Please allow us to introduce an indispensable member of our SFPUC staff – Tony Scott. Tony is the Acting Chief Stationary Engineer at the Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plant, which is our East Bay drinking water filter plant. Tony and his staff oversee the treatment of drinking water from San Antonio and Calaveras Reservoirs before it reaches you, our customer.
Tony stands proudly in front of the facility he has worked at for 18 years.
When Tony walks around the Plant his eyes are constantly on alert, inspecting everything around him. He checks in with staff to make sure all is running smoothly and that there are no surprises. “One of my mentors told me that every day you come to work here – our water treatment certification is on the line,” says Tony. “It is our responsibility to perform well. That always keeps me in a state of readiness.”
Tony has worked at the Plant for 18 years, and during that time he has pulled his fair share of holiday duty. Providing drinking water is a 24/7 operation, so a small team is always at the Plant, rain or shine, holiday or not. They monitor the quality of the water coming into the Plant to make adjustments in the treatment process if need be. Those on the night shift take advantage of the lower water demand on the Plant in order to check the instrumentation, do preventative maintenance on plant equipment, and fill out the extensive reports required by our regulators. Tony says that working at night and over the holidays can take some getting used to. But, he says, “The operating staff knows that this is part of their job. They understand they need to get the job done.” Each holiday shift usually pulls together for a holiday potluck for dinner or a breakfast at the end of the shift.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, and here’s hoping that the Plant staff have a lovely holiday meal in the Plant’s tiny kitchen!