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Albany utility commissioners tour facilities (VIDEO)

Two Water, Gas and Light Commission employees are recognized for rendering aid to a citizen

Two employees with the Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission, Blake Bobe and Vernon Walls, are recognized of rendering aid to a motorist in citations presented by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, who is also chair of the utility commission. (Video by Carlton Fletcher)


Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission Water Plant Superintendent Dennis Fuchs, left, explains operations in the control room of the utility’s water treatment plant to Hamp Smith and Mayor Dorothy Hubbard during a tour of the facilities Thursday morning. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission Water Plant Superintendent Dennis Fuchs, left, explains operations in the control room of the utility’s water treatment plant to Hamp Smith and Mayor Dorothy Hubbard during a tour of the facilities Thursday morning. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher)

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Albany Water, Gas & Light employees recognized for actions

Two employees with the Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission, Blake Bobe and Vernon Walls, are recognized of rendering aid to a motorist in citations presented by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, who is also chair of the utility commission. (Video by Carlton Fletcher)

Two employees with the Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission, Blake Bobe and Vernon Walls, are recognized of rendering aid to a motorist in citations presented by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, who is also chair of the utility commission. (Video by Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — Water, Gas & Light Commissioners were given a tour of the utility’s water treatment plant, maintenance department, and warehouse and purchasing facilities as part of a meeting held at WG&L’s Lily Pond Road operations offices Thursday.

Water Plant Superintendent Dennis Fuchs gave an overview of operations and answered questions about the treatment plant; Maintenance Supervisor Tripp Swilley did the same at his department’s facilities, and Assistant Purchasing Agent Mike Trotter gave the visitors an up-close look at warehouse and purchasing services.

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Dennis Fuchs, center, discusses water supplied by the city’s Water, Gas & Light Commission to Mayor Dorothy Hubbard as interim WG&L General Manager Tom Berry looks on. WG&L commissioners were given a tour of the utility’s Lily Pond Road facilities Thursday. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher)

“The members of the commission have been wanting to see what we do (at the facilities) on a daily basis, so this was the perfect opportunity to show them,” Trotter said of the tour that also included WG&L management staff and citizens who attended the meeting.

Fuchs said during a presentation in the laboratory at the treatment plant that the utility has the capacity to pump 36 million gallons of water per day but that it currently supplies between 18 and 19 million.

“So we can handle a significant amount of expansion before we’re near capacity,” he said.

Fuchs also said, in response to a question by retired Albany State University football coach Hamp Smith, that water at the plant is taken from underground aquifers but that surface water from the Flint River could actually be used if there was a need. The plant superintendent also said the planned water tower in West Albany, which will alleviate water pressure issues in that section of the community, would be monitored at the Lily Pond Road facility.

Prior to the tour of WG&L facilities, Assistant General Manager for Operations Keith Goodin and Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, who serves as de facto chair of the WG&L board, recognized employees Blake Bobe and Vernon Walls for rendering aid to a citizen who was involved in a traffic accident. The pair were awarded certificates by Hubbard.