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Council takes steps to improve water system

by Tom Chillemi

The Urbanna Town Council voted unanimously Monday to move forward with three water-related projects.

During the regular monthly meeting, council member Boyd Wiley, who chairs the Water Committee, recommended the town purchase the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system that will monitor water flow at the water tower; replace pipes in the water tower pump house; and update water lines on Marston Avenue.

The SCADA system also will alert town staff if a major water leak is detected. The town had gotten four bids for installing the SCADA system and council chose the cheapest alternative. Bids ranged from $8,000 to $33,000, said town administrator Holly Gailey.

Another approved project calls for replacing pipes in the pump house located at the water tower. Storage of chlorine had corroded pipes in the building. Earlier this year, a separate chlorine storage area was built outside to avoid the corrosion.

The final approved project is replacing the main water line on Marston Avenue due to frequent leaks. Council member Bill Thrift suggested the line be at least 5 inches in diameter so fire hydrants could be installed. A regular water line would be 2 inches in diameter.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 10.22.2014

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