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Stafford Spending $101,340 on Modems for Waste Water Pump Stations

By Potomac Local September 2, 2014 8:00 am

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One of Stafford County's 89 pump stations. [Photo: Stafford County Government]

One of Stafford County's 89 pump stations. [Photo: Stafford County Government]

STAFFORD, Va. – Computers, your cell phone and, yes, even waste water pump stations rely on transmitting data wirelessly.  

Stafford County is giving $101,340 to Sterling Engineering Solutions – the sole bidder on a project, according to county documents — to replace modems on 89 waste water pumping stations at various locations around the county.

The radio modems currently in use transmit information from the stations back to a central computer. But, those modems are over 10 years old and are no longer compatible with newer equipment purchased in recent years, according to county documents.

At the cost of about $1,139 per new modem, the county will pay about 27% more for the modems than they did 10 years ago. The winning bidder will install the modems and help Stafford County’s utilities department workers bring them online.

Prior to the modems, utilities workers had to collect data the old-fashioned way: they actually had to drive out to wastewater collection stations for maintenance, stated county spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht in an email.

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors approved the contract at their August 19 meeting.

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