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Stolen Computer Controlled Town's Water System




Stolen Computer Controlled Town's Water System
Stolen Computer Controlled Town's Water System



http://www.kptv.com/news/22964989/detail.html 

Fox 12
KPTV.com
March 26,2010

MOLALLA, Ore. -- The theft of a computer from Molalla's water treatment 
facility is being considered a federal crime by authorities.

Someone broke into the water plant Saturday night and stole the 
computer, which was what kept the plant working on auto pilot. Water 
service to Molalla has not been affected, but workers must operate the 
plant the old-fashioned way.

"It has to be manually run and also inspected (so) visual checks can be 
made," said Marc Howatt, the city's public works director.

The thieves broke into the water plant through a back window. Once 
inside, Howatt said, the thief triggered a motion detector and an 
on-call manager rushed to the facility and found the front door open and 
one of the computers gone.

The computer contained software that monitored the water pumps, 
reservoir and chlorine levels.

"The software enables ease of operation," Howatt said. "It allows the 
operator to log onto a screen and see what's happening with the plant at 
any given time during the day."

The following day, workers found the computer in a pond on the property. 
City officials said it's destroyed, but a technician is trying to 
salvage the hard drive and the costly programming on it.

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