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City okays contract to purchase lift station backup pumps

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The City of Brooksville will have a more reliable way to bolster its system of lift stations now that the City Council has unanimously approved a more than $600,000 contract in order to purchase diesel-operated by-pass pumps to back-up emergency systems in the event of a power failure.

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“The city currently has 26 lift stations (that) traditionally operate off electric pumps, and we need to have a back-up in the event of a power failure,” Public Works Director Paul Booth told the panel during its regular April 3 meeting. “Traditionally, we’ve operated off back-up generators (and) some of the generators that are out there have failed, we believe the by-pass pumps are much more efficient and effective means of doing things.”

Under the $616,577.50 contract, the Winter Haven-based Coastal Pump & Equipment would provide eight 4-inch skid-mounted diesel, one 6-inch trailer-mounted diesel, and two 8-inch skid-mounted diesel bypass pumps.

Purchasing the pumps would save the city money over the long term, Booth said. “During a recent emergency, our total rental amount on the emergency by-pass was right around $14,000,” Booth said. “By purchasing these pumps, we will now have a backup system on all our lift stations.”

Revenue for the contract would be derived from the $4,289,311 awarded to the city by the American Rescue Plan Act (APRA) to alleviate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This is just another example of ways we’re using those dollars to build back infrastructure that is much needed in the city,” said Mayor Blake Bell.

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Members of the Council approved the contract by a 5-0 margin.

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