The District received a renewal of the SAFETY and HEALTH AWARD for PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (SHAPE) from the Maine Department of Labor. The current certification is valid until November 2020.
This award recognizes public-sector employers who maintain an exemplary safety and health management system for their employees. Acceptance into SHAPE is an achievement that distinguishes an organization as a model for workplace safety and health. Upon receiving SHAPE recognition the District’s worksites are exempt from programmed inspections for the period the SHAPE certificate is in effect.
The District was only the 5th water district of over 160 districts in the state to receive this award.
INFRASTRUCTURE MAPPING CONTINUES
The District continues to map all water infrastructure points using our Trimble GPS collection device and entering the data into our ESRI ArcMap program.
You may see blue marks in the road or along your property as we continue to locate points.
A new Trimble unit was purchased in early 2016 to keep our database collection current with new technologies.
Our extensive GIS database and map includes various pipes, fittings, service lines, and main lines for the entire District. Also included in the data are backflow device locations, service cards, new water line construction projects, fire hydrant locations and data, and the water meter database.
Pictures of many of the points are also a part of the database.
As of May 2018 we have mapped over 90% of all the service connections and water mainlines in the system.
In addition to the GIS Master Map that is in the office, the map data is now available to all our field personnel via tablet computers, to assist with their daily operations. This greatly improves the efficiency of the field crews as they can quickly locate any water structure they need to complete their tasks.