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21st century water mapping in the pipeline

The village of Millerton is well on its way to having a completed map of its water system. This might not sound like a big deal, but it is.

That’s because once the entire water district is documented, the water operator and working supervisor can more easily pinpoint trouble spots: leaks, breaks, ruptures, etc.

That information, in turn, can help the village address problems quickly, and get residents their water back in a timely fashion. Just think about the headaches involved when dealing with no water: showering, washing dishes, cooking, drinking — life without water is insurmountable. And let’s face it, life with very low water pressure is no walk in the park either.

By working with Tighe and Bond Environmental Engineer Erin Moore, the Village Board is learning the details of how to successfully map a water district. Moore has been attending board meetings recently, explaining why mapping, scanning, uploading and archiving the information is so useful.

If the mapping project goes according to plan, when the water operator or one of his workers is out in the field and discovers a leak, he’d be able to photograph and upload it to the water map. He would also be able to access its exact location electronically and, if possible, turn off the valve. Then, he’d be able to properly deal with the problem through a specific user account, managed by Tighe and Bond. The information would be archived for future reference. And, if out in the field, workers could call up that information to better assess whatever situation they’re facing. It’s high tech, super useful and a world ahead of Millerton’s existing water maps  — and we hope the plan can be put into action.

Millerton’s water works provides for the town of North East as well. Residents in the area depend on reliable water — and as few system breakdowns as possible. When things do go awry, they need to be fixed expediently.

Thanks to the village’s forward thinking and its willingness to spend a little money ($3,200) to move ahead with the water mapping project — and both the board’s and the water operator’s eagerness to learn how things run best — Millerton will soon have a more reliable, functioning mapped water system.