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New system means more water pressure for MS

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

With over 600 water customers, the city of Mammoth Spring has decided to add more pressure and storage to the current ground water system.

"It's been needing to be done for some time, we just didn't have the money," Pace said. "The tank has been serving us well. He had a inspection of the tank about 5 years ago and found no major problems with it, but this is just going to help the tank last much much longer and the fact that we are going to be able to increase the amount of storage we have is going to impact everything in the town."

Now with two wells and those wells on generators, we may not need more storage, but if both those wells were to go down at the same time, it is nice to know that we will have plenty of ground storage for our people for a couple of days.

It's just something you have to look at every two years and the health department is preparing to pass new regulations that this is something you are going to have to have done more often.

Renovations to the tank include draining it, the inside sandblasted and epoxied. An 8-foot ring will be added to the top, which will increase the storage capacity. The outside will also be sandblasted and repainted with the City's name on it.

Adding an 8-foot ring will give the city the addition storage and it will give those residents that currently have low water pressure, more pressure, according to Pace.

Pace also said that the cost of the renovations are taken care of at no cost to the residents.

"In April the city paid off the loan on the original sewer plant and with the city down to just one loan which cut the payments in almost half, the city was able to get a loan from the USDA. The payment will be less and $1,000 a month and with the city will end up having to chip in only $13,000 which we have the funds for." Pace said.

The winning construction bid was by Leher Construction of Mayflower, Ark. with the winning bid of under $90,000. The total project was estimated to cost around $125,000, leaving the city $47,000 in the loan which the city decided to use towards adding the ring to the tower.

"It will be a little inconvenient for the city and for the employees because we are going to have to watch our wells and the fact that we are going to have to leave them running all the time and have water running out on the ground, but it's things like that, projects that you just have to do and in the long run this inconvenience will well pay off in the long run."

During the construction residents shouldn't see any changes in their current water pressure but the city will have several hydrants with the blow off valves open that will be release water as the pressure builds up.

"It's going to be well worth it in the long run."

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