S.O.S. - Save Our Septic® Volume 15: A Troubled Summer... the Deadlines Begin! (Part 1)
Winterton Middle School in the town of Riley had only opened six years ago and Principal Matt Foster had been involved since the ribbon cutting ceremony. When the school opened, it had a copious amount of classrooms and room for growth. District office planned for excelling programs but did not see nor plan for the immediate boost in population. There were several attractions that brought families to Riley. One of which was the school district got excellent reports on high performance scores in academics and athletics. As a result, the Winterton School District has been operating over capacity ever since, and it was only going to continue.
Winterton Middle School staff worked long hours attending meetings, submitting end of year curriculums, and on top of all this, planning the construction groundbreaking to start the day after school ends. The district really had no choice but to start expanding the facilities during summer to accommodate the upcoming class.
“Thank you, again, parents for attending the last Parent/Teacher Conference of the year. The feedback you provided will help us shape the new summer program; and, more importantly, help our kids succeed,” Principal Matt Foster addresses the attentive crowd. “This summer Winterton Middle will receive some much needed expansion due to the increase in student population and we thank you in advance for your patience during construction.”
Matt took the opportunity to thank all the teachers for yet another successful Parent-Teacher conference. “Let’s meet again next Monday to discuss the ‘go forward plan’ with the new summer program.”
One Week Later
With four months left until the end of school year, the tension was tight with plans almost finalized. The last step, but certainly the most dreaded, was upgrading the existing wastewater system. The current overloaded system could not continue to handle the daily flows without major problems in the future. The back and forth conversations with Rich Willow, project manager from Baker & Willow Engineering Firm, and Matt had gone on for months now. In hopes for a “go ahead” response on the technologies submitted, the engineering firm submitted the site designs to the state. The final plans were for the old system to be used in conjunction with a new system. It came down to two manufacturers. Because the project is a retrofit installation; this complicated the factors for the system design. The meetings with the treatment manufacturers were set-up in the upcoming weeks.
The rep from the first manufacturer visited the school and walked the property. He expressed confidence that the technology worked for the application. However, his confidence quickly waned due to the strict installation deadline and the system being a retrofit project, he was uncomfortable promising completion by the first day of school. The District office really pushed for the August 17th deadline. The rep went over the system’s maintenance about removing components and hosing them down next to the practice field – the only spot for the treatment system to go. Not only that, but most of the system will need to be replaced in 5 to 7 years!
“This was not going to pan out well with Joe, the school maintenance worker,” thought Matt.
The rep from the second manufacturer that met with Matt walked in and was a little more than strange. Matt looked up; then looked over at Rich with a “you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me” look.
“Matt, I would like for you to meet Aerobe. She is from Bio-Microbics,” Rich explains. “I can tell from your facial expression that you are a little shocked. Aerobe is actually made up of Bio-Microbics’ environmentally-sound parts.”
“Hi Matt, it’s nice to meet you. And don’t worry; I have that kind of impact on people. I actually have a partner named Robust, who also comes out to talk and educate customers about Bio-Microbics. Don’t worry, I do have “human” engineers, sales and a technical team back at the office. They just send us out to do the “dirty work”… no pun intended.” Aerobe gives Matt a wink.
“Wow! Well, I guess I can’t hide it now. It is certainly nice to meet you and I am glad you have a good sense of humor about all of this, at least,” replies Matt.
“Well, Rich explained that you guys are on a tight timeline here. The actual project deadline, if my control panel of a brain serves me correctly, is August 17th?” Aerobe asked.
“That’s correct Aerobe” replies Rich.
“All joking aside, do you guys want to show me around? I brought some information to show you as well. We have a pretty good idea here, but will get a lay of the land and take some pre-construction photos for your referral. Also, I’d suggest that the kids taking science class this summer follow the project and learn about wastewater treatment. Don’t you think it would be a good learning experience for them?” explains Aerobe.
Matt, Rich, and Aerobe walked around where the existing system already is installed and discussed ideally where the treatment system would be and. After getting the required information from the tour they sat down to go over the specifics.
TO BE CONTINUED...
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Topics: Wastewater Treatment