At the Monett City Council's advisory board meeting last week, Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch reported two water-related projects presently underway.
When the water tower by Lowe's was installed, plans called for placing the southeast corner of town on a separate part of the water system kept under higher pressure. The higher elevation on the southeast corner has resulted in lower water pressure than the rest of the system.
International Dehydrated Foods increased its water usage after the high-pressure section was established. Consequently, Rauch said there was not enough water to keep IDF and EFCO on the high-pressure service.
Rauch said he is working on upgrading the well at the old ice plant at the east end of Broadway and running a 12-inch main from the well to Chapell Drive. Once completed, the new connection will enable a loop that hooks the wells by the ice plant and the Tyson hatchery with the well by Lowe's onto a high-pressure section. The three wells together will enable EFCO and IDF to get the high-pressure water.
The sewer system, Rauch reported, has a serious maintenance issue. A 15-inch sewer main, which was installed back in Monett's railroad days, runs under the railroad tracks near Second and Front streets. A manhole on the main has been covered by railroad tracks and has only been uncovered once in recent decades. A camera fed into the sewer main showed the line was badly deteriorated. Collapse of the line would impact the entire north side of town, Rauch said.
Bids have been opened, ranging from $70,000 to $90,000. Rauch said boring under the railroad tracks to install a new 18-inch sewer main will cost $50,000 of that amount. The city council will have to pick a contractor, but has six bids from which to choose, he said.
Once a new sewer main is installed, the old main will be abandoned, Rauch said. Acting now, Rauch added, will result in "averting a potential disaster." The new line will be placed near Main Street Feeds.