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Opening Day June 1

Recycled Water Fill Station opens Saturday, June 1

Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) remains committed to helping customers save water by once again opening its Residential Recycled Water Fill Station on Saturday, June 1. The Fill Station is open to those who would like to take advantage of the district’s recycled water to use for lawn, tree and vegetable garden irrigation purposes.

To help celebrate the reopening of the Fill Station for the summer season Ironhouse is offering a free barbecue for those who come in, take home some recycled water or sign up for Ironhouse’s recycled water service. Customers need to bring their own containers, up to 300 gallons, to collect their recycled water to take home and can make as many visits back per day, during open hours, as they wish.

Anyone from Oakley or Bethel Island can receive recycled water for free. Residents from outside ISD’s service area can obtain the recycled water for a small fee. At this time, the district plans to open the Fill Station Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On June 1, the Fill Station will open at 8 a.m. with the barbecue taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. New customers and previous users are welcome. (more...)

Francisco Villa pipe replacement project (group)
Francisco Villa pipe replacement project (pipe 3)
Francisco Villa pipe replacement project (inside ditch)
Francisco Villa pipe replacement project (ditch 2)

Collections crew replace pipe on Francisco Villa Drive

Earlier this month Ironhouse Sanitary District collections crews replaced an old clay sewer pipe that had cracked after several decades of service on Francisco Villa Way, at the Norcross Lane intersection, in Oakley. This was not a wet sewer line so there was no sewer spillage into the environment.

The crack in the pipe was found when crews completed an annual CCTV inspection on the pipes. Each year the collections crew inspects at least 10 miles of sewer pipe within the service area to make sure that all the pipes remain in good working order.

The crew needed to cut asphalt and carefully dig around the pipe, as there was also a PG&E gas line and a Diablo Water District water line just above the broken sewer line. Both PG&E and Diablo Water District crews were onsite during the project.

Once the sewer line was exposed other cracks in the clay pipe were revealed further up the line and the crew spent additional days on the project cutting more asphalt and pulling out pipe. The new pipe was replaced with PVC pipe.

Water Softener

Check with ISD before purchasing a new water softening unit

Are you considering purchasing a new water softener for your home or business? Remember to check Ironhouse Sanitary District’s (ISD) rules before purchasing to make sure your water softener fits the guidelines. In February of 2015 the District passed Ordinance 57, in an effort to reduce the salinity that passes through ISD’s Water Recycling Facility and eventually makes its way into the San Joaquin River. The Ordinance places restrictions on new installation of certain types of water conditioners. 
Those specifically restricted are self-regenerating water softeners that discharge brine into the sewer system. Brine is a heavily concentrated solution containing sodium, potassium or chloride, which ISD’s Water Recycling Facility does not remove during the treatment process. 
There are many choices for self-regenerating water softener alternatives and several local retailers that can help you choose the best solution to deal with hard water problems. (more...)

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