Ohio County looks at plan for monitoring water

Portage County commissioners yesterday discussed a $1.3 million automated monitoring system for the county's water- and sewage-treatment systems.

The computerized system would be installed at four water plants, 10 sewage treatment plants, 27 pump stations and five water tanks.

Nearly one-third of the cost would come from state grants and credits; the remainder would come from operating revenue from the county's water- and sewage-treatment plants.

Harold G. Huff, director of the county's water resources, said the system would replace an archaic monitoring system. The new system would save money, such as precluding the hiring of another employee whose salary and benefits would total $40,000 a year, Huff said.

Commissioners are expected to seek bids for the system later this month.