This winter is proving to be another unusual season for the Association. As the Provo Reservoir Canal Enclosure Project is completed, a transition process unfolds for those who will operate and maintain this new system. Work is being done to remove and salvage any useable equipment form the decommissioned canal. This equipment will either be used on other Provo River Project facilities, be reserved as spares, or be transferred to a new owner who can put them to beneficial use. Staff is learning the processes, procedures and technology involved with commissioning the new, enclosed canal system.
Additionally, there is a great deal of support needed from Association staff for the Enclosure Project construction process. Besides these unique tasks, this time of year staff prepares for the upcoming runoff and irrigation seasons. At Deer Creek Power Plant, winter preventative maintenance is performed on all equipment. Each penstock and power generation unit is inspected and prepared for the 2012 season.
From other areas of the Provo River Project equipment is taken to the Pleasant Grove Shop for annual preventative maintenance. Maintenance personnel also care for all rolling stock which includes earthwork equipment, pumps, generators, and smaller powered equipment. A large task for this winter will be the replacement of the torque converter on the Association’s D7G bulldozer. This will be akin to major surgery. The combination of the facilities at Pleasant Grove and the talents of the maintenance staff allow this level of work to be done in-house.