A new electronic monitoring system should make Sparwood’s water and wastewater facilities more efficient.
So says Mayor Cal McDougall, as District Council voted this week to invest $123,000 to upgrade the system over the next five years.
This includes infrastructure at the wastewater treatment plant, lift stations and pump houses.
McDougall says this will eliminate the need for manual checks and speed up any needed fixes.
“It gives us an opportunity to address problems much quicker,” McDougall says. “If an alarm sounds, we don’t have to send someone out and physically check it. We’ll be able to check it via computer online to see what the problem is.”
He says their existing program does not cover all of their amenities and in some cases has failed completely.
“It’ll all be computer generated, so it’ll be a much more accurate, much quicker response to any type of pump breakdown or something like that,” McDougall says.
McDougall expects the upgrades should cut future monitoring expenses in half.
– Sparwood Mayor, Cal McDougall