Improving Lives Through Sanitary Sewer Evalucations

Improving Lives Through Sanitary Sewer Evalucations

You may see typo above, but rest assured, it is intentional. Let me explain. Along with Improving Lives, another main goal of TREKK is educating the communities we serve. Our orange TREKK shirts stick out, regularly serving as conversation starters between us and local residents. Some could see this as a nuisance, but I see it as a way to further solidify the fact that the work we are doing affects everyone, either directly or indirectly. I grew up in a small town and my work in Southwest Missouri is often centered on towns with populations less than 5,000. No matter who I communicate with, I am both educating them and gaining knowledge myself. Be it the little kids who try to sneak a peek down a manhole hoping to see a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pop out, or the town elder who wants nothing more than for you to listen for two minutes about his experiences in his community, I am amazed at how we are able to touch lives. When I started with TREKK, I was one of those people who didn’t understand where wastewater went post flush. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” While the jokes may come and go – “Stuff flows downhill,” “you got something on your boots” – I have come to embrace the work I do on a daily basis. TREKK has built a true All-Star team, of like-minded, purpose driven leaders. And I see every day how what we do matters. A new project was recently posted in our internal Project Management system – “Sanitary Sewer Evalucation”...
Teamwork

Teamwork

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines teamwork as “the work done by people who work together as a team to do something.”  At TREKK, teamwork is exhibited on a daily basis through collaboration and commitment to the clients we serve.  And it was never more evident than the accomplishments achieved by TREKK field crews and office staff over the past summer. TREKK was tasked with smoke testing more than 2 million linear feet of sewer pipe in the Kansas City area – including local landmarks like the Country Club Plaza and University of Kansas Lawrence campus – in less than five months.  To complicate matters, a wet spring and early summer delayed the start of smoke testing by more than a month, making the schedule that much more difficult to achieve. Many people doubted that this could be accomplished by one firm and delivered on schedule and within budget. But the TREKK team did not complain, ask for more time or make excuses.  Our team stepped up and everyone pitched in to complete the work on time and on budget. It is truly awesome to be a part of this team, comprised of talented individuals working together for one common goal. ~ David...