Friday, May 26, 2006

The January 30, 2006 tour update

The tour in January was given to a union official. He was skeptical of any problems at the plant. He brought along his cell phone –camera and took several pictures. He stated that Boynton Beach has safety problems at their water treatment plant and the union had been instrumental in fixing those. At the end of the tour he stated that we do have serious problems here and he would do what he could. To date, he has done nothing.

The east building high service pump is in violation of the city lock-out, tag-out policy. Further, it can result in loss of life and shut down water service to the entire service area for several days.

The filter access problem has not been altered. However, computer control was restored, so that workers do not have to climb and crawl through the pipe galley for routine filter washing.

Some of the open gratings have been covered. This was not done as a result of any union input. Two gratings were covered following a request from the health department.

The chemical treatment in use for the past ten years has been defective, resulting in a hard complex of ferric sulfate and lime coating the piping and filter media. This problem, ignored by management, has resulted in periodic pipe and filter media replacement at great expense. For the past several years these fixes have been discontinued. Now the pipes leading to the filters are so occluded that diesel pumps and hoses have been employed to bring the water to the filters. The filter media has been coated by that chemical complex, rendering the media ineffective. The sand, garnet and carbon of the filters are no longer adsorptive and have aggregated into rock with fissures for the water flow. Any microbes that are not destroyed by chlorine disinfectant pass through to the customers. That includes the algae that produce the earthy taste and odor and protozoan that produce disease.

This could be expected in the water system for Baghdad, but it is the water system for the richest people in the world, the residents of the Town of Palm Beach.


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