IRONHOUSEToday 01.24.19
Manhole cover removal

A new manhole for Taylor Road

Ironhouse Sanitary District's Collection crew recently replaced a manhole cover on Taylor Road in Bethel Island. The manhole had raised from the ground over time. The crew used a tool called Mr. Manhole, a hydraulic rotating blade, to cut the manhole cover out of the ground. They then replaced the old with a new manhole cover. The new cover lays flush with the street. 

This project was done in cooperation with Contra Costa County public works crews. 

To see more photos and a video of Mr. Manhole at work click here.

Sandbags available

Sandbags available for FREE at Ironhouse

Even though the rain has stopped for the time being there is sure to be more rain to come during the rainy season. Ironhouse Sanitary District still has the necessary supplies to make sandbags at the District's main office. The sandbags are free to all Oakley and Bethel Island residents. 

Just as a reminder. Pumping stormwater into sewers is illegal and can lead to sewer overflows. Ironhouse does not run a combined sewer-storm system. If you live on Bethel Island and your yards are becoming flooded due to the heavy winter rains, please check that private and street culverts and ditches are free of weeds and debris and that there is nothing obstructing the flow of water through the ditches. 

Ironhouse Sanitary District main office is located at 450 Walnut Meadows Drive in Oakley. From Main Street turn on Districts Way, cross streets Rose Avenue and Main Street. The sand and all the tools you need to make sandbags is located across from the main office.

Collections person of the year
Pictured: Frank Casey with Ironhouse Sanitary District Collections Superintendent Louis Solana.

Frank Casey wins CWEA-SFBS Collections Person of the Year Award

On Friday, Jan. 18, members of the Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) staff attended the California Water Environment Association--San Francisco Bay Section's Annual Awards Banquet at the Concord Hilton. During the evening's activities ISD's lead collections system operator, Frank Casey, won the award for Collections Person of the Year.

Frank has worked for the District since 1995. He was promoted to lead collections system operator after 19 years of employment. A character trait that sets Frank apart is that he does not give out tasks that he would not perform himself.

Frank understands that safety is a huge factor in collections’ work. The collections’ crew is exposed to a lot of hazards. Frank always puts his team’s safety ahead of any project large or small.

During his 20 plus years at ISD, Frank has filled many roles. He has worked on emergency mitigation projects, served as lead supervisor during many sewer pipe and pump repairs, trained personnel when necessary and even worked hayfields on the District's cattle ranch on Jersey Island where ISD’s recycled water is land disposal.

A big congratulations and thank you goes out to Frank for his many years of service to Ironhouse Sanitary District, as well as to the communities of Oakley and Bethel Island.

Plant Safety Award 2
Pictured: ISD Water Recycling Facility staff: (left to right) Operator Adrian Vasquez, Facilities Manager Chris Christean, Operator John DeFermery, Maintenance Worker John Abdilla, Operator Victor Benitez and Operator Rick Vargas.

Water Recycling Facility wins CWEA-SFBS Safety Award

Ironhouse Sanitary District's Water Recycling Facility was awarded the California Water Environment Association (CWEA)-San Francisco Bay Section's Plant Safety Award at the organization's annual awards banquet on Jan. 18.

The award criteria include the number of injuries, lost-time accidents, record keeping,     in-house training, emergency response, and program implementation. This is the first time that the District was nominated for this annual award.

The District now has a chance to move on to win the CWEA state award for Plant Safety. At a state level, the award is given to three Districts, small, medium and large. In this case, Ironhouse is considered a small size sanitary district.
No Wipes in the Pipes

Special East County campaign for "No Wipes in the Pipes"

These past few months, Ironhouse Sanitary District has come together with other East County sanitary agencies to educate the public on the damage flushing any kind of wipes down the toilet.

The campaign, which began in November, is also aimed at local residents who are taking advantage of the increased availability of personal hygiene wipes that tout “flushable” on the label. Ironhouse Sanitary District and the other East County agencies contend that these wipes may indeed be flushable, but are unfortunately getting clogged in sewer pipes and sewer plants throughout East County.

“Most people are led to believe that disposable wipes are safe to flush down the toilet, but this is not the case. During the sanitation process, wipes create clogging problems in our system and this means higher costs to our ratepayers,” said Louis Solana, ISD's Collections superintendent. “Regardless of the type of wipe, trashing instead of flushing is a win-win for everybody.”

The agencies involved include the town of Discovery Bay, the Byron Sanitary District, the City of Brentwood, Ironhouse Sanitary District (Oakley and Bethel Island) and Delta Diablo (Antioch, Pittsburg, Bay Point). The advertisements are running on the back of Tri-Delta Transit buses, in newspapers, social media, and are even playing on theater screens.

So, if you use disposable wipes, put them in a garbage can or use a covered diaper pail to store them until the trash is picked up. Because, in the end, we all end up paying the hidden cost of “flushable” wipes.


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