Port Lincoln men Shaun Ambrose and Sam Vanderwal have been praised by their employer SA Water for developing a new back-up mains water supply for the city’s hospital.
The pair were finalists at SA Water’s 2017 Values Awards for their role in safeguarding the water supply of Port Lincoln Hospital, a critical part of Eyre Peninsula’s health infrastructure.
Launched in 2009, SA Water’s Values Awards are seven accolades open to the corporation’s 1400 employees statewide. Nominees are selected as finalists if they show excellence in delivering the corporation’s core values, such as acting in the best interest of customers and the community.
The hospital has its own back-up water tank for emergencies, but Shaun identified a way they could preserve this and still access the mains supply, even if there was an unplanned outage.
Shaun approached Ann Harrison, Manager Environment and Business Services at Port Lincoln Hospital, about improving the reliability of the hospital’s water supply and gained her full support.
“While our water supply at Port Lincoln Hospital wasn’t a problem, it’s great to know SA Water have developed a new, innovative way to safeguard future supply,” she said.
Shaun teamed up with SA Water’s local Technical Services Coordinator Sam Vanderwal and developed a plan to install a new service beside the existing one, with a stop valve to separate the two supplies.
Now if SA Water conducts emergency works or routine maintenance, the stop valve redirects water so the hospital still receives the mains supply, retaining the water in its back-up tank.
SA Water’s Senior Manager Customer Field Services Colin Bell said their solution was clever and cost effective.
“Shaun and Sam’s solution did not need any changes to the hospital’s pipe network, saving costs and minimising disruption,” Colin said.
“We’re fortunate at SA Water to have a large number of community-minded staff like Shaun and Sam who look for ways to improve our services that benefit everyone.”
The simple fix took two days and key work was completed at night to minimise the impact on hospital activities.
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