Westville water control system to be replaced

Westville water control system to be replaced

WESTVILLE — Westville Village Board members voted to replace the aging, malfunctioning electronic control system for the water pumps and water towers.

Mayor Mike Weese said the 15-year-old electronic telemetry system which controls the water system has been acting up over the past six months, sending false messages to the pumps that supply water to the village's two towers.

If the system does not tell the pumps to supply enough water, the towers may not have enough capacity to allow the fire department to fight a large fire, Weese said.

And if the system tells the pumps to supply too much water, the towers could overfill. This can cause major problems in the winter, Weese said; an accidental overfilling of the tower in 1989 actually damaged the metal structure enough that repairs were needed.

Water Superintendent Mike Bennett said that the current control system worked well until recently. The new system, also from B.L. Anderson of Lafayette, Ind., will have a main control panel at the water pump station and controls at both towers.

The new system will cost about $34,000 and will take five to six weeks to build.

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