Cost still a problem for water tank plan

LISBON – The village is dusting off a 1999 plan to install an elevated water storage tank that would increase pressure to customers in the north end of town, but cost still remains the problem.

Jon Blair from the Calcutta engineering firm of Dallis Dawson & Associates met this week with the village Board of Affairs to review an revised plan that includes additional work to accommodate the significant development that has occurred in the Saltwell Road area over the past 15 years.

The revised plan calls for replacing the 350,000 gallon standpipe storage tank with a 500,000 gallon elevated pedestal-style tank that would stand about 150 feet high. The plan also includes construction of a new pump station on Saltwell Road.

The original plan called for keeping the standpipe, adding a 200,000 gallon elevated storage tank and construction of a new pump station.

The revised plan, which includes system improvements for the Saltwell Road area to accommodate the new developments, has a price tag of $2.3 million, which left the BPA members and officials with the same problem they faced in 1999: Lack of funding.

“The question has always been where does the money come from,” asked Mike Ours, senior water plant operator.

Blair said how to fund the project is an issue that would have to be addressed before the BPA decides whether to proceed with a full-blown engineering study. He also said they could also begin checking into whatever state and federal government funding sources may be available to help pay for the project.

Officials indicated it might be in the village’s best interest to act now to save money rather than continue delaying. “Each time we keep putting it off the cost just keeps going up,” Ours said.

Blair indicated he would return for the BPA’s next meeting to review possible funding sources with them.

In other action, the BPA renewed its annual agreement with the Pall Corp. for maintenance of village’s sophisticated microfiltration system at the water treatment plant. The cost is $12,264, which entails twice a year on-site inspections.

The BPA also agreed to purchase a Root Rat for $1,200, which is a device used to cut out and remove roots that have infiltrated water and sewer lines.