February 13, 2014 10:04:11 AM
WEST POINT -- West Point Water and Light has been authorized to advertise to replace three new circuit breakers at its Bryan electric substation, an expense which could cost the city approximately $100,000.
WPWL Superintendent Dwight Prisock informed selectmen Tuesday that equipment issues were discovered during a power outage last month. The Bryan substation formerly serviced the Sara Lee meat processing plant before it shut its doors in 2007 and has been re-purposed in recent years as a second substation for the south half of West Point. The breakers currently at the substation are 30 years old, he said.
"Getting parts for this is almost impossible because they're so old," Prisock said. "The only real way to fix it is to replace them to ensure we have reliability that we need. This is a needed improvement."
The substation is currently carrying the load for that part of town currently while the other one is shut down. Crews are painting the water tower adjacent to the substation that is temporarily shut down, Prisock said, and his department will soon have it up and running again this spring.
Prisock said once the bid process closes it will take three-to-four months for the new equipment to come in.
Wastewater plant retrofit near completion
A retrofit of a former industrial water processing system into a new city mechanical water treatment station is "about 98 percent" complete and could be up and running as early as next week, Prisock said.
The Dispatch reported last July that the city purchased the water system, which also used to serve the Sara Lee plant, for $1 and qualified for a $6 million State Revolving Fund loan from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The new sewage-processing station will allow the city to save money by shutting its lagoon and sand filter systems down in the future, Prisock said. It will also provide a higher standard of filtration and help the city receive better certification from the MDEQ and Environmental Protection Agency.
"We're starting to fill the basin today and we plan to start the plant up Monday or Tuesday of next week," Prisock said.
The city uses about 1.5 million gallons of its 3.2-milllion-gallon water processing capacity, but current infrastructure will be expanded in the future to better serve the incoming Yokohama Tire plant scheduled to begin operation next year.
Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.
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