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February 24, 2010 > Union Sanitary District winner receives free sewer service

Union Sanitary District winner receives free sewer service

Submitted By Michelle Powell

Reading about one's sewer system doesn't usually bring hearts and flowers to mind, but for Leann Hellewell, a little light reading may pay off in the romance department. Hellewell is the winner of USD's 'Win Free Sewer Service for a Year' newsletter contest, so she can use the money she's saving to help fund a festive February 14.

Hellewell, a Newark resident since 1982, will receive a check to offset the residential sewer service charge of $276.04 that was billed along with her property tax this year. She's not sure of how she'll spend her winnings yet, but "we're going away Valentine's weekend," she says. "Maybe I'll use it toward that!"

The contest was a feature in the fifth annual issue of USD's 'Customer Focus' newsletter, which was delivered to all residents and businesses in the Tri-City area in October 2009. The newsletter is published to inform the District's customers about the utility and the services it provides. It can be read online on the District's 'What's New' page at

Hellewell appreciated learning about USD's partnership with Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Haller's Pharmacies to sponsor permanent drop-off locations for safe medicine disposal to help keep pharmaceuticals out of the Bay. "I've always wondered where to get rid of medications," she commented. She also enjoyed an article featuring USD's Capital Improvements Projects Team (CIP). The article focused on the CIP Team's efforts to safeguard USD's infrastructure and listed projects planned for the coming months. The newsletter also featured news about USD's Alameda County Green Business certification, tips for protecting the environment, financial information, and the District's latest awards.

Newsletter readers were encouraged to visit USD's website and complete an online survey that entered them into the contest. A computer program randomly chose Hellewell's entry number as the winner.

Union Sanitary District operates a 30 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Union City and provides collection, treatment and disposal services to the Tri-City area. For more information about USD's 'Customer Focus' newsletter and contest, contact Michelle Powell at (510) 477-7634 or visit the District's website at

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