Councilors seek used generator for water treatment plant
The Grants Pass City Councilors during their Wednesday meeting decided to seek the purchase of a portable generator for the water treatment plant at a cost not to exceed $140,000.
On Christmas Day 2010, the water treatment plant had a 12 hour power failure and the plant, which has never had backup power, nearly ran out of clean water.
Councilors funded the project in 2012 to buy a generator and Public Works Director Terry Haugen approached council with three options. Staff could purchase a used generator that would be placed on a trailer for a total cost of $230,000, the purchase of a new portable generator for a cost of $320,000 or the purchase of a permanent generator installation for the cost of $308,000.
Councilors debated over whether or not a quality used generator could be located but Haugen said he would be certain to send a mechanic to check out any possible purchases. Councilors also felt the portable generator would be more ideal than a permanent installation because the new water treatment plant is being built at another location and the mobile unit would allow the generator to be used in other potential emergency situations.