Friday, February 5, 2016
City Launches New Real-Time View of PI Sewer System
The Department of Public Services (DPS) is pleased to launch a new real-time view of Plum Island’s sewer system operation. DPS staff, with assistance from the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC), mapped the entire sewer system on Plum Island and used a geographic information system (GIS) application to create a map, hosted on the City’s website, where any member of the public can see the operational status of the system 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. In the wake of system failures last winter due to extreme weather conditions, DPS Sewer Division staff spent the spring and summer months mapping the system on the island so that the department could better-respond to operational glitches. In the event of a system problem, DPS staff will feed this information to the map so that any person can log onto the site and see the exact location of the inoperable area. Troubled locations will be denoted by a red line. When the system is back up and operational, the lines will revert to green, indicating fully-operational status. The mapping of the system has taken a lot of guesswork out of the equation for Sewer Department employees; operators are now able to respond to low vacuum alarm situations with accurate locations of all components of the system. This information will expedite the process in finding any issues or mechanical failures. Log onto the Plum Island Sewer Map housed on the DPS Sewer Division webpage to view this new service.