Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Jesse Silva and the board of directors on Tuesday honored the district's oil-reclamation system team as the April 2002 team of the month for its creativity and excellent work.
The team of engineers, machinists and electricians built a high-tech machine that purifies transformer oil, which is expected to save a tremendous amount of money for the district.
The machine's job is to extract combustible gases, contamination and free water from the mineral transformer oil that is used to insulate and cool transformers. Previously this service was provided by a contractor, with a week's worth of work costing about $50,000.
The team also saved money for the district by building the unit in-house, constructing the oil-reclamation system for under $50,000. Most units cost $180,000 or more.