October 2017   
Results: Padre Dam 5-Year Plan
The end of our FY 2-13-2017 Five-year plan gives Padre Dam an opportunity to see how successful we've been in maintaining priorities and meeting our goals. 

Over the past five years, 6,771 water quality monitoring samples were taken to ensure Padre Dam's water is safe and clean. District employees cleaned 3,866,523 feet of sewer pipe to keep the system running smoothly.

Padre Dam has worked to bring East County closer to having its own local water supply source with the Advanced Water Purification Project. In the past five years, the project received conceptual regulatory approval and $134 million in grants and SRF Loan Funding. Over 3,000 community members have engaged with the process by touring the AWP demonstration facility.

Throughout the plan, Padre Dam has maintained high levels of fiscal responsibility. Over the last five years, Padre Dam has stayed a total of $15.9 million positive to its budget, and in 2017 was awarded an AA+ rating from Standard & Poors.

Santee Lakes continues to be an integral part of the Santee community, winning "Best Campground in the Nation" in 2013 and 2014. The lakes, which are financially self-sustaining, achieved a record $5.7 million annual revenue, allowing the development of new playgrounds, gazebos and parking. The park continues to be a self-sufficient operation and receives no funds from Padre Dam ratepayers.

Padre Dam is committed to maintaining excellent service in the most cost-effective way over the next five-year plan and beyond. Our Board of Directors adopted a new 5-year Plan in June 2017.  To read the 2018-2022 five-year plan, please click here
How Your Water Works: Padre Dam Facilities Tour
Padre Dam's mission is to deliver high quality water and wastewater services and exceptional customer service to you at the lowest possible cost. Have you ever wondered what it takes to deliver the clean water you get out of your tap each day?  Join us on Thursday, October 26 or Saturday, November 4 from 8:30am - 12:30pm and take a look inside how we provide safe, reliable water and wastewater service to your home every day. Customers will visit reservoir sites, pump stations, learn about water infrastructure, tour the Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility and learn about our Advanced Water Purification Program. 

October 26 - Reserve Your Seat
November 4 - Reserve Your Seat

Water Professionals Appreciation Week
The week of October 7-15, we are joining the California Legislator and water agencies across California in celebrating the first ever annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week. This week gives us the opportunity to recognize those who ensure that we receive clean, safe drinking water every day. To celebrate this week, we are launching the Padre Profile series, which will highlight Padre Dam employees and their roles in the water process. 

Padre Profile: Rob Tron
Rob is the Lead Field Services Technician at Padre Dam, and describes his job as "The most interesting job on the planet". Rob started out at Padre Dam over 20 years ago as a temporary meter tech and now leads a team of 5.

Rob's team is responsible for making sure that every customer's meter is functioning and operating correctly. This team also responds to customer leak concerns and other water service customer needs in the field, including water pressure checks, turning on/off services and replacing electronic reading devices and meters. He describes what his team does as the last step in bringing safe, clean drinking water to customer's homes. "To get clean water to a customer's tap, there are many steps and processes it has to go through, we are the last step in the important process of ensuring safe, high quality drinking water to delivered to our customers."

An important element of Rob and his team's work is a seven-year meter replacement project. This project will ensure that customers continue to have access to up-to-date electronic water usage information through AquaHawk, and will maintain high levels of meter accuracy for every customer. Rob and his team will spend the next seven years replacing approximately 250 meters a month.

Rob's favorite part of his day is working with his team on the day's tasks, and he says that every day is different. "It's an adventure every day, what you are going to run into." Rob said, "We get rattlesnakes, we get scorpions, every meter box has a black widow, or a couple, we get lizards, frogs, mice, everything. It's a dangerous job. You have to be very, very careful out there."

At the end of the day, Rob takes a lot of pride in the AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system and all the meters and infrastructure, and says he couldn't do it without the best team he's ever worked with.  "We really do take ownership of our job."