City to spend $1.45 million on system for water plant

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 20:24 PM.

Havelock commissioners agreed to spend up to $1.45 million for a system designed to make the city’s water production plant more efficient.

The supervisory control and data acquisition system, called SCADA, is designed to automatically monitor plant operations, allowing for adjustments that could save money as well as alerting workers to possible problems.

Commissioners voted to award a contract to the Turner Murphy Company, of Rock Hill, S.C.

Installation of the system has been in planning for about three years and the expenditure on the system had been expected, though it was anticipated that the cost would be less.

Bill Ebron, public services director, said the low bid offered on Oct. 2 by Turner Murphy was higher than the planned construction budget by about $100,000.

Ebron told commissioners that removal of a $93,400 chlorine contact piping/ammonia injection vault would have the least impact on the plant and could be done to make up for exceeding the budget.

However, Commissioner Jim Stuart said he would rather see the board spend the extra money and get the job done right the first time, and the rest of the board agreed.



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