City council OKs treatment plant repairs

WILMINGTON — Council Thursday night approved an ordinance authorizing Safety/Service Director Brian Shidaker to enter into a contract for emergency repairs to the Programmable Logic Controllers and the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems at the Water Treatment Plant.

According to a letter Shidaker wrote to council, on Labor Day an incident occurred and the system failed. As a result plant operators were required to physically control the system at all times and monitor the flow rates.

“I am requesting that this resolution be considered as an emergency measure in order to alleviate a potential risk of releasing untreated wastewater into the tributaries, in violation of the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System,” said Shidaker in his letter.

Shidaker told council in regards to the price it would cost over $50,000 but not over $100,000, and that there were sufficient funds to cover it. Shidaker also stated that no raw sewage discharged into the tributaries.

The council approved the ordinance unanimously.

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By John Hamilton