Truckee Sanitary District receives award


The Truckee Sanitary District is proud to announce that it has received the 2021 WEFTEC Operator Ingenuity Award from the Water Environment Federation. The award recognizes Truckee Sanitary District for developing a novel product to reduce infiltration and inflow in the sewer collection system thus preventing spills, backups, regulatory fines, and worker injuries. The product was developed in-house by Truckee Sanitary District employees looking for better solution to the problem of storm water overloading the collection system during large rain events.

According to Truckee Sanitary District General Manager Blake Tresan, “Our operators came up with an ingenious idea of repurposing an existing plumbing product used for the water industry to effectively seal sewer manholes.” Truckee Sanitary District then reached out to the manufacturer of the plumbing product, Oatey Co., through their website to let them know of the market potential of this repurposed product for the sewer industry. Tresan was impressed, “Oatey responded immediately and worked with TSD to refine the product.”

Truckee Sanitary District and Oatey have now filed a patent on the product and entered into a royalty agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Truckee Sanitary District will receive unlimited product for its own use plus a percentage of gross sales over a five-year period. The product, called Hercules MH Shutout, is expected to become commercially available in February of 2022. In the meantime, Truckee Sanitary District staff plan to present their findings at local, state, and national wastewater conferences.

Although no royalties have been received to date, the Truckee Sanitary District Board took action at their November 2021 meeting directing staff to utilize any proceeds from the royalty agreement to support continued innovation as well as towards community outreach and educational activities, including the annual Truckee Sanitary District Environmental Leadership Scholarship for Truckee area high school graduates.

Source: Truckee Sanitary District

Truckee Sanitary District O&M Supervisor Matt Ruge applying novel product on a manhole.
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