Flood warning on pumps

LISMORE desperately needs to upgrade the switchboard that controls the CBD’s water pumps before the next flood, the general manager of Richmond River Valley County Council, Kyme Lavelle, has told councillors.

He later told The Northern Star that a new switchboard was critical to ensure both pumps worked at the optimal rates and did not overheat, as happened in the May flood.

“We absolutely need the upgrade before we have another flood,” he said.

Following the May flood, two members of Lismore City Council’s Flood Plan Management Committee – Keith Graham and Graham Askey – were critical of the overheating of the pumps.

During those critical hours when the water threatened to breach the levee, only one pump could be used at a time to allow the other one to cool down.

The new switchboard, which will cost about $90,000, will regulate the pumps at variable speeds, meaning they will be less likely to overheat.

Mr Lavelle told councillors on Tuesday night the single-speed pumps, which were upgraded about two years ago, still worked.

The overheating problem would be fixed by the new switchboard.

Richmond River County Council would help with forward funding of the project, if it was backed by Lismore Council, he said.

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