Distribution System Upgrade

45 year old system has reached the end of its life cycle

Nov 28, 2018 100 Views FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The plan to rebuild and upgrade existing water infrastructure is still in the initial phases of development as of 12/6/18. This process has been very slow due to the amount of "paper shuffling" involved. As the planning process becomes finalized, more specific details will be shared on the website. In the meantime, refer to this link /Portals/russell3/documents/minutes/2017%20annual%20meeting_initial%20project%20planning.pdf to understand the historical and current issues of the district, general scope of the project and timelines that were presented during the annual March 2018 meeting held at the Fossil Creek Inn Convention room Russell, KS. 

During the summer of 2018, another issue that was brought forward for discussion and consideration was including the town of Susank and Odin into the project plans. The "PER" addresses this addition. Susank currently purchases water from RWD #3 at a wholesale price but the water distribution system in Susank is old and costly to maintain for Susank due to cast iron main lines that were installed in the 1950s. 

The residents of Odin rely on private water wells. During the summer of 2018, initial discussions and residential survey feedback determined that the residents of Odin were interested in being supplied with a PWS vs relying on private water wells.

The general scope of the project includes the following:
1: Replace all PVC pipe ranging from 3inch to 6 inch
2: Dismantle all current standpipes and construct 1 new standpipe and 1 new helio-spherical water tower. This will increase the water holding capacity of the RWD and mitigate current high demand issues that we face during the summer months. The current standpipes are costly to maintain and upgrade to OSHA and environmental standards. The standpipes are also prone to freeze/freeze damage in the winter months.
3: Integrate the latest technology in smart meters utlizing AMI technologies to read water meters using existing cellular networks and ultrasonic meters to meter customer water use. Customers will be billed for water and the customer will no longer be required to read meters.
4. Consolidate two booster stations into one booster station with the addition of another pump and backup power generation.
5: Address areas that have low volume complaints. Pipe upsize for those areas.
6: Address areas of high pressure. Installation of pressure reducing valves.
7: Incorporate targeted zone meters to facilitate leak detection. This is currently being utilized in specific areas of our RWD and it works well.
8: Addition of Odin and Susank to the RWD along with a few additional customers within the boundaries of the current RWD.

Stay tuned to this page for updates on the project. 
As of 1/2/19...........Tentative timeline for "knowing something new" as I like to call it should occur by March 2019. We are still in "paper shuffle mode".........currently waiting on the results from an Environmental Review (ER). Once the ER is complete, then the ER along with the PER (Preliminary Engineering Report) will be submitted to USDA Rural Development. 

Managers Corner

Thoughts from Ron Nuss the manager

Nov 19, 2018 76 Views FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

RWD #3 will utilize this website to keep our customers informed of the RWD #3 activities. There is a specific purpose and place for radio announcements such as boil orders and individual letters addressed to each customer but the cost of  mailing does not justify the expense when we can utilize our own personal webpage to put out general customer information. 

Keep your account information current. That means, current mailing address, email address, home phone and cell phone numbers. 

Save this website as one of your favorites and visit it frequently. Cruise the website, click on each link and get familiar with the content on this webpage. 

If you are a twitter user please follow us @russellrwd3 

Distribution Operator Corner

Rants from the operator :)

Nov 19, 2018 75 Views FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Winter has arrived early...meters and the setter will freeze in the meter pit if lids are not installed correctly and/or foam pads not installed correctly. Please ensure meter pit lids are installed correctly and foam pads are inserted correctly. If you need a foam pad let us know and we will install the foam pad or stop by the office and pick one up.

To the farmers and ranchers with meter pits. The valve on the meter setter is designed specifically to be fully "ON" or fully "CLOSED", not "PARTIALLY" open. Numerous times during the year I find valves on pasture meters where the valve is partially open. That water flow is doing nothing but "washing out" the valve. When the time comes for you to close the valve, it will leak, and you the customer are going to pay for that leak regardless of the position of that valve. Wear and tear of that valve was induced by you the customer. Bottom line is this. Open the valve completly, do not pinch/squeeze the valve down. If you are doing that to reduce flow due to a tank waterer then purchase a "Globe valve" which is designed specifically to reduce/throttle back water volume. 

Fix your leaks. I understand the debate....."why should I fix my leak if I am paying for it."  That is a poor water conservation practice and poor money management. Our water is not infinite. It is finite. Remember, the "paid for leak" is just one out of many customers in the district. We have a customer that is leaking 85,000 gallons per year which is a 0.16gpm leak which is viewed as a "small leak" by the customer but at the end of the year it is huge loss in water for us as a district and a chunk of money for the customer. Due to allocations, that water could be utilized for a brand new customer vs. going in the ground and flowing into the creek. Something to ponder when debating whether or not to fix a leak.

Here is a great website with tutorials and videos for leak detection http://www.smarthomewaterguide.org/

Also, a newsletter that covers this topic /News How to find and fix leaks that are draining your budget.