“We’re pretty good at figuring out ways to make do,” Hapke said. “That’s not really ideal. Ideal would be to have backup equipment installed and ready to go. These are some of the things this project will address.”
During Phase I, a small generator was replaced. The old generator serviced the hospital from 1964 until it was donated to the city in 1982. It was taken out of service in 2010.
“Now we have a new generator,” Hapke said.
If there was a power outage, the old generator would keep the lights on, but that’s about it. Hapke said the new generator is about 10 times as powerful.
“This is a useful generator,” Hapke said. “It will run the plant.”
Many of the old elements of the machinery do not have backups and could cause serious issues for Norman’s water supply if they went out.
Even some of those that are redundant, such as the chlorine feeders, need to be replaced. The chlorine feeders are 33 years old, well past their 22-year life span.
“We do good maintenance and that keeps things working, but eventually you can’t do anymore,” Hapke said.
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