Water safety and power expansion topped the agenda at the LaFollette Utilities board meeting on Monday night.
LaFollette Utilities has long had the practice of certain businesses such as restaurants, funeral homes and hospitals being required to have a back flow prevention device installed to keep contaminants from being back flowed into the potable water system, according to LUB General Manager Kenny Baird.
While there were no changes to the policy, which was put in place in 1986, the state released an updated document clarifying procedure definitions and required the board to vote on and accept the updated policy.
“We’ve always had these state standards, this is just and actual written board approved policy,” explained Baird.
Baird also updated the board on the utility’s expansion projects.
He reported the $1.8 million transformer for the Davis Chapel expansion was delivered last week and had been moved to the area to be installed.
“The Doak’s Creek station is largely complete as well,” said Baird. He explained that while the station was nearly finished, it could not be energized until March due to weather.
He also reported some progress in the Red Hill area.
“We are getting ready to start some site work there as well,” stated Baird.
After the upgrades and expansions are complete, the power capacity will be boosted, resulting in less and shorter power outages.
“These substations we are building are going to help us tremendously with our power supply,” said Baird.