Kingston approves water monitoring purchase
by Matt Shinall
Dec 06, 2011 | 1113 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To better track water levels and usage, the city of Kingston will add computer monitoring sites at both wells and the city's sole water tank.

In a special called meeting immediately following Monday's work session, the Kingston City Council approved the purchase of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system as suggested by Sweitzer Engineering and water department consultant Billy Baker.

Computers at each site will operate on a web-based system able to monitor water levels and flow from city water sources transmitting data to a secure site viewable from any Internet-capable computer. Alarms can be programmed to alert system administrators remotely through the system.

The cost of SCADA equipment, installation and training came to $23,337. The cost will be covered by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars.

Also discussed in the special called meeting was the appointment of Mike Powell to act as a reserve police officer for the purpose of organizing and disposing of items in the evidence room. Councilman Louise Howell opposed the idea of hiring an additional reserve officer after appointing Shane Scoggins last month.

In the preceding work session, the Kingston City Council discussed items on a brief agenda for next week's regular meeting. A representative from Sweitzer Engineering confirmed the necessity of a water conservation plan being drafted. The plan is mandated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for ground water removal permits on entities pumping more than 100,000 gallons a month in well water. The water conservation plan will not require a vote and will not appear on next week's agenda.

The only item to resurface at the year's final regular meeting will be changing signature cards at United Community Bank to add Councilman-Elect Harold Posey and remove outgoing Councilman Billy Sanders.

The Kingston City Council will meet again Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at city hall.