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Putnam PSD keeps service on in storm

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 06:56 PM

SCOTT DEPOT — With the help of backup generators and some dedicated employees, Putnam Public Service District was able to maintain continuous water and wastewater service during Superstorm Sandy and the resulting power disruptions that recently hit some parts of Putnam County, according to a news release from the PSD.

In preparation for the storm, PPSD’s Maintenance and Water Quality Departments made sure that generators were fully fueled and placed in strategic locations across the service area where power disruptions had occurred during similar weather events, the press release stated. Battery backups were installed to ensure that communications devices continued working during the storm.

The generators were used to keep water booster stations and wastewater pump stations running during the power outages. The booster stations ensure that water levels are maintained in storage tanks, while pump stations carry wastewater to treatment plants. None of Putnam PSD’s 13,000 customers experienced a disruption in service as a result of power outages at PPSD stations, according to the news release.

The stationary generators at PPSD’s water treatment plant on Mize Road, just north of Teays Valley, operated for 26 hours to ensure continuous treatment of potable water. As a result, PPSD water produced during the storm was of the usual high level of quality with no state or federal violations that often occur during such outages in facilities without adequate backups in place.

“All of our employees, from treatment plant operators to the maintenance technicians to the central office staff, chipped in to ensure it was business as usual for Putnam PSD,” General Manager Mike McNulty said in the news release. “They came through under pressure and I couldn’t be prouder of their work.”