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Bridgewater Channel to get new carbon monoxide sensors

November 29, 2018

The city’s carbon monoxide monitoring system will be replaced before the 2019 boating season.

Tuesday, Lake Havasu City Council members approved spending $141,612 on a new system that will replace the 11 units placed in the Bridgewater Channel in 2007. The money for the system will come from the city’s contingency fund.

Brian Davis, Lake Havasu City fire chief, made the request, citing five failed units by the end of the 2018 boating season. Davis said city staff planned to include the system replacement in the 2019-2020 budget but after seeing some of the units fail they decided to recommend the upgrades sooner.

“Given the fact that five of the 11 failed it’s, I guess, reasonable to assume that some more of those are going to fail over the next boating season,” Davis said.

The sensors are linked electronically and spread throughout the channel. When carbon monoxide (CO) levels go up, the system alerts dispatch and dispatchers notify police officers along the channel. Davis said officers will then make sure there are no boats idling with their engines turned on and will respond to the problem and allow wind to clear the CO levels.

Councilman Gordon Groat said it’s important to maintain a working system to keep the channel safe for the public.

“Anything that’s 10 years old is in fact way out of date,” Groat said. “I mean, you can use flip phones but not many people do.”

Carbon monoxide 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.

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