April 29, 2013 Summary

Livingston Water Storage Tank


Utility Rates Stakeholders Committee Mtg Monday, April 29, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

City Hall Conference Room

Information and Discussion

1. Solid Waste Services Update

  • The Contract with Gilton has been finalized

  • The order is in for the 2nd can is in. Cans to be delivered by June: therefore there will be no charge for the 2nd can in May.

  • The charge for May will only be for the actual Cost of Service: $15.15 (w/0 City Overhead.

  • New Rates for both cans to take affect in June: $23.79 and will be reflected in July’s billing.

  • New cans will be out prior to June 1st.

  • There will probably be a brochure attached to each can about what can/can’t go into the 2nd can.

  • Something will also be placed along with the Utility Bills explaining what is to be placed in the 2nd can.

2. Well # 8 TCP Mitigation Update

  • At 90% Plan and Specifications

  • Plans had been forwarded to California Department of Public Health (CDPH)– they have completed their review and had minor comments.

  • A letter by the consultant was prepared as a response to CDPH’s comments and will be sent out shortly.

  • Foster Farms has also reviewed the plans. They requested minor clarifications from the consultant. They did not have any major comment on the design and specifications

  • The consultant is working on two tasks: the Sewer Connection plans and Controls Design:

      • Sewer Connection plans have been completed.

      • The Control Design is in progress and should be done by next week.

  • Should be ready to bid out the project in about 4 weeks.

  • AECOM has been asked to “fast track” this project as much as possible w/o compromising the project.

3. Well # 16 Arsenic Mitigation Update

  • The contract for Media Replacement has been finalized.

  • Work to begin on May 13th and will take about 3 to 4 weeks for the Ph adjustment and equipment installation.

  • The contract for the tanks has been finalized and is currently being processed through finance.

  • There is a two week lead time for the tanks.

  • CDPH has reviewed the line diagrams (of the) process and is on board: everything is acceptable.

  • Kassie from CDPH would like to be invited while the work is going on: to look over the chemical feed systems etc.

4. Kennedy Jenks Feasibility Study Update

  • Expect to have the actual Study completed by next week sometime.

  • This would be the 2nd Revised copy that MID, CDPH, and the City has also vetted the draft.

  • Document will be presented to Stakeholders prior to being released to the General Public.

  • Stakeholders will be receiving an electronic copy and given a week or so to review it before having another meeting.

5. Report on the State Inspection

(Note from TheGardeningSnail: The link above takes you to the 2011 State Inspection Report: which was the last time the system was inspected by the State.)

  • The State comes out, reviews documentation that the City keeps: process records, operational records, etc. and goes out into the field and inspects each individual well.

  • They talk to Operations Staff: ask questions to make sure they understand what they’re doing.

  • They ask questions if they see something that might look out of place or out of line, or something new that they didn’t see at the last inspection.

  • After that, they send an evaluation with their recommendations.

  • The Department of Public Health is a Regulatory Agency that inspects the Water System.

  • Water Testing is done by Independent Laboratories: copies of lab results are sent to the City and the State.

  • Water and Waste Water (are governed by) separate Regulatory Agencies.

  • The first comment was the Overall System is in good condition.

  • They do mention the issues that we have had in the past: water quality, and more recently: water quality. These are issues of concern.

  • (along with) Finances. Those are the three areas of concern they are pointing out: cash – we have too much and we’re not spending it. (Note from TheGardeningSnail – I would hazard a guess they are referring to the TCP settlement money.)

  • There are no real surprises: things we already know: quality, quantity, and finances which will eventually need to be addressed.

  • The City already has the Official Report from the State: it was done in less than a month.

  • A copy should be up on the city’s website soon. Electronic copies will be distributed to Stakeholders.

6. Water Tank Update

  • It’s going to need some work.

  • The outside can “survive”: the inside needs to be done.

  • For the moment, the City is going to contact the Cathodic Protection people: either the ones who originally installed it, or another firm if necessary and get that redone.

  • This will be a substantial expense: not in the magnitude of a paint job, but a few thousand dollars. The divers will have to go in and pick up pieces.

  • This will be done to try to arrest further damage.

  • The comment in the inspection from 2007 was “signs of minor corrosion, blistering in floors and walls”.

  • This year the comment reads “extensive coating failure and corrosion”.

  • At this point, you cannot touch-it-up: minor repairs can be done underwater. Sandblasting and repainting the tank is a major, major project. The tank has to be drained.

  • Costs range from (on the low end) $60,000 to (on the high end) a quarter million dollars: depending on the damage.

  • This project doesn’t seem to be in the quarter million range, but it’s probably not in the lower end either: it’s somewhere in the middle.

  • These are not inexpensive repairs: the tank will need to be drained, sandblasted completely, things that need to be repaired and re-welded will have to be redone, then do the coating, then have inspections.

  • It’s all specialized (work).

  • Inspections will be stepped up. The tank will be inspected the next 2 or 3 years to see where we are.

  • The first thing that needs to be done is get the Cathodic Protection done so we can hold back the corrosion.

  • It’s the same thing with some of the other issues that we have – it comes down to finances.

  • Water valves for example: it’s 7,8 thousand dollars for a water valve replacement.



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