The District recently received the SAFETY and HEALTH AWARD for PUBLIC EMPLOYEES (SHAPE) from the Maine Department of Labor.
This certification recognizes public-sector organizations that voluntarily undertake a rigorous safety program for their workers.
State of Maine Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette states “These departments know that keeping workers safe is not only good for the people of Maine, but also good for their districts and ratepayers”.
The District becomes 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 April 2016 we have mapped over 83% of all the service connections and over 72% of all 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 laptop 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.