We were Local before Local was Cool!

JANUARY 2016 “The Current” January 2016 Vol. MMXVI No. 1 USPS #356-710 “The Current” is the official newsletter of Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc...
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“The Current” January 2016 Vol. MMXVI No. 1 USPS #356-710

“The Current” is the official newsletter of Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc., published monthly as an informational and educational service to the members of the Cooperative. Periodical postage paid at Tallahassee, Florida.


Cooperative Member $1.50 per year. Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

EDITORIAL OFFICES P.O. Box 1679 1640 West Jefferson Street Quincy, Florida 32353-1679

Tracy Bensley, General Manager Colleen Stanley, Director of Administrative Services/Editor

PRINTED BY: Graphic Press Corporation, Tallahassee, Florida

POSTMASTER In using Form 3579 please give key letter and mail to “The Current,” P.O.Box 1679, Quincy, Florida 32353-1679

OFFICERS Carrie L. Durden President Home 850-539-9751 P.O. Box 541 Havana, Florida 32333 William R. VanLandingham Vice-President Cell 850-545-5604 or Home 850-442-6252 519 Telogia Creek Road Quincy, Florida 32351 Joseph Alexander Secretary/Treasurer Home 850-627-2704 507 Deerwood Circle Quincy, Florida 32352

TRUSTEES Dr. Clifford S. Bristol Home 850-643-5350 15333 N.W. CR 12 Bristol, Florida 32321 Doug Bruce Cell 850-321-7674 P.O. Box 10855 Tallahassee, Florida 32302 Sam Fenn Home 850-576-5072 3539 Lakeview Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32310


We were Local before Local was Cool! Autonomy & Independence: One of the Seven Cooperative Principles that give all co-ops guidance Whether you travel across the country or prefer to stay close to your hometown, one thing you may be noticing is the emphasis on “Shop Local” campaigns. This idea is based on one simple fact: It is important to support businesses that support our community. Our Members Matter – whether they work for a local business, own a business or support a business. The Small Business Administration and the research firm Civic Economics estimate that dollars spent at a locally owned business stay in the community more than three times longer than money spent online or at national chain stores, headquartered far away. This means your community wealth is more likely to grow by shopping locally. Consumer cooperatives, like Talquin Electric, have believed this from the beginning. We were formed in 1940 by people in this community to serve the people that work and live here. While there are many similarities between co-ops, the fact that we are controlled locally and exist to improve the quality of life of those we serve, is critically important to how we operate. The fourth of our Seven Cooperative Principles is: Autonomy and Independence. Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their Members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the Members and maintain the cooperative’s autonomy. In other words, for the co-op to stay a co-op it is vitally important we stay close to you, our Members, to ensure we are continuing to respond to your needs. We do this through increasing energy-efficiency programs, conducting our recent online and telephone surveys, offering renewable sources of energy and continuing our efforts to support other local businesses, schools and civic organizations. You can be sure that Talquin will not be moving our operations to another state or country. We began right here in north Florida, and we plan on being here for a very long time to serve our Membership. As always, we welcome your participation and suggestions about how we can improve our locally owned and controlled services.

Mal Green Home 850-893-4802 7882 Bandits Run Tallahassee, Florida 32309 Bobby J. Strickland Home 850-926-7290 108 Coleman Road Crawfordville, Florida 32327 Dr. David L. Wright Home 850-875-2928 1194 Solomon Dairy Road Quincy, FL 32352 The TECI and TWWI Board regularly schedule their workshops on the 1st Monday of each month and meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Headquarters’ Office in Quincy, FL at 7:00 p.m. For specific dates, times and locations, please refer to our website at www.talquinelectric.com. Notice of any changes will be listed on the website.


Carrie Durden, Board President

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Tracy Bensley, General Manager



State Legislators Representing Talquin’s Service Area

District 7 Representative Halsey Beshears 303 House Office Building 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Phone: (850) 717-5007

District 8 Representative Alan B. Williams 1001 The Capitol 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Phone: (850) 717-5008 Senator Bill Montford District 3 Quincy District Office: 20 East Washington Street, Suite D Quincy, FL 32351 (850) 627-9100 Tallahassee Office: 214 Senate Office Building 404 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 (850) 487-5003, FAX (850) 487-5086 [email protected]flsenate.gov

Did you know? Did you know that Talquin pays almost $2,000,000 each year in property taxes? This money goes right back into the communities in which we all call home! • Leon


• Gadsden


• Liberty


• Wakulla


*figures for 2015

Karen Rowan, Talquin Electric, pictured above left, presents check to Dale Summerford, Gadsden County Tax Collector.

