WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (4/15/13) - The Webster County Water District held a brief session Thursday morning.
In the month of April the Water Treatment Plant reported considerably higher numbers than they did one year ago. The plant produced 39,393,100 gallons of water this year, as opposed to 25,931,065 in 2012, for a difference of 4,461,450 hours.
“The difference is mainly because we flushed the lines, and that pulled a lot of water out of the system,” plant superintendant Paul Lashbrook reported. Most of the flushing was carried out at night, primarily because that was the least inconvenient time for the most customers.
Lashbrook also reported some additional overtime for April. He said that one of the Water District’s employees had been off work to care for a sick child.
District employees have been working for several months to update maps for the new water line GPS tracking system that arrived in February. Once the mapping is complete employees will be able to locate lines in a matter of seconds. The GPS unit will provide data as to the depth, size and type of line and can direct employees to the nearest location of shut off points.
“We didn’t get much done in February because of flushing lines,” reported Water District Assistant Superintendent Robert Schindley. Currently he estimates that only ten percent of the water lines have been mapped. “Hopefully we can get back to it by the end of May.”
Last month the district accepted a bid from Timmons Electric of Morganfield to install a speed reducer on a 1,400 gallon per minute (gpm) water pump at the plant. The pump has not been used since the plant first opened 13 years ago, because it pumped water with such force that it caused water lines to bust.
Since the pump ceased operation the plant has been using a pair of 700 gpm pumps. Putting the larger pump back into service can save the plant money on their monthly electric cost, and extend the life expectancy of the other pumps.
The district accepted a bid of $210 from Dwayne Hunter Lawn Service to handle their mowing needs. Previously they had contracted with two different companies for $110 each, so the new bid will save the district ten dollars per mowing.
Superintendant Lashbrook warned the board members that even though it had been announced that Century Aluminum would be purchasing Alcan and remaining open, they could still expect a drastic rate increase later this year. He estimated that the water districts bill for September could be as much as $2,160 higher.
J-E News Editor
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