Streamline - Fall 2012 - (Page 10)
A Day (or Two) in
FIELD WORK FOR
BY NANCY CARR, SOURCE WATER PROTECTION SPECIALIST
VRWA staff varies from day-to-day, depending on the needs of the systems. Two requests that keep appearing on water circuit rider Kenny Reynolds’ schedule, however, are leak detection and line location.
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Kenny programs the correlator for the type of pipe, pipe size and distance between the out stations. While setting up, Kenny discussed other matters with the crew. As chairman of the VRWA Emergency Response Committee, he explained the WARN program, NIMS and incident command. He reminded them of future training, and that compliance in NIMS and ICS will be required to receive future emergency planning grant money.
These photos depict parts of two days spent by Kenny in the Shenandoah Valley.
Starting in the Town of Shenandoah at 8:30 a.m., Kenny, center, conferred with Town Manager Larry Dovel and Operator Andy Jenkins. Before heading to the site where they believed the leak existed, Kenny counseled Andy on his upcoming exam and promised to check with him the following week.
Assistant Town Manager Juanita Roudabush learns how the equipment works and helps Larry track the project.
Kenny “educates” while he works. Public Works’ Randy Williams and Darrell Walters, Assistant Foreman, listen to an explanation of the leak detection process.
Kenny kept up a repartee with the curious neighbors as he set up the out stations for the correlator. They must be within sight of each other.
Everyone listens to the mic, emitting sounds of running water at three different points between the out stations. Kenny takes readings in both directions from the sound at the meter. If the gauge reads a velocity of sound outside the spectrum for the specified pipe and distance, then it indicates a leak and how many feet from the sound reading it is. A dog barking causes the needle to jump, so do a lawnmower and a fountain. Kenny works alone to “micro-listen” and pinpoints the leak. The precise location of a leak prevents unnecessary digging and saves the town effort and money.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2012
From the President
From the Executive Director
A Day ( or Two) in the Life of a Circuit Rider
The Necessary Evolution of Water and Wasterwater Utilities
Craig-New Castle PSA: One Small System's Giant Leap into the Future
Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on our part
Extra Highlights from 2012 VRWA Conference
Virginia Department of Transportation Work Zone Traffic Control Update
FOG (Fat, Oil and Grease): Sewer Public Enemy No.1
The Inspector Found What?
Ergs, Joules & Such
Understanding your Job as a Board or Council Member?
Throwing My Loop
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
Welcoming New Members
Board Of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Fall 2012