District 9 Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda 1001 The Capitol 402 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Phone: (850) 717-5009

Cost Savings As many of our Members know who have printers at home, the cost of ownership can come with a hefty price tag. From the initial purchase, to the ongoing cost of the consumables, owning a printer can definitely get expensive. The Information Technology department is well aware of these expenses and has constantly sought ways to reduce them whenever possible. Over the past several years, we have successfully reduced our printer fleet by over 20 percent resulting in an annual average savings of approximatively $15,000. This reduction is attributed to the use of smarter technology and improvements in our daily workflow. Eventually, our goal is to go paperless Cooperative-wide and make the printer expense a thing of the past. Dane Clemons Director of Technology and Communications Services

Effective January 1, 2016 the Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment will be reduced by one mill, from -.0025 to -.0035. This will be a savings of $1.00 per month for Members using 1,000 kWh. JANUARY 2016 | THE CURRENT

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Trading Post Guidelines


In order to continue to provide The Trading Post in every issue of The Current, we ask Members to adhere to the guidelines listed below when submitting an ad. If an ad does not meet the criteria, it will not be published. There is no cost to place an ad in The Trading Post.

Stainless steel over stove exhaust hood: excellent condition, 2 lights, 2 speed fan $280 new, asking $130. 556-7116 Multiple Items: USB cassette capture $25, FXR delay system $45, flute bundy $65, cry baby $6, AMP 12 watt Peavey $40, new Kodak digital camera $60, microphone $25. 656-6455 PRIDE Mobility Scooter: “Victory 10", 4 wheel model, new batteries on 10-31-15. Reflectors, small headlight, front carry basket, rear view mirror & charger. Purch Oct 2008. Documentation available. clean/garnet color. Can deliver locally. $1750. 509-5834 Hot Point refrigerator (wht) $150; GE Electric range/stove (wht) $150. 321-1610 Vintage marble top coffee table $60, antique bird cage $50, 12 MJ Hummal – Little Companions plates 1990 series $100; Craftsman mechanics’ tool chest never been used $80. 576-3000 Professional female caregiver w/ many yrs experience seeking position providing loving care for men, women or infirm or any age. References/ background check. 728-2600 Large carved granite headstone $300. 574-4354 ¼" & 3⁄8" sockets $40; ½" EMT bender new $30; ladies golf clubs, bag, balls $60; 12 lb bowling ball $10. 668-7252 Monument Cleaning: Does your loved one’s monument need cleaning? Call 962-5223 – self-contained and mobile. Jazzy Select Elite mobility scooter. 4 yrs old, runs great $1,500; other medical equipment. 570-2671. Leave a message please. Cardio Max ET530D glider – easy on your knees. 3 tension program. $35 Inspirational bookmarks and books, available to order for any amount in package. Please feel free to contact. 893-0558 Washer & Dryer Set. Great Condition. LG Front loaders with attached pedestals for underneath storage. Each has 9 Cycles. About 5 years old. $325.00 ea 309-0488 Handyman/Carpentry, painting, flooring, minor plumbing, woodworking, remodel, and much more. 25+yrs exp. with excellent references. John at 878-4444/566-5318. Reasonable rates Dell Venue 8 Pro Model 5830 tablet, Brand New- NEVER opened; 2G Memory, 32 G Storage, Op Sys Windows 8.1 compatible w/Win 10MS Office 2013, 18 Hr Battery, Processor Speed 1.8GHz, Hard Drive Cap 32 GB, $120. 708-790-0008 Large Vermont cart. Excellent condition. Purchased new $430. Will sell for $179. 893-8604 26" Element TV (Not a Smart TV) $60.00; 2 Bar/Counter Stools, 24", Wood, Painted Brown, $60.00. Other odds and ends. Call Rosie @850445-9443 Bogen Professional heavy-duty tripod, Model 3036, with all the usual accoutrements. $ 300. 508-2739 Cannondale bicycles, H800($350)/ M400($200). Columbia 300 rolling 4 ball cart, 3 balls (Hammer Super Hook & 3D, Petraglia LT 48), shoes and more $150. 510-5730


