Gibson City approves new wastewater equipment

Gibson City approves new wastewater equipment

GIBSON CITY — The city council this week agreed to install new equipment on the wastewater blowers, which will save the village $14,000 per year, according to Superintendent Randy Stauffer.

The 75-horsepower blower motors will be fitted with variable frequency drives to control the amount of electricity used. The drives will allow the motors to run automatically and ramp up the power when necessary.

Illinois Electric Works has estimated the cost of the equipment and installation will be $19,868, but the village will only have to pay $6,068 out of the maintenance fund. A grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity of $13,800 will leave the village responsible for less than a third of the cost.

Because "we are going to save $14,000 in a year, we'll have a less than six-month payback on our cost," Stauffer said.

In other business, the village approved a two-year contract with Global Energy to provide energy services at a rate of 5.462 cents per kilowatt hour, up from the previous rate of 5.239 cents. Gibson City uses, on average, 1.1 million kilowatt hours annually, so the rate increase would cost the village an additional $2,450 per year.

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