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All good things must come to an end    

Natalie W.  by  Natalie W.  on  1/15/2019

Austin Bluff Tank Repair ProjectOn Oct. 2, 2018 my life changed forever when I gave birth to my first child: Liv Terese. She is the new center of my life—I never knew I could love someone as much as I love this new little human being.

Being a first-time mom has been a steep learning experience for me. I’ve already lost count of all the new things I’ve learned—like what one of the side effects is of giving a baby Amoxicillin (look it up). Another thing I learned is that car seats actually expire! Sounds crazy, right? After doing some research, I learned that the materials in the car seat can break down over time. Most car seats have a plastic shell, which can degrade, becoming brittle. 

Much like child car seats, roofs have an expiration date too. The current roof on our Austin Bluffs water tank has been in place for more than 50 years—a darn good ROI if you ask me. The 10-million-gallon tank, located in University Village, was originally constructed in 1964. Finished water storage facilities like the Austin Bluffs tank are an important part of the protective distribution system barrier that prevents contamination of water as it travels to the customer. Water tanks help equalize water demands, reduce pressure fluctuations in the system and provide reserves for firefighting, power outages and other emergencies.

Austin Bluffs Tank Repair ProjectIn the summer of 2018, a condition assessment performed by one of our engineering consultants revealed deficiencies in the tank, requiring it to be taken out of service. One of the primary deficiencies identified during this assessment was a damaged roofing system that was becoming susceptible to the elements. Because the tank is located underground, the roof sits approximately 2’ from the ground surface. As the Austin Bluffs tank is a critical component needed for delivering water to our customers, it was necessary get the tank back online and in service as soon as possible.

Since last October, our Asset Management Engineering and Project Program Delivery Team has been hard at work getting the old roof off the tank and preparing to get the new roof on. Because of their superb planning and due diligence, most of our customers will never even know we had the massive water tank offline for six months. The project is estimated to be finished by the end of April.

So although a “roof” might not surface to the top of the list when you think about things that expire, keep in mind that like with most things, roofs and car seats eventually have to be replaced too.

And because no mama can resist: here’s some Liv cuteness to fill your day.

Liv Terese
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Congrats on your beautiful baby girl!!

Thursday, January 17, 2019  4:00 PM  A Finch