UEM Utility Distribution Group
The Utility Distribution Group is responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of River Campus and Medical Center non-electrical utility distribution systems. We also manage both planned and unplanned utility outages, coordinating customers, contractors and staff to resolve issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The Utility Distribution group is responsible for ensuring the following utilities are supplied to all our RC and MC buildings.
PPM Construction Support
UEM Utility Distribution Group provides support for construction activity on campus and new buildings that require connections to the utility systems. UEM sets design guidelines for the utility systems, performs design reviews and completes construction inspection as a stakeholder in these projects.
Backflow Prevention (BFP)
NYS Plumbing codes require backflow protection devices to protect our private water distribution system and the City of Rochester water supply from possible contamination. The UEM Distribution group maintains and inspects these devices across campus to ensure they are working properly. There are over 70 devices between the Medical Center and River Campus that the UEM Distribution group maintains.
Storm Water Pollution and Prevention
There are several types of infrastructure on campus for Storm Water Pollution Prevention. Items like rain gardens, silt chambers, swales, and retention chambers. This infrastructure requires periodic maintenance to ensure it works properly. In addition to regular maintenance, UEM provides annual inspections of this infrastructure to meet NYSDEC and City of Rochester regulations.
Dig Safely New York
Our utility distribution systems are buried below ground to provide protection and keep them out of sight. Unfortunately contractors and excavators may not know what is below them when they begin work. As a facility owner of several buried utility services, the University of Rochester is a member of Dig Safely New York. UEM receives and responds to requests for utility locating made by contactors, excavators, and design engineers to avoid buried utility damage and utility service disruptions.