Pictures below show a Raked Bar Screen being hoisted into the sewer plant. It is replacing a Helisieve, both of which are types of solid/liquid wastewater separation units.
Today's power outage affected the entire city, plus at least an area north of town, and the city of Belvue. Shortly before the power was restored I was advised that Westar was estimating the power would be back on at 2:00 p.m. The power was restored at approximately 12:23 p.m.
I sent out two nixles regarding the electrical outage - I was 'victimized' by the autocorrect function on my tablet...Westar was changed to Westward...which I corrected, but then it was changed again...to Westwar...autocorrect tried to get me on the second nixle too, but, the ... saved me...
There was also a report that the outage only affected 1,o00 Westar customers - keep in mind that Westar considers the entire city as one (1) of its customers.
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week a couple people from the Kansas Power Pool will be in town to inspect the city's electrical distribution system. This is a service that the KPP offers to its members for free - and that the city has requested. The purpose of the inspection is to find problems. I believe the two individuals pictured below will be the inspectors.
The city uses some of these products - a humane wildlife control product - the company specializes in protecting electric power and communication lines...
The newly installed decorative street lights should come on tonight.
The city's new electrical metering point is the utility pole on the right. Cutting the power over from the Westar pole on the left is the reason for the 6:00 a.m. power outage on Saturday (24th). Although it appears like a simple project, the safety procedures in place to make sure the transmission lines are dead take time and the coordination of several crews.
Below is a 5-minute video that shows how a electric pole transformer is made.
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