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Toledo to go high tech for water line breaks

March 5, 2014
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Water line breaks and other municipal water and sanitary sewer line problems may become a bit easier to deal with in Toledo soon. City council members voted Monday night, Feb. 24, to enter into an agreement which will make high-tech maps of the system available to city workers.

This will enable them to more quickly locate curb boxes, manholes and valve boxes according to Mark Zmolek, Public Works director. Water meter locations will also be included.

The count on water line breaks this winter in Toledo stood at 15 on Thursday morning Feb. 27. The sustained cold weather has been reported to be causing a high number of lines to break and fear is when the ground thaws it heaves which makes more breaks expected.

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Toledo city workers repair a break in Janauary at South County Road (U.S. Highway 63) and Myrtle Street. They counted 15 breaks as of last week which have occurred this winter. Chronicle file

The council contracted with Midland GIS, Maryville, Mo., to employ the Global Positioning System technology to identify the underground locations. The work will begin soon at a cost of $28,493.

In addition, a Geographic Information System (GIS) will be set up for both desktop computer and mobile use at a cost of $3,000. This also comes with an annual charge of $3,000 for website and mobile hosting.

The city will be supplied with web-based mapping, bound map books for city trucks and wall maps.

The issue of the underground system location was pointed up prior to this winter when, in the summer of 2013, a major water supply line broke in downtown



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