Hillsboro Approves Upgrades for Water Treatment Plant
Thu, 30 Aug 2018 11:47:29 CDT
A pair of upgrades at the Hillsboro Water Treatment plant were approved Tuesday evening during the Hillsboro city council meeting.
First, the council approved an update to the Scada computer system, which Woodard and Curran supervisor Tim Hasera said operates the plant. He said they recently discovered that there was no backup for the computer system and no maintenance had been done to the system in three years because employees were hesitant to shut the power down out of fear that the system would not power back up.
The option that was recommended was to purchase a new computer and software for $26,745. It was the lowest price of two options that were provided. The council bypassed the bid process because of the immediate need to upgrade, but City Attorney Kit Hantla noted that a three-quarters majority vote would still be needed to approve the measure. The council unanimously approved the upgrade.
The turbidity system, which judges the quality of the water leaving the plant, was also in need of an upgrade. The council approved a purchase of $22,846.93 for seven meters for the system.
The next Hillsboro City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m.
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