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Utility Emergency Response with Isaac Alatorre

Mar 27, 2024

In this episode of the Utility Emergency Response Podcast, Isaac shares a case study from Costa Mesa Sanitation District, showcasing their initiative in emergency preparedness for utility failures. He dives into the district's forward-thinking approach and the strategic planning undertaken to mitigate potential disasters associated with the failure of a major lift station.

Isaac walks us through the profile of the Costa Mesa Sanitation District, highlighting its dense population and commercial activities which make it an eminent part of Orange County, California. He touches on the city's affluent status and the district's commendable mindset towards emergency preparedness—a trait not necessarily found in all communities.


Also in this episode:

  • The district has invested in 7,920ft of twelve-inch Auraflex hose and corresponding trailers with engines to bypass any potential failure in their wastewater system.

  • Training and practical hands-on sessions were significant in ensuring the district crew's proficiency in deploying and managing the emergency equipment.

  • External vendors played a crucial role in solving logistical challenges, especially for utilities without heavy-duty equipment.


About Isaac Alatorre:

Chairman & Emergency Pipeline Advisor for Water, Wastewater, and Flood Management.

A UC Irvine graduate and beginning his career in safety and emergency supplies, Isaac was trained by David Jackson on all things related to PPS. With the help of his predecessor, he has updated PPS in regard to technology and processes. He believes that PPS has just started to make an impact.

PPS has usually been a West Coast company, but now Isaac believes that PPS can help utilities across the globe with PPS many applications. Not only with pipelines but with emergency response awareness as a whole. He enjoys sports, whiskey, and food.

This Podcast Is Produced, Engineered & Edited By: Simplified Impact