In 2014, the Commission upgraded its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, the computerized control system used to operate West Parish Filters Water Treatment Plant.
A SCADA system is an industrial computer which consists of both hardware and software components. The Treatment Plant Operators control treatment processes, monitor treatment plant operations, and collect data for reporting using the SCADA system.
The previous SCADA system was outdated and increasingly difficult to maintain due to scarcity of replacement parts, many of which were discontinued by the manufacturers. The new SCADA system resolved this issue, and provided additional features to optimize treatment plant operations. The new SCADA system is tailored to provide full control access from various locations within the treatment plant, expand data storage capacity, improve data protection and backup, enhance alarms and security, improve functionality, and provide redundancy.
The new system was phased in to allow for continued operation of the treatment plant without interruption. The project was completed in 2014 at a cost of $1.6 million.