Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Jesse Silva and the IID Board of Directors honored 13-year veteran Daniel Johnston as employee of the month for May 2002 at the board's May 14 meeting.
Johnston's quick thinking and prompt action at the Drop 2 hydro generation facility in early February helped the district avoid losing thousands of dollars in lost generation and prevented potential equipment damage and cleanup.
While working on an unrelated project at the drop on Feb. 6, Johnston, a mechanic generation leader, noticed that the governor to the compressor on the Unit 1 turbine was running and unattended.
This situation could have created major problems, said Alan Jackson, mechanic generation foreman, Johnston's supervisor.
"Dan noticed that the pressure was getting too high and that we were getting into trouble, so he shut the compressor off and notified the control operator and reestablished the oil level," Jackson said. "We could have lost the whole unit, but thanks to his quick thinking, everything turned out fine."