Ushering in a New Era

Seeking better methods is part of the daily routine for Thousand Oaks Wastewater Division
Ushering in a New Era
The Thousand Oaks team includes, from left, Brian Hetherington, senior information technology technician; John Nelson, utilities maintenance supervisor-wastewater division; Jason Vollmer, Sue Underwood, Patrick McCulloch, Edgar Gonzalez, Ryan Zgrabik, Joe Maiden, utilities maintenance worker II; Mike Noblitt, utilities maintenance crew leader; Rudy Murillo, utilities maintenance worker II; Bob Wilson, utilities maintenance crew leader; Jim Mabry, utilities maintenance worker II; and John Smallis

"Evolve or Die!”

That’s the challenge that drives John Smallis, public works superintendent at Thousand Oaks, Calif. As a result, his city’s wastewater collection system is very much alive and well.

“It’s the headline of an article I have taped to my office wall,” explains...

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