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TWWA Board Meeting

Legal Notice

The regular meeting of the Tyrone Water and Wastewater Association will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2022 @ 6:30 pm, 50 Malachite (Tyrone Community Center), Tyrone, New Mexico.

If you are an individual with a disability, who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Alan Berg at (602) 999-1748 at least one week prior to the meeting. An agenda may be obtained 72 hours prior to the meeting by calling Alan or from the Agendas section of the website (https://genakr2.wixsite.com/twwa).

All members are urged to attend. This meeting is open and the public is invited to attend.

Alan Berg

Vice President


Lift Station Alarm Summary - July, 2022

Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Alarm:  Power outage
Cause:  Lightening causing surge protector to trigger
On scene:  J&S responded first
Conclusion:  Surge protector needs replacement.  Battery for generator needs replacement.  Generator needs bi-yearly service.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 7:27 p.m. (call was missed)
Alarm:  Environmental
At 8:43 p.m. Sean Geary called call center to confirm type of alarm and if they notified J&S, which they claim they did. 
At 8:48 p.m. Sean called Alan Berg to let him know he was on the way to the lift station.  Upon arrival, Sean was the only one on scene and noticed tank #1 was approximately 18 inches from breaching.  
At 8:56 p.m. Sean called Eddie Mendoza and apprised him of the near breach and that he was alone at the lift station, with no support from J&S.  Eddie told Sean that he would call Matt at J&S and get to the lift station as soon as possible.
At 9:15 p.m. J&S arrived just ahead of Eddie Mendoza.  J&S set the alarm to silent and set pan to “Hand,” manually draining tank #1.  After watching the tank cycle completely, we completed the tasks and left.
At 10:36 p.m. Sean notified Alan Berg of completion of tasks and that we were unable to specify cause of alarm.

Monday, July 18, 2022 at 10:35 p.m.
Alarm:  Environment / AC overheat
At 10:35 p.m. call center notified Sean of an environment / AC overheat alarm.  Sean arrived at the lift station at 10:45 p.m. to find that tank #1 had breached and was spreading across the ground.  Sean was the first to respond and nobody else was at the lift station.  Sean called Alan Berg and Eddie Mendoza multiple times but did not make contact.  Alan Berg being two hours ahead, and Eddie Mendoza suffering from a medical condition, were likely the reasons there were no answers.  Sean did not have the phone number for Matt at J&S.  
At 10:55 Sean called the call station and asked if they had called Matt, which they confirmed they did.
At 11:15 p.m., with wastewater still spreading, Sean called the call center again and they insisted that Matt had been called.
At 11:27 p.m. Sean called his wife, Mindy Geary, and told her to contact the EPA.  While Sean was on the phone with Mindy, she spoke with the EPA and provided information requested by them.  The EPA referred her to the NM State agency that handled environmental emergencies.  While Sean was on the phone, Mindy contacted the State agency and answered pertinent questions regarding the breach.  The agency was preparing to mobilize an emergency response team when three employees from J&S arrived.
At 12:25 a.m. J&S silenced the alarm and turned on the back up system.  Matt from J&S then set about trouble shooting the problem.  He went through every possible scenario and then performed a system re-boot of the panel, which resulted in the wastewater draining from tank #1.  However, the reason for the breach was not determined.
At 12:40 p.m., Mindy notified the state agency that the situation was no longer a threat, that the wastewater had not infiltrated the nearby creek, and that the situation had become an environmental clean up matter and no longer an environmental emergency.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Alarm:  Unknown reason
Conclusion:  See response from J&S, as Sean did not receive a call from the call center and did not respond.
Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:16 a.m.
Alarm:  AC overheat
It became all hands on deck as Matt from J&S, Matt from Dement Electric, Eddie Mendoza and Sean were all at the lift station.  Matt from J&S and Eddie Mendoza brainstormed the cause and potential solutions.  
Conclusion:  The control panel was overheating due to excessive external temperatures (for more than two weeks, temperatures had been in upper 90’s).  Unanimously, the group discussed how to keep the panel cool to prevent overheating.  Ideas included:  painting the front panel white; connecting a portable AC unit to the pan; placing a shade structure over the entire panel.  All of those solutions were employed, and the panel has continued to remain cool enough to operate the primary pump without further interruption.

Sean Geary
Vice President
Tyrone Water and Wastewater Association


Contact us

The TWWA office is not currently staffed. You may call (575) 388-1543 which is forwarded either to a TWWA or TCA board member or a voicemail that is checked daily.

For Water or Wastewater EMERGENCIES, please call (575) 654-0391.

Box 570
Tyrone, NM 88065

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