City agrees to communication upgrades for water treatment plant

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The Swift Current Water Treatment Plant will get a $230,000 upgrade to it’s hardware, software and communications systems this year.

The new upgrade will make it easier for operators to monitor the plant’s five remote stations, while receiving feedback on water pressure, volume, use and quality.  The upgrade will also notify the plant staff of any problems or issues.

“With the upgrade recently to the water treatment plant, it put us on a different hardware, software and communication system with the five remote stations that we have in the city,” explained Mitch Menkin, the city’s GM of infrastructure and operations.  “This project will bring all the remote stations up to the same system, both hardware and software.”

Three different companies bid on the contract, which council awarded to Delco Automation Inc. out of Saskatoon.  During a brief speech at the meeting Menkin said they chose Delco because they maintained high standards while being locally based.

Of the other two companies, one failed to meet the bid criteria, while the other was rejected for being based out of province.

“The contractor is committed to getting the bulk of the work done in 2014,” Menkin said after the meeting.  “The hardware and software and all the physical aspects will be done by the end of 2014.”

Menkin added that there may be some things that won’t be completed until early 2015, but the city isn’t worried.  He said water services wouldn’t be affected by the work, meaning the transition should go unnoticed.

“This will all be seamless stuff that goes on.  It’s just a matter of working through the process.”

Menkin called the current system obsolete, and added that the city would be in a good position with their new system.

The new equipment is expected to last 20 to 25 years, barring a major jump forward in technology.  The old equipment has already been in use for more than 20 years.

“This is technology, so we hope that this will last for a number of years, but technology is always changing,” he said.  “This is one of the things that you get caught up in.  When your technology gets obsolete you’ve got to do the upgrades.”

Organizations: Delco Automation

Geographic location: Saskatoon

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