Winds are howling and the rain has not yet subsided. We’ve adjusted our clocks and spring is just around the corner. Trees are budding and early-season flowers have begun to bloom. Changes are certainly in the air!

Folks at SVCW have been living with change for 13 years, having taken on a large Capital Improvement Program in 2008. We’ve been living with construction and changing facilities for a long time and have had to be light on our feet as we operate and maintain our treatment facilities 24/7. A majority of our facilities are now rehabilitated and/or replaced, and we begin to look towards transitioning from construction, through startup, and into operational optimization. This transition takes significant planning and strategizing to ensure it occurs effectively and efficiently. I am proud to say our staff is taking it all in stride and are continuing the excellent work that defines who we are.

On March 3, the American Society of Civil Engineers published their every-four-years “infrastructure report card” for the nation. I invite you to read the article in this newsletter to learn more about this most important topic. The fact that SVCW took on the task of improving its wastewater conveyance and treatment infrastructure back in 2008 is a testament to the nature of this agency always thinking forward. Once again, we’re ahead of the curve and lead the way to ensure wastewater sustainability for generations to come.

I always want to mention SAFETY in my monthly messages and this month is no exception. Our staff went 773 days without a safety incident! Bragging rights are surely deserved. That said, our record has ended. We had an incident in early March which set us back to Day 0. (As of this writing, we’re up to 12 days!) Most importantly, the employee is fine and working at full capacity. As with any setback, there is an opportunity to learn and be better; this incident is no exception. We are completing a full and robust root cause analysis investigation, and are implementing procedures, engineered solutions, and practices to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Thanks for reading and I hope you all remain safe, healthy, and happy.