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Sycamore approves project to upgrade well-water system

SYCAMORE – Emergencies such as fires may be addressed faster and from many locations in Sycamore thanks to upgrades planned for the city’s well systems.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said the planned upgrades to the hardware and software systems for current wells and a new well in the city will allow them all to be monitored from each well location. 

Should an emergency arise and water flow adjustments are needed for a well halfway across town, the nearest well will give city employees the control they need. 

“We don’t have to go from well to well to make those types of changes,” Gregory said. 

City officials unanimously approved a bid of $73,816 to Romeoville-based Metropolitan Industries Inc. to upgrade the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System for five existing wells and install the same system for the upcoming sixth well located in the northern section of Sycamore. 

Metropolitan Industries has been working with the city on the wells since the mid-1990s. Even though Metropolitan Industries’ bid was the only one the city received for the project, Gregory said the city wanted to find another bid to make sure there wasn’t another cost-effective and efficient option available. 

The city is currently constructing a sixth well known as Well No. 10. In 2011, the site for the new well was drilled, but construction of the well house and installation of the equipment there is still continuing, Gregory said. 

Some of the other wells in the city are located at Bethany Road and Airport Road in Sycamore. 

Both the upgrades to the five wells and adding of the sixth well are being combined into one project.

The funding for the upgrades are paid through the water fund reserves transferred into the Water Impact Fee Fund.

The city will amend its budgets for the fund to reflect the actual costs of the project after reviewing audited financial statements, Gregory said.

Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said with these upgrades the city will be well-equipped to efficiently provide water for residents, businesses and emergencies. The monitoring capabilities for each well will be enhanced as well, he said. 

“There are warnings and there are alarms and so forth that alert the [Public Works Department] when there’s any kind of issue,” he said. 

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