Streamline - Fall 2012 - (Page 17)

BY FRANK NADEAU, WASTEWATER TECHNICIAN I your part does not constitute an emergency on our part” THAT QUOTE IS from a sign in a printing office I was in last week. It brought back a lot of very negative memories from my years in the Navy where “there was never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it twice.” We would frequently be told that a job done in a rush because of time constraints had to be done again and right this time. “Poor planning on In case you haven’t guessed, this article is about planning, scheduling and allowing sufficient time and assets to accomplish a first rate job the first time through. I know there are “quick fixes” and “jury-rigged” jobs because either time or material was not available to “do it right.” But a lot of those could have been performed properly if some pre-planning had been done. An example of that: When I was the town superintendent of a small town, we frequently had to drive twelve miles roundtrip to get a bolt or nut or some other small part to effect a repair on a piece of equipment. I exceeded the spending limitation and purchased a bolt and nut kit that was serviced monthly so we never had to do that again. For that I was reprimanded, but in a later evaluation, commended for the increase in productivity our crew accomplished. In light of the present economic situation, many of the dollars we have come to depend upon are not going to be available. What are we going to do? This is where long-term planning comes In light of the present economic situation, many of the dollars we have come to depend upon are not going to be available. This is where long-term planning comes into play. into play. The lab people know how many beakers get broken each year. Does buying at a case-lot price beat buying them singly? Maintenance guys, how many belts do your rotors break each year, and is there a discount to purchase by the dozen? For the town managers, service authority directors and public works heads, how many different manufacturers’ fire hydrants are you keeping repair kits for? Could we hold a few frequently used spare parts so that when that widget breaks, we have the part in hand instead of having the widget down for days or having to go to the next town (or somewhere else) to get the replacement? It’s always better to perform preventive maintenance than corrective maintenance. For one thing, I preferred to work on things during normal working hours rather than at three o’clock in the morning when I should be cuddled up to my significant other. And whenever something does break at three o’clock in the morning, why does it always have to be just 32 degrees with twenty knots of wind blowing freezing rain in my face? Planned preventive maintenance could have found that problem and allowed you to make repairs when you wanted. As we go through our days, look at what we do and think of how it could be done better, timelier, more efficiently or more professionally. If your productivity goes up, your expenditure of time and money goes down and there may possibly be money in the budget for a raise. 17

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?
EXPO Coverage
Ergs, Joules & Such
Understanding your Job as a Board or Council Member?
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board Of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Fall 2012