It seems you can do just about anything with a cell phone these days. From controlling home appliances to starting cars, cell phones have become universal controllers. The Village of Lindsay (pop. 255), took advantage of this technology and implemented a new well system whose water-blending process is controlled from a mobile device, thereby providing cleaner and safer water for the community. Nitrate levels from the old well system were registering too high, posing health risks to infants and pregnant women. A new well system was an absolute must for the community. The total project cost for a new well and water- blending system was estimated at $629,050, of which $250,000 CDBG funds awarded by DED. The remaining $379,050 was financed by the Village of Lindsay and the Nebraska Health and Human Services Revolving Loan Fund.
The project involved multiple parts. There was the need for a new well, which would be drilled on one acre of land. A test well was drilled in 2012, deeming it adequate in quantity and quality for a municipal well. Along with the new well was the need for 7,800 feet of new water transmission main. This new main connects the new well to the existing water tank and distribution system. There was a new waterblending system installed that controls all wells, and manages both the quantity and quality of water pumped in the storage tanks and distribution system. The Village of Lindsay owns and operates the new well, transmission main, and water-blending equipment.
The mobile application of the well was installed by Hydro Optimization and Automation Solutions (HOA Solutions) of Lincoln, Nebraska. It controls all well systems via cell phones or computers. The app also lets officials remotely view any alarms, and change controls for operations and levels. The old system relied on shining lights to alert workers to problems which meant a worker needed to be on sight to see the light. Now the mobile app alerts, notifies and explains the issues through cell phones. It also remotely controls and sets the blending levels, adjusting the gallons per minute and controlling the amount of nitrates.
The community of Lindsay has had the new well system up and running since April 2015. The blending has been going well, according to Lindsay Village Clerk John Haynes. The water is safely under the maximum contamination level for nitrates, thereby improving the safety and well-being for the people of Lindsay. The Nebraska CDBG, Water/Waste Water category, provided funding to communities to create and improve lagoons, water sewer systems, lift stations, and wastewater treatment facilities. Between the years 2011-2015, over $5.2 million was granted to 19 communities, including Bee, Harrison, Ashton, Haigler and Merriman.