By Jack Gurner
The reliability of the Water Valley electrical infrastructure went up considerably after the Electric Department put new transformers on-line Sunday morning at the north substation.
The equipment was a gift from the University of Mississippi, according to Joe Newman, manager of the Water Valley Electric Department.
“We got three transformers and the circuit breakers to go with them, thanks to the late Steve Moore and the university,” Newman said. “We got about a million dollars worth of equipment.”
Moore, a Water Valley resident who retired as assistant superintendent of power line for the physical plant department at Ole Miss, arranged for the gift of the electrical equipment that was being removed from service at the university.
Power was out from midnight Saturday until around 4 a.m. Sunday morning for the switchover.
By doing the work themselves, the Electric Department saved the taxpayers a considerable amount of money.
Newman said he had all of the equipment tested and had two engineering firms look at and approve the plans.
The 4.1 kV substation serves all the businesses west of Main St. and about 35 percent of the residential population of the city in an area from Lee to Dupuy Streets.
The original substation was built in the 1960s and all the hardware is beginning to wear out.