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Photo courtesy City of Oxnard
Thursday, September 9, 2021

By Chris Frost

Tri County Sentry

Oxnard-- The city council, Tuesday, September 7, approved the purchase of a sewer cleaning vehicle from VAC-CON, incorporated.


The cleaning vehicle is a combination truck model and will be mounted on a Freightliner 114SD truck chassis and cost the city $558,638.71.


Wastewater Collections Manager Ray Trevino presented the item to the city council and said the wastewater division owns three sewer cleaning vehicles and maintains over 415 miles of sewer pipelines and 7500 sewer manholes.


"Sewer cleaning vehicles use high-pressure water to scour the collection system pipeline, and the Wastewater Division has set a performance goal of four miles per week," he said. "By meeting our goals, we ensure the proper flow of wastewater, which minimizes the potential for sanitary sewer overflows, which at this time, we are well under the statewide average."


He said the city is at zero sanitary sewer overflows this fiscal year.


"On May 7, 2021, the City of Oxnard obtained a Sourcewell competitively solicited quote for a new Sewer Cleaning Vehicle," he said. "The new Sewer Cleaning Vehicle will replace vehicle 3591, which is over 18 years old and is the oldest of the three Sewer Cleaning Vehicles in the fleet."


He said the Fleet Division determined that vehicle 3591 has exceeded its useful life due to having 109,000 inner-city miles, is frequently out of service, and the repair parts are obsolete and hard to obtain. 


The new vehicle will take between 60-120 days to arrive in Oxnard once it is ordered.


"This will be funded with appropriations from the fiscal 2021-2022 budget from Wastewater Operating Fund 611," Trevino said. "There is no impact to the general fund."


The item passed unanimously.