The Village of Pleasantville's Board of Trustees voted to spend up to $30,847 on generators last week.
"We are relatively fortunate in that most of our water system is a system fed by the natural pressure in the system—either gravity or the pressure provided by the water tanks," explained Mayor Peter Scherer. "But the route up Skytop requires a booster pump and we lost power to that booster pump during Hurricane Sandy."
The Village of Pleasantville shares a Millwood-based water treatment plant with the Town of New Castle.
Scherer said the booster station is what communicates the condition of the water in the Skytop neighborhood back to the plant.
The Town of Mount Pleasant temporarily loaned the village a generator on Saturday, Nov. 3 to keep power flowing to the station. See it in action here.
Scherer recalled last week, "...on a Saturday, we had to drag in what sounded like a old helicopter landing and keeping its engines on in order to keep water pressure up on Skytop."
The village received two bids for the generators and awarded the bid to Kinsley Power Systems. The Ridgeview Water Tank generator will cost $14,858, while the Skytop Booster Station generator comes in at $15,989.
Scherer said the $30,847 total is less than the $48,000 or so Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Econom had originally estimated.
"What this will allow us to do is—even in an extended power outage like we had in Sandy—maintain water pressure up to Skytop and maintain the electronic controls that control the whole system," said Scherer.