Improvements to Fort Gibson’s sewer system could enable public works employees to solve problems via computer or smartphone.
Engineer Jay Updike said nine sewer lift stations are getting complete facelifts, which will include technology to enable computerized monitoring.
Updike said each station will have a cell phone, which could measure and calculate flow in the lines. The phones transmit graphic screens to employee computers or smartphones.
Fort Gibson Public Works Director Jason Million said he’s looking forward to the computerized monitoring. He said he expects the system to make it easier to respond to sewer problems.
“If a pump clogs, there will be a call, and we can recalibrate the meter from the phone,” Million said. “This should cut down on emergency calls and after-hours calls.”
Updike said the computer sewer monitoring is part of a $1.2 million improvement to Fort Gibson’s sewer system.
Improvements include enlarging sewer lines from 8 to 14 inches wide.
He said seven of the city’s nine lift stations will have electric hoists, which will enable workers to lift sewer pumps more easily.
“It pulls the pump out, rather than using a backhoe,” Updike said. “It will have a swinging arm.”
Updike said the project is about 80 percent completed and should be finished in three or four months.
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