Behind the Pipes: An Inside Look at Regional San and Sacramento Area Sewer District

November 6, 2018 - 2 minutes read

Are you aware of all the hard work that California water professionals do to keep your drinking water clean and the environment healthy? The California legislature thinks you should be, and we agree! Last year, California lawmakers approved the creation of “California Water Professionals Appreciation Week,” and our team was pleased to help two Sacramento-based clients celebrate during the second annual event this year.

Regional San and the Sacramento Area Sewer District wanted to commemorate the occasion by creating multiple videos to share via social media. The goal of the videos was twofold: to celebrate the districts’ employees and share details about each entity’s ongoing efforts to protect public health and the environment. That’s where we came in.

The Merlot team with Sharon Sargeant, our guide from Regional San.

Charged with producing three videos for social media distribution, our team toured multiple sites run by Regional San and SASD. From the thriving ecosystem of the Bufferlands, which provides a “buffer” between treatment plant operations and its nearest neighbors, to treatment facilities, an underground network of pipes, multiple offices across several locations in the Sacramento area and a construction project in the middle of a bustling road—our team captured a well-rounded set of clips and interviews to depict the diverse range of jobs that thousands of California water professionals perform daily to keep our water clean and our sewer systems healthy.

The videos included footage of the various sites, as well as interviews with key figures who play an integral role in the utilities’ day-to-day operations and featured various team leaders, from natural resource supervisors and managers to engineers. Within 10 days, the finished videos (three for Regional San and one for SASD) garnered views ranging from 2,500 to 6,700 each! We hope that viewers gained useful insights about their local wastewater treatment facilities with an understanding of just how valuable this work and the people behind it are to our community and state.

Check out these informative videos:

Bufferlands Video

“Our Bufferlands team is comprised of some amazingly talented and hard-working individuals. They’re biologists that drive tractors. They’re botanists that operate chain saws. They’re ecologists, entomologists, arborists, wetland scientists, and they’re range managers. On any given day, you’ll find the different individuals on our staff engage in a whole host of activities to restore habitat, manage habitat, and basically just care for our wildlife populations.” #WeAreCAWater #CAWaterWeek

Posted by Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District on Thursday, October 4, 2018

Engineering

“We all live in this region, and we all recreate in it…. These things are near and dear to us, and it gives us a lot of incentive to do our job well.”

Posted by Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Operation and Maintenance Video

“I believe here at Regional San, it’s all about the people. We have operators, electricians, mechanics, engineers… It takes a lot of people to produce the high-quality effluent that we produce.” #WeAreCAWater #CAWaterWeek

Posted by Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District on Thursday, October 4, 2018

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