• Members may submit one ad every three months (four times a year) • Ads must be twenty-five words or less • Must be typed or printed legibly in ink • No registered businesses may run an ad • No changes after ad submission • Deadlines are the first day of the month

preceding the month of publication (For example, December 1st is the deadline for the January edition.) • Members must provide name, phone number, and account number. No email addresses will be published.

Mail ads to: “The Current”, Talquin Electric Cooperative P.O. Box 1679, Quincy, FL 32353-1679 or e-mail to: [email protected] 250W Metal Halide Pole Fixtures in factory Box $50; LED Exit Lights Red or Green In factory Box $10 - as is. 539-4732 2 French chairs $100 pair, Dell color ink for A940, A960 model printer (3) for $30, Panasonic VCR $40, wicker stand & coffee table $75 for both. 421-7517 FOUND DOG in Quincy. Sweet Female white & tan, terrier/shi-tzu with a ‘snaggle’ tooth sticking out of mouth. 877-7096 Hunters - Attention Selling 2 deer feeders, with timers and all the equipment to take them directly to the woods. $50 each or 2 for $75. Other assorted equipment and clothing. 251-8826 Music Lessons - guitar, drums, bass, ukulele, piano, voice. Now accepting new students, adults & children. In Crawfordville. 559-4783 Have one oak dining table and one glass top in good condition $50.00 each. 574-0026/567-9101 Shotguns: 12 ga. Ruger Red Label O/U with 4 choke tubes. $950; 20 ga. SKB Double Barrel. $650. 406-563-4243 Synergy wheelchair cushion as new 191/2" w x18"d. cost $325, sell $30; Digital read out blood pressure, heart rate monitor/case, $20; Phillips Norelco Cordless Shaver, open box, used once $30. can meet in public place 385-8468 Gas Log Heater LS24RAO-1, includes remote control, like new, asking $600 OBO; Bear Super Grizzley Bow, left hand, New - Never used $450 OBO. Photos available upon request, Trades considered. 671-5504 (NO calls after 9pm)

Real Estate

1964 home: 4BR, 2BA, pool, 815 Brent Dr – Tallahassee; sunroom, hardwood floors, recent bathroom fixtures & paint. Sits on 2 lots, ¾ acre – asking $89,000. 766-5858 5 acres on private lake – Spring Creek, GA; cypress tree stumps deep holes, large lily pads, 2-10' dock, full power, septic tank + hook up for 3BR, new well, Lake Seminole 100yds – Flint River. 574-4354 Mountain RV lot with lake frontage located near Helen, Georgia. Details at www.mountainrvlotforsale.com, 850-519-5063. $65,000 Bristol HOME + 10acres, 3/2/1, Greatroom w/ dining area, eat-in kitchen, laundry room, split plan, screen porch, Shop, Barn, Storage bldg, fenced for horses. $275k 643-9703

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1979 Ford LTD II – 4 dr, A/C, radio, P/S, original motor/interior, low mileage – 26,000; asking $4,500. 766-5858 New 2015 enclosed trailer: 18 ft x 7 ft tandem axle, elec brakes ramp door and side door. Fully carpeted. $3,595. 562-5281 2 utility carts – gas, doors, dump beds – one seat. 1,900 2,600. 1999 Toyota Corolla auto 90,000 - $3000; 1984 ½ ton Chevy 350 auto 2,800. 567-1387 2003 Fleetwood, Flair 31A, Motorhome Class A, Gas, loaded w/ extra's, 23,500 miles; electric leveling jacks (2015), wireless back up camera & monitor (2015). 2 slideouts, QN island bed & sofa/bed. Dinette table, basement storage. Asking $39,500. 926-9264 1996 Crown Vic, cold AC, runs good, has tow hitch, would make great fishing car, $600 997-0473 MARILYNN'S TOY: 2001 Mazda Miata, 52,000 miles, color: crystal blue mica, tan top and leather interior, looks and drives as new. 878-8453 RV 2006 Coachman Freedom, gas engine, 65703 miles, sleeps 8, PS, PB, AC/Heat, microwave, propane stove/oven, propane/electric refrigerator, $19,799. 656-6141 2005 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 1500 SLT 2x4 v-8. 207,000 runs great, recent tires. $4500 or OBO. 545-5007/264-6476 87 TOYOTA COROLLA FX. Excellent condition inside/ out. Second owner-very well maintained. 190,000. miles. Friends FX over 300,000 miles. $1,900. 879-5509 2007 F350 FX4 Great condition. Black with black leather interior. 150K miles. $15,000. 980-4307


