Construction of the SCADA Upgrades at the main pump station, three elevated tanks, and lift station at the Village of South Chicago Heights were financed by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF). The SRF program is administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and receives a portion of its money to fund these types of projects from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This project includes:
- Replacing obsolete programmable logic controllers (PLCs) at the existing pump station and elevated tanks
- Replacing obsolete radio communication system between the SCADA sites with a private cellular network
- Replacing three obsolete variable frequency drives (VFDs) located at the main pump station
- Installing a PLC at the lift station and integrating the lift station into the SCADA system
- Replacing the existing SCADA computer and software with new hardware/software and redeveloping the SCADA system graphics.
Once complete, it will improve the water system's reliability for area residents and businesses in the Village of South Chicago Heights by utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. SRF programs operate in each state to provide communities the resources necessary to build, maintain, and improve the infrastructure that protects one of our most valuable resources: water.