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Tustin's Simon Ranch Reservoir : An OCWA Webinar

  • 20 Oct 2021
  • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online MICROSOFT TEAMS Webinar


  • The Meeting Link will be emailed
    when participants Register.
  • The Meeting Link will be emailed
    when participants Register.

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October 20 Industry Insight Webinar

Tustin’s Simon Ranch Reservoir
and Pump Station
Replacement Project


Hosted by OCWA.
Sponsored by
Ninyo & Moore
Peterson Structural Engineers.

October 20, 2021 – 12:30 pm

Presented by:

Michael Grisso

Water Services Manager,
City of Tustin

Joseph C. Blum

Sr. Project Manager,
Butier Engineering, Inc.

We’re Proud to Recognize
Our Sponsors
for the October 2021 Webinar:

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to learn more about our October Sponsors.

Join us, October 20,
when City of Tustin’s Michael Grisso
and Butier Engineering’s Joseph Blum
discuss the
“Simon Ranch Reservoir
and Pump Station
Replacement Project” 

As always, our
will be offered FREE
to our Members. 

Non-Members Still Pay
Only $10.00

About Our Presentation

It began with a relatively simple plan: The City of Tustin Department of Public Works wanted to replace the Simon Ranch Reservoir and Pump Station, a partially buried concrete water storage tank, with a new 1 million gallon tank. They wanted to upgrade the aged infrastructure to ensure the continued flow of domestic water in the neighborhood and provide better fire protection for the region. Whereas the original flow capacity of the Station was 700 gallons per minute, the new station would provide over 3,000 gallons per minute, a substantial increase for fire fighting!

From the beginning, however, concern was raised by the community that the new reservoir could potentially impact the views and aesthetic character of the neighborhood. The Reservoir and Pump Station is located in the Foothill Association Community in North Tustin, a residential neighborhood of large, custom homes. And the initial design of the facility had raised alarm because of its industrial look and its vast scale in comparison to the surrounding community.

The City partnered with Butier Engineering, TetraTech, and AKM Consulting Engineers, to design and construct a project that will meet all the expectations of the Association. And this was all done in the face of a unique set of challenges. Those challenges included site constraints for the demolition of the existing facility, as well as construction of a new reservoir and pump station on a postage size parcel — approximately 0.29 acre.

In addition, a major challenge for the project was developing a shoring plan that would protect the reservoir as well as two residential homes adjacent to the property. The team’s solution to this was both innovative and simplistic. You’ll want to hear what they did.

Plan now to attend our October 20 webinar to learn more about this demanding project and how the design team met its many varied challenges. The issues they solved may be problems you encounter in the near future.

OCWA Members with Reservations:  FREE

Non-Members with Reservations:  $10.00

The Meeting Link will be emailed
when participants Register.

Cancellations received AFTER Tuesday, October 19,
CANNOT be refunded.

About Our Speaker

Michael Grisso
Water Services Manager, City of Tustin

Mike Grisso has over 20 years of experience in the operation and maintenance of municipal water and wastewater systems, including water resource management, capital project management, advanced water treatment systems, construction, maintenance, distribution, and collections of water and wastewater systems. Mike is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, budgeting, planning and regulatory compliance for the City’s water system. 

Mr. Grisso has Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, as well as, California certification as a Grade 5 Water Distribution, Grade 3 Water Treatment, and Grade 4 Waste Water Collection System Maintenance Operator.

Joseph C. Blum
Sr. Project Manager, Butier Engineering, Inc.

Joe Blum has over 35 years of experience in the land development, water and wastewater service industry including engineering design, project management, construction and program management.  He has been responsible as an owner and agency representative that include tasks for value engineering, construction management for major CIP projects throughout Southern California. Agencies include Chino Basin Desalter Authority, Santa Margarita Water District, City of Tustin, City of Anaheim, County of Orange, John Wayne Airport, City of Manhattan Beach, City of Santa Ana and Orange County Water District.

Mr. Blum has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a current sitting Planning and Transportation Commissioner for the City of Mission Viejo.

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