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Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Facility to update SQL data logging system


November 21, 2019

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Ironwood - To meet state requirements and keep up with the technical age, the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Treatment Facility will soon be upgrading their SQL data logging system. SQL stands for structural query language.

According to plant manager Jeff Wasley, the upgrade has been paid for, but the facility is waiting on the integrator to finish his part in order to proceed.

"We have to change the way we do our data logging. The old software, called General Electric Cimplicity, doesn't support the old way we did it," said Wasley in a phone call after the meeting Wednesday. "Certain types of databases are fading out."

As for the the new system, Wasley said parts of it are working now. "Within a few months we should be able to switch over," he said. "We should be set for the future for all of data logging." The new software also provides technical support if needed.

"The issue is we don't have it integrated yet," said Wasley. Getting the software integrated into the interface, which is a unit that allows pieces of software to talk to each other, is the current challenge, he said.

"We are required by EGLE (Environment, Great Lakes & Energy) to meet a certain discharge permit. They set the parameters for what we can discharge," he said. All the information systems help us track and for annual reporting along with keeping a historical log of our entire process," said Wasley.

In other business the board reviewed the SSO (sanitary sewer overflow) policy and approved the 2019/2020 surcharge fee which will stay the same as it has since 2006. The surcharge fee covers the cost of any corrective action that would need to be taken in the case of a peak flow exceeding 8.5 million gallons per day, said Wasley. "We occasionally go over that in the spring or in heavy rain and EGLE wants to know what we are doing to correct that," he said.

"In case of overflow, anything over 8.5 million gallons per day would bypass the main plant and not receive secondary treatment which is a biological process that removes dissolved and suspended organic compounds," he said. "In order to achieve a high effluent quality of water, we must meet the parameter on our discharge permit," he said.


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