GRU's Busiest Time
Move in, move out. Some college students do it semester after semester. But, the biggest rush comes right before fall, and hooking up utilities in all those homes keeps GRU employees really busy.
Alex Rella and his girlfriend packed up their apartment in Gainesville and headed over to their new place, and Rella says he had everything set to go well in advance.
"I went down to the GRU downtown office about a month ago, and got everything set up," said Rella. "It took about 10 minutes -- in and out, no problems."
Rella's new apartment is one of thousands that GRU employees connected for service this week. That's because it's their busiest week of the year with disconnects for those moving out and connects for those moving in.
GRU Field Services Supervisor Billy Bennett says on Friday alone, his crew had 2,300 homes to visit.
"We have higher numbers in apartment complexes," said Bennett. "You know, you can go to one apartment complex and work 100 orders and then you also have the houses, the individual homes that we go to as well."
Bennett says that with so many orders on the list, Alex Rella's thinking ahead probably paid off.
"The next couple weeks, we're gonna be pretty busy, pretty booked," said Bennett.
UF and Santa Fe classes start in a couple of weeks. Bennett says his crew's working longer hours to make sure everyone gets connected in time to move in.
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