Utilities Division Personnel

Osama Elshami, PE, CFM, Director of Utilities & Engineering

Assistant Director - Utilities

Jean Dupuis

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Project Manager

Robert McDonald

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Utilities Engineer

James (Jim) Moore, PE

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Water Supervisor

Todd Martin

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Wastewater Supervisor

Chad Hancock

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Administrative Assistant

Vacant

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Staff Assistant

Lisa Thompson-Hall

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Staff Assistant 

Marjorie Casseus

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Hydrant Flushing

The City has an ongoing Hydrant Flushing Program that assures that our fire hydrants are in good working order, click here Hydrant Flushing to learn more.


Backflow Prevention

What is a Backflow?

Backflow is a condition that occurs when a severe change in pressure within the water distribution system causes water flow in the system to flow in the opposite direction of its normal flow.  Backflow could allow contaminants to enter our drinking water system through cross connections.

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Backflow by meter box

BACKFLOW BY METER BOX

What is a Backflow Preventer?

A backflow preventer is a mechanism designed to prevent backflow by providing a physical barrier between the drinking water system and potential contamination sources.  For a backflow preventer to provide proper protection, it must be designed for the degree of hazard, installed correctly, tested annually by a state certified tester, and repaired as necessary.

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Why do Backflow Preventers have to be tested annually?

All backflow preventers have internal seals, springs, and moving parts that are subject to fouling, wear, or fatigue, and have to be tested periodically to ensure that they are functioning properly.

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Who is required to have a Backflow Prevention Assemby?

Per City Code of Ordinances, the following facilities are required to have and maintain Backflow Prevention Assemblies:

  • All commercial facilities
  • Irrigation & Fire Protection Systems served by a meter
  • All buildings served by master meters, including, but not limited to multi-family buildings, multi-story buildings, and mobile home parks

 

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Where are Cross Connections found?

Cross connections are found in all plumbing systems.  It is important that each cross connection is evaluated and identified as to what type of backflow protection is required to protect the the drinking water supply. Some plumbing fixtures have built-in backflow protection in the form of a physical air gap.  However, most cross connections will need to be controlled through the installation of an approved mechanical backflow prevention device or assembly.  Some common cross connections found in plumbing and water systems include:

  • Wash basins & service sinks
  • Hose bibs - irrigation sprinkler systems
  • Auxilary water supplies
  • Photo development equipment
  • Boilers - swimming pools
  • Solar heating systems
  • Fire sprinkler systems

 

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Cross-Connection devise

CROSS CONNECTION DEVICE