Project Overview, History and Public Meetings
In 2003 the Water Division identified the need for monitoring and control system that: continuously monitors water system pressure; provides automatic notification/alarms to on-call staff when system pressure is too high or low; and helps trouble shoot the water system quickly during emergencies.
Preliminary and final design was accomplished in 2005-2006 and equipment and construction contracts were solicited in 2006 and awarded in 2007. Project construction began with the notice to proceed issued in November 2007 and project construction was suspended in August 2008 due to community concerns.
A Public Information Meeting was held on September 11, 2008 at the Southside Library and a project overview and handout was presented by the Water Division and community concerns were recorded by an independent meeting facilitator.
Historic Design Review Board met on September 23, 2008 to consider the Water Division’s application under Case H-08-102. The HDRB postponed action on the case pending the Water Division’s submittal of all potential options and another public hearing.
A Public Hearing was held on April 1, 2009 by the Public Utilities Committee to consider the Evaluation Report dated March 20, 2009. The committee deferred action on the report and directed the Water Division to revise the evaluation report to address issues raised during public hearing and to present it at another hearing.
A Public Hearing was held on August 19, 2009 by the Public Utilities Committee to consider recommendations in the revised Evaluation Report dated August 5, 2009. The public hearing continued at the September 16, 2009 meeting and the committee considered recommendations in the revised report and in the Supplement dated September 1, 2009.
The PUC recommended that the project be redesigned to use telephone data lines instead of radio telemetry and to utilize underground electric service pedestals. The City Council approved the PUC recommendation at their October 14, 2009 meeting.
For more information about the remote monitoring system, contact Robert Jorgensen at (505) 955-4265 or email .