumps, etc., can usually be obtained and set up within a short time span to retain operation. Some facilities are connected to neighboring utilities that can accommodate them somewhat until sufficient repairs are made. Of course, each individual incident presents its own crisis of responsibility for serving and protecting the public. Upon initial evaluation of probable cause of the incident, plans and scheduling for repairs are made to justify operations. Again, situation related, what might be needed for repairs? Various parts may include such items as; chemical pumps, cut-off valves, meters, check valves, SCADA instrumentation, line sections, line connections and repair parts, gaskets, diaphragms, packing, electrical units, etc. The list, considering the number of different systems and their individual characteristics, is potentially endless. Repair parts may also depend on the facility age and level of operation. Back to the shutdown. Evaluation of damage completed, needed parts known, and repairs scheduled, a time for post start-up is targeted. Assuming in this pretentious scenario that no neighboring utility connections are available for direct aid, operations for the health and safety of the public is the utility's sole responsibility. With probable labor and mechanical/equipment help from other utilities, and engineering/ consultant advice, the repair process is implemented. Parts needed - do you have them? Do aiding utilities have them?? Can they be obtained readily from distributors??? It is EMERGENCY time. As stated before, age of facility and individual operations can drastically control availability of parts. Obtaining Bottom line...initial up-front stocking cost, in any program available, should result in quicker, less stressful repairs, and build a substantial savings for the facilities budget. parts from distributors can depend on previous and/or planned communication concerning such; I.E., weekends, holidays, shipping locations and times (consider foreign), number needed for potential facility emergency, number stocked by distributors, etc. Last, but most important, names and numbers of sales representatives, stock personnel, technicians, etc., who will be available 24/7 are needed. Stock...or...search? Realistically, most facilities have been in a situation where a repair was delayed (sometimes shutdown) due to unavailable parts. Article title in question; should we "stock" materials or be caught in an EMERGENCY "search" for availability while jeopardizing public health and safety? Realizing that stocking is a major issue at most facilities, advantages and disadvantages can be weighed www.vrwa.org 19 http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2015

From the President: What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?
From the Executive Director: The Value of Membership
VRWA’s 2015 Expo Wrap Up
Membership is Free, but its Value to your Utility may be Priceless!!
Stock…or…Search
How to Prepare for a Lab Audit
Tomorrow’s Leaders: Attracting Young Professionals
Amherst Source Water Protection
USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Comparative Advantage
Keeping Workers Safe During Night-Time Repairs
Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers
When Consolidation Makes cents
NRWA Recap
VRWA Offers New Member Benefits
Throwing My Loop: Another View
Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do you know what your VRWA Benefits are?
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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