Hay: 4x5 ft rolls, well fertilized. Barn kept, $35 per roll at the barn. Hwy 12 Havana. 539-4134 Yard Machines LT5 Riding Mower, 42" Deck, Model 13BN771G729, strong engine, DieHard Battery, recent oil change. Runs good. $650. 694-1207


1997 Boston Whaler, 20' Outrage. Outriggers, live well, dive platform/ladder, trailer w/spare. w/o motor Also 1997 Merc 175 HP Offshore


MEMBERS MATTER (not working). $5000 OBO 770-856-7956 18' 1987 Boston Whaler Outrage with trailer, 2007 E-tec Evinrude 150hp outboard motor and Lowrance Elite 5 fish finder. Great condition. $12,000. 980-4307


Sickle bar mowerr for 3 point hitch. Working condition. 566-1092 An individual qualified to graft satsumaa trees 60 years old. Several have tried and failed. Tree in Tallahassee. 863-686-4331/850-575-3494

Department Highlight The Staking Engineering group is a critical team of field personnel that work with Members to ensure new electric facilities are planned and designed appropriately. They are the front-line field personnel that work to make certain the new lines are built to be the most cost effective as

well as reliable. This balance they must strike on a daily basis requires them to be both an advocate for the new Member as well as a good steward of the existing Membership. Their diligence in these efforts is paramount to the ever-improving cost performance of the Cooperative.

Watts Happening

the Tallahassee Museum’s animals. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Bird Garden Workshop 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Animal Encounters

Ken Cowen Retirement Please join us in thanking Mr. Ken Cowen for fifteen years of faithful service to Talquin Electric Cooperative as our Director of Administrative Services.

Get Going Gadsden 2016 – Healthiest Weight Initiative Get going Gadsden encourages healthy weight and healthy eating habits through exercise and nutrition! Join as a team or an individual! The challenge starts Jan 11th. The goal is to increase awareness about obesity and chronic diseases.

Upon retirement, Mr. Cowen shared, “It has been my privilege to work these past 15 years at TEC. The people who work at Talquin make it a great place to spend the majority of your time, from the Board Members to employees in every department. I have enjoyed being a part of serving our membership with such a great team.”

Word of the Month Member: mem·ber (noun) An individual, thing, or organization belonging to a group Talquin Electric Cooperative is a Member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative.


Contact (850) 875-7200 ext. 404 for more information

Native Nurseries will host the 2016 Annual Birdseed Benefit Sale th


Friday, Jan 15 - Thursday, Jan 21 : 1661 Centerville Rd - Tallahassee Guests receive a 15 percent discount on all birdseed and 10 percent off all birdfeeders. A portion of all seed sales benefits the Tallahassee Museum’s educational, conservation and preservation activities. Saturday, Jan 16th - The main event featuring workshops, animal encounters, and more! Learn how to create a more attractive bird garden, enjoy hot cider, and enjoy up-close encounters with some of

This family friendly event is free and open to the public. For more info call (850) 575-8684.

