Small town water systems an easy fix? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Here are some comments from an article about water systems in Illinois...

"Fox Valley towns priming their pumps for Year 2000 "

Many towns have been updating their computerized monitoring systems with Y2K-compliant equipment. In a pinch, most water distribution systems can be run manually. A local look

Other efforts include:

Sugar Grove Public Works Director Darrin Boyer said the town is in the process of installing a $200,000 computerized system for monitoring wells, lift stations and water towers. All the equipment is expected to be Y2K compliant.

Montgomery Public Works Superintendent Charlie Foulkes said vendors have indicated the software used by the village for accounting and meter reading is Y2K compliant.

"I've also checked our hardware and foresee no problem in that area," Foulkes said.

Geneva City Administrator Phil Page said the city has a state-of-the-art computerized control system that is certified as Y2K compliant.

"Our analysis is that we are compliant," Page said.

Yorkville Public Works Director J.T. Johnson said the water-delivery system isn't computerized, so there shouldn't be a Y2K problem. Computers have been updated in record-keeping area of the department, he added.

Naperville officials said the city is installing a new computerized monitoring system for water distribution and wastewater treatment.

"We're quite confident that we'll have little or no problem," said Allen Panek, assistant director of public utilities.

The system has 2 1/2 days of storage capacity, and backup generators in the event of a power outage. The goal for all city departments is to be compliant by July 1, and Panek estimated the water distribution system is more than half-way there.

Batavia Water Superintendent John Dillon said only a small portion of the water distribution system is automated.

"We've been checking all our equipment and have not found any problems with Y2K compliance," Dillon added. "If anything, we're concerned about the supply of electric power."

To that extent, the city will be installing some backup diesel-powered generators for pumps. Also, city officials said they intend to purchase a Y2K-compliant computer system for billing later this year.

Oswego Public Works Director John Eisele said the entire distribution system should be Y2K compliant by May. The village recently installed a new monitoring system. Tweaks are being worked out in billing.

North Aurora Village Administrator Rob Nelis said the town recently purchased and installed a new $25,000 computer system for billing. Also, the system that monitors pumps and wells has been updated, he said.

"We've been informed. . .that the Y2K problem is solved," Nelis added.

-- R.A. Mann (, January 05, 1999


Might be an "easy fix" but that's a lot of money for just of couple of little towns. Again -same remediation payback rule as always applies = No one, in any agency, city, or business who has begun a y2K repair program, and who has begun to try to test their solutions, has ever said "It was a waste of time, money, and effort."

Makes you really wonder about those that are doing nothing yet.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw GA) (, January 05, 1999.


Sounds like good news for that small town.

Have you seen this news item from the Chicago Tribune yet:,1575,SAV- 9901010066,00.html

"Millennium Bug Lurks With Time Running Out -- '99 A Game Of Catch-Up"

-- Kevin (, January 06, 1999.

Where are all these generators coming from??

-- Brooks (, January 06, 1999.

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