Lake Havasu City may upgrade carbon monoxide sensors in channel

November 22, 2018

The Lake Havasu City Council will consider upgrading the city’s carbon monoxide monitoring system a year earlier than expected due to system failures in the past year.

The new system would cost the city $141,612, and city staff is requesting that the city use contingency from the general fund to pay for the system. City council will vote on the proposal at its Tuesday meeting. City staff planned to include the upgrade in the 2019-2020 budget after being informed that the system would no longer be supported in 2019, according to the request.

Brian Davis, Lake Havasu City fire chief, made the request, citing five failed units that required “extensive repair costs.” The city has 11 monitoring units that were placed in the Bridgewater Channel in 2007.

“Due to its age and extreme environment, over the past year the existing system has had multiple failures,” according to the request submitted by Davis.

Purchasing the system now would allow city staff to implement the new system in time for the 2019 boating season, the request says.

The system is active between March and October and is “highly relied upon during holidays and special events when boating traffic is extensive in the Channel,” the request says.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) from engine exhaust builds up inside and outside boats near exhaust vents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If CO levels are too high they can become poisonous. Symptoms of poisoning include headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. The current system notifies Lake Havasu City Police Department and Fire Department when CO levels in the channel are too high.

City staff is requesting that the council approve the new system from Tucson-based Lee Bays Supply and authorize the city manager to negotiate a multi-term requirements contract which would be renewed annually.

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