Castle Rock Water is more than water
Castle Rock Water has $703 million in assets, including five water plants; 1,027 miles of service lines; 4,434 fire hydrants; 5,406 stormwater inlets; and much more. PJ Thorstenson, Asset Program Manager, along with his team, figure out where things are and keep track of them for water service, operational maintenance, and community development. It’s a bit tricky since most of this infrastructure is underground and out of sight. And, some of it is old. Using geographic information system (GIS) mapping, global positioning systems (GPS), some field inspection, and a lot of maps, PJ works with utility staff to build software systems that track when and where this town-wide infrastructure needs to updated or replaced. PJ understands how each of the small pieces fit with the bigger picture. Though he’s had experience at the state and federal levels with GIS, his start was mapping the natural features and wildlife habitat in the Florida everglades. PJ says it is getting back to working with a small municipality that gives him a connection to his local community and the environment that makes working for Castle Rock Water so rewarding.