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Frank Wolinski: Water is very scarce in Southern California. A lot of the water has to be
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imported in from very long distances. Without water life would be completely
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different than it is now. Some of the simple things that we do in the morning such as
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take a shower, brush our teeth, have cup coffee those simple things wouldn't be
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there. My name is Franklin Wolinkski, I'm the Operations and Feld Services Manager
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for the Vista Irrigation District. I'm responsible for making sure that water
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gets from source to the to the customer's tap. Our customers expect that when they
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turn on tap the water's going to be there, that it's going to be safe, it's going to be
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potable, and also it's going to be there 24-7, 365. Currently the
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District has two sources of water. We have our own local supply at Lake
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Henshaw and the other we get from the state water project in Northern
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California as well as the Colorado River. Over the years the Vista Irrigation
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District has had to adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of a growing
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population within the community of Vista. The district currently serves a
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population of approximately 128,000 people. We have approximately 435 miles
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of pipeline, 12 water storage reservoirs and 17 different pressure zones. We
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monitor verious pressure reducing facilities and we have approximately 30 remote
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sites that we monitor these through. Steve Wuerth: We use programmable automation controllers
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to bring data into a central location for viewing and for controlling purposes.
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The well locations throughout the ranch are very remote. They subject to an
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enormous amount of heat in the summer times and and freezing temperatures in
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the winter. Wolinksi: Managing all of these remote sites that we have without automation
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control system would be near impossible. So ,we got our start with Opto 22 in the early
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nineties through our SCADA integrator IDAC West. Alan LeVezu:IDAC West has been an
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integrator for the Vsta Irrigation District for almost as long as we've been in
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existence.
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The first system we put in was almost 20 years ago. It was a an older Opto 22 system
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and that they needed to upgrade that to the the current ethernet technology. So
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instead of deciding to do everything all at once they figured out a layered
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approach to take some of the key sites and update that one at a time. And, using
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the Opto 22 hardware we were able to talk to the old sites and the new sites
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and as we did each site we moved it over to the new technology. Wolinksi: One of the
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advantages of Opto 22 products is that they've always enabled backwards compatibility.
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You know with the help of IDAC West we were able to phase all this process in
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migrating through various generations. This is something that over the years has
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saved the district money and that's something we've been able to pass on to
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our rate payers.
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LeVezu: The Vista Irrigation system has systems out in the field that are very
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intelligent. If something breaks down they decide what they're going to do out
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in the field. If there's a communications drop from one point to another that's a
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key both points decide based on the logic we've built in what to do. Wolinksi: Distributed
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intelligence allows our remote sites to basically run autonomously. LeVezu: If there's
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a disaster of some kind, whether it's an earthquake or a major fire, and the
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distributed portion of the control goes down - as in the Masters go down, the sites
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will continue working. And, they'll still be able to fill the fire trucks so they
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can put out the fires and keep as much water going, and in some cases if there's
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a break in the line it will automatically stop to prevent the water
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from going out.
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Wolinksi: You know it's a it's our job to distribute water 24 hours a day 365 days
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a year. To bring water to our customers today we're leveraging technology to do
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that.