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Sistersville Implements Call System

By Staff | Aug 5, 2015

As a result of late night water breaks that left residences unaware that they would wake up to know water or unaware that there could be a boil order in affect, the village of Sistersville have implemented an automative call system.

The automative call system is very similar to the call system the many local schools use to alert parents of delays, snow days or other important events.

In an attempt to be proactive rather than reactive, a public meeting was held and the superintendent of the Tyler County Schools Robin Daquilante gave them the idea to use the call system.

“We are in the process of sending every bodies phone number to this call system that the school has and it will be incorporated into the Tyler County Emergency Management,” said Sistersville Mayor Bill Rice.

The next step is placing everyone’s number into the system. The numbers will be sorted by wards, when that particular ward has lost water, residence will receive a phone call, alerting them to this. The system will continue to call until someone answers or an answering machine picks up.

“If it is going to be a town-wide water outage, then it will call everybody’s number,” said Rice.

An emergency plan has already been sent out to the dispatchers as well.

Phone numbers have already been sent out to Tom Cooper be placed in the call system. It has been estimated that 25 percent of the more than 700 water customers still need to submit their numbers. Rice urges everyone to call the city building at 304- 652- 6361 to check if their number is one file. The numbers that are not currently on file will receive a notice. This call system will be put in place not only to help the residents but it is to benefit the local restaurants and businesses as well.

The call system setup date has not been determined as of right now