Friends of the Library Giant Book Fundraiser: Wakulla County Library Saturday Feb 6th, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 4330 Crawfordville Hwy – Crawfordville (850) 926-7955 for more details

RUN 2-1-1: 10K-5K Fun Run/Walk Saturday Feb 13 th at Southwood Town Center Early registration ends 02/06/2016 211BigBend.org/RUN211 to register and for more details

Wakulla County Youth Fair Association 4th Annual Bar-B-Que Cook-Off Saturday Feb 27th - Serving Times: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wakulla County Extension Office - 84 Cedar Ave Crawfordville, FL (850) 251-0439 for more details

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Community Focus Thank you to all the employees and Talquin Members who made 2015 such a success. In keeping with the cooperative way, we had a fun time giving back to our communities and the amazing people we are privileged to call neigh-

bors! Here are just a few of the things we accomplished: 1. United Way of Big Bend - $7,500 in employee donations 2. Talquin Assistance Program (TAP) – $10,600

Toys for Tots

Wakulla Valentine’s Day Parade

Member Spotlight “Renewable energy”, “recycle”, “protect the environment”, “buy and shop local” – these are all terms or phrases that we are hearing more and more wherever we go. Well, Talquin Member Graphic Press has long been a believer in protecting the community in which they live. Since starting their business in their home 24 years ago, the Madsen’s, who own and run Graphic Press, are constantly looking

3. Big Bend Hospice – $868.50 4. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - $1,248.50 5. Toys for Tots drive 6. Be a Santa to a Senior tag pick up and drop off location

Talquin Youth Tour

WT Moore Elementary – Electrical Safety Demo

for ways to lessen the footprint they leave on the environment. When you print everything from business cards to “The Current” you are reading right now, there are a lot of components to think about. Graphic Press uses soy based ink, they recycle all of their paper by-products and aluminum printing plates, and most of the paper they use is a product of sustainable resources or is made with wind power. To top that off, they pay someone to dispose of the minimal amounts of

Child Growth & Development TEC tour

Capital Area Community Action Agency Pigfest

chemicals that remain after printing, which is better for the environment but not required. So we thank you, Graphic Press, for your Concern for our Community and our environment!

Energy Tip To see how you can save energy this upcoming year, contact our Energy Services department for a FREE inhome energy analysis. Our Talquin energy experts use thermal-imaging infrared cameras to reveal energy losses and heat gains. The results of each analysis are presented in a report outlining the findings, which are supported with photographs and thermal images and tailored specifically for each Member. Call 850-627-7651 today and set up your appointment!

Left to right: Johnny Sims, Norm Madsen, Eric Madsen, Chuck Lavender and Jimmy Norris.


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Kumquat Tagine

Crops in Season

From EatingWell.com

by Heidi Copeland, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Leon County Extension Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

A tagine is a slow-cooked Moroccan stew (traditionally served over couscous)—but here it’s quicker and (dare we say it?) tastier, thanks in large part to the bright spike of kumquats. Makes: 6 servings, about 1 1⁄3 cups each 1 2 4 1 2

tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil onions, thinly sliced cloves garlic, slivered tablespoon minced fresh ginger pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat, cut into 2-inch pieces 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cumin ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper ¹⁄8 teaspoon ground cloves 1 14-ounce can vegetable broth 12 ounces kumquats, seeded (see Tip) and roughly chopped (2 cups) 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed 1 ½ tablespoons honey Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat oil in an ovenproof casserole or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions; cook, stirring

often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add chicken; cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes. Stir in coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper and cloves; cook until aromatic, about 20 seconds. Stir in broth, kumquats, chickpeas and honey. Bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and transfer to the oven. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the broth is bubbling and somewhat reduced, about 1 hour. Tip: To seed a kumquat, cut lengthwise, then remove the few seeds with the knife tip or your finger. **check out www.kumquatgrowers.com for more interesting recipes!

Resolutions are easily made, but rarely kept. So this year, make a resolution that is easy to keep and will help make life less stressful.


Automatic Bank Draft – no checks to write, no stamps to buy!




Online Bill Pay – easy and free! Electronic Billing – go paperless!

Levelized Billing – life tends to get unbalanced, but your bill doesn’t have to be!


Prepay Metering – COMING SOON!

