Tammany Utilities Continues Ongoing Capital Improvements with the Addition of Auto-dialers
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the continuation of capital improvements to the Tammany Utilities (TU) water and sewer systems with the installation of ten auto-dialers at critical water wells and sewer lift stations across the TU service areas. A total of 80 auto-dialers will be installed over the next several weeks as weather permits, and additional auto-dialers are budgeted for 2019. The dialers are custom-programmed with emergency numbers so that if an issue occurs at a lift station, well, or with a pump, TU staff is notified immediately, no matter the time of day or night.
“With the installation of these auto-dialers, we may be able to lessen the frequency of boil advisories by addressing things that cause the well systems to lose pressure before the pressure drops to a critical point triggering those advisories,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “But this is just one plus to these devices. In addition, they will increase efficiency in our response time in the event of a failure, they add to the peace of mind for TU customers as well as our staff, and ultimately, they will save money. We will continue this capital improvement investment to enhance our maintenance and improve the system overall.”
The auto-dialers will give TU personnel advance warning of problems with water wells, with the hope that any issues affecting the well can be addressed before the system loses pressure, thereby preventing the frequency of boil advisories. These dialers will also help identify problems with pumps before they fail due to a clog, or other malfunction, as well as immediate alerts to other issues which could lead to system spills.
Since the start of 2018, nearly $200,000 in capital improvements investments to the Tammany Utilities Water and Sewer System have been in progress.
To see notices about service interruptions or boil water advisories visit the Tammany Utilities webpage at: www.stpgov.org/departments/tammany-utilities. To be notified by text or phone about events that will impact your water service, sign up for ALERT St. Tammany here.