SCOTTVILLE — City commissioners in Scottville have approved the purchase of new software for the Department of Public Works (DPW) to use when responding to water-related issues in the field.
City Manager Amy Williams said the software, which maps out the locations of water valves, hydrant shut-offs and identifies other problems, has essentially become a necessity, as the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has increased standards and requirements for municipal water monitoring in the wake of the Flint water crisis of 2015.
“The DEQ does a system check of us once a year, and the system engineer of the water department, Marc Conradson came here… to review policies and procedures,” Williams said. “Probably because of Flint, things have gotten tougher in recent years. They’re requiring a lot more documentation now.”
She said Scottville currently relies heavily on hard copies of documents — a system that is considered unreliable by DEQ officials.
“Right now our documentation consists of filed papers in notebooks, and that didn’t overly impress the Mr. Conradson. That stuff can get lost. It’s not backed up,” Williams said. “He highly recommended and essentially told us that we would need to purchase some new software in the near future.”
The software in question, designed by Silversmith, has been presented to the commission before. Williams said a representative from the company came to city hall in the fall of 2017, recommending the software for Scottville’s water department needs. Williams said she intended to put the software in the budget for the 2019 fiscal year, noting that the city was still in the midst of its extensive and costly water main replacement project at the time.
Read the full story in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily news print and e-Editions