Lisbon water plant installs remote link

LISBON – The village water plant can now control what goes on at the well field without having to send a worker, thanks to modern technology.

The Lisbon Board of Public Affairs recently spent $7,562 to replace its communication equipment at the plant and well field, switching to a wireless system. The previous system allowed workers at the plant to monitor the well field pump system via a phone landline, but then they had to drive the two miles to the wells to make any needed adjustments or turn off a malfunctioning pump.

With the wireless communication system, workers can adjust the pumps from the plant. “We could see it before from the plant, but we couldn’t control it from the plant. Now we can,” said BPA member Mike Ours.

The BPA voted at Tuesday’s meeting to complete the purchase by agreeing to pay the remaining $1,991 owed for one of the wireless radios. The system was purchased from Advanced Controls Inc. of Pittsburgh.

In other action at the special meeting, the BPA voted to purchase another 24 new water meters to replenish the stock that has been depleted since the village switched to a new meters that allows water usage data to be transmitted automatically via radio frequency to a workers using a hand-held metering device. The cost is $4,396, and the supplier is National Road Utility Supply of Valley Grove, W.Va.

Finally, the BPA went into executive decision to discuss restructuring utility operations that could result in compensation adjustments for employees, said chairman Carol Petrachkoff. Action on any restructuring will be taken at a future meeting.