Visit our website at www.talquinelectric.com or ask any Member Service Representative for more information. JANUARY 2016 | THE CURRENT

I love this time of the year. Not only are the days cooler, but we are still able to grow produce where we live! It’s almost winter and freezing cold in many parts of the United States, and yet locally and in much of Florida, a third agricultural growing season is producing food. In fact, winter crops in Florida are quite plentiful. Permanent crops such as fruits, nuts, and berries are abundant. As well, there is a plethora of seasonal vegetables and perineal favorites like peppers. Locally, Florida Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even nuts are plentiful this time of year. Local seasonal foods are flavorful and fresh, and haven’t traveled thousands of miles. According to the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, knowing when crops are in season is the key to knowing what to look for when shopping. Buy something fresh and tasty! We all know that even the simplest of foods can be memorable and delicious! Kumquats for instance are plentiful. Not only are they packed with vitamins and minerals, but kumquats contain carbohydrates, fiber, and a small amount of protein. They are convenient, as well as a great snack that can be just washed and eaten “skin and all". Additionally, The Florida Kumquat Growers Association promotes other uses for kumquats. Kumquats can be used in foods to impart both flavor and color. Kumquats can be made into jams and jellies, pies, cakes, and even turned into special condiments. Kumquats make a particularly nice and sustainable, seasonal decoration for the home and table. When you are done decorating with kumquats, they can be composted and returned to nature. The Florida Kumquat Growers Association has a website with recipes using kumquats in a variety of interesting ways. Visit http://kumquatgrowers.com/recipe004.html to learn more. Why not pay tribute to eating seasonally, locally and fresh every month? Look for these “Fresh from Florida” items in your grocery store during December: Avocado, Bell Pepper, Cabbage, Carambola, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Grapefruit, and Guava, Lettuce, Mushroom Orange, Passion Fruit, Radish , Snap Bean, Squash, Strawberry, Sweet Corn, Tangerine, Tomato. There are even MORE items to be had at your local markets. I encourage you to find something new to try this month.

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TALQUIN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. Office Locations Headquarters 1640 W. Jefferson Street Quincy, Florida 32351 (850) 627-7651

Quincy Member Services Office 1607 W. Jefferson Street Quincy, Florida 32351 (850) 627-9666

Wakulla Member Services Office 681 Wakulla Arran Rd. Crawfordville, Florida 32327 (850) 926-7422

Hosford Member Services Office 20557 NE Cooperative Way Hosford, Florida 32334 (850) 379-8679

Lake Jackson Member Services Office 4808 Portal Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32303 (850) 562-0125

Bradfordville Member Services Office 6724 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, Florida 32312 (850) 893-6853 Service Interruptions (Outages) Should Be Reported To 1-888-802-1832 (live operator) 1-866-899-4832 (automated systems)

Visit us and report and view outages on the Web at www.talquinelectric.com Sign up for text outage notification at www.talquinelectric.com to report your outage quickly and to receive outage information.

Water, Water Everywhere! 19 water systems, 40 wells, 6 waste water plants and 45 pump stations Throughout Talquin’s service area there are 19 water systems, which include 40 wells, 6 waste water plants and approximately 45 pump stations to transfer the flow to treatment facilities. The employees in the water and wastewater plants stay extremely busy servicing these facilities on a daily basis for you, our Members. Most of us do not consider where our water comes from and where our wastewater goes as we set about our daily activities. Water, wastewater and distribution system operators are important to Talquin and our membership because they work diligently to provide clean, safe water and maintain a healthy environment. What you may not know is that these men and women have to be trained and uphold licenses to be able to operate these systems. Water Treatment Plant Operators handle the water processes that ensure the water is in overall compliance with all Federal and State standards and guidelines. Their duties are, among many other tasks, to run and maintain plant equipment, chemically treat the water, and take water samples to ensure it remains safe for our use. Wastewater Treatment Operators reclaim used water and make it harmless to go back into the environment. When water arrives at these plants, it is dirty and unsafe. By the time it leaves the plant, it is cleaner than most surface waters. The operator maintains the pumps, motors and other equipment used to turn dirty water into clean

and safe water. Water samples are taken to ensure quality standards are always met. Water Distribution Operators ensure the safe, potable water reaches everyone’s tap in their homes and businesses. These operators maintain, operate and repair wells and storage tanks, make repairs to the distribution system, and oversee the water quality system, disinfecting the water delivered to consumers. Water Distributors also test the water by drawing samples to ensure the excellence of the drinking water. The employees in the water and wastewater department are dedicated to making sure our Members have clean and safe water to use and a healthy environment to live in. Source http://www.frwa.net http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water


Survey Winners

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