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Water improvement project proceeds

Friday, October 15, 2010

Monett Water Department crews are making steady progress laying pipes for a water system upgrade. Shown are Galen Hall, running the trackhoe, Alan Obermann on the left side of the trench box, and Vince Witt on the east side. Brad Duncan is just out of sight in the ditch. [Photo by Pete Rauch]
Work by the Monett Water Department to upgrade the city's water system is continuing at a steady pace. Crews are installing a massive new loop linking far sections of town with greater capacity and setting the infrastructure for a new treatment plant.

According to Utilities Superintendent Pete Rauch, the crew has been working north on Eisenhower Street across Kirby Krueger's property on the west side of the road. Both 16-inch ductile iron pipe and 10-inch C-900 plastic lines are being placed in the same ditch. Rauch said his crews will cross Eisenhower to head east with the 10-inch line when they reach the United Methodist Church property north of the Cloud farm. The smaller line will be temporarily capped while the crew continues north with the 16-inch line to Highway 37.

The big line will be laid east to the northeast corner of North Park to a booster pump station.

"From the pump station, the line will be reduced to a 12-inch diameter line and continue east approximately one and a half miles to Chapell Drive," Rauch said, "then back south to tie to an existing 12-inch line near east Cleveland." The 10-inch line will eventually be extended to the east and connected to well #12 east of the IOOF cemetery and will transport untreated well water back to the water treatment facility to be built on the old Rutherford Farm property in the next several years."

The project is funded by Recovery Zone Bond funds, which were part of the stimulus package from the federal government. The city received approximately $2.5 million in these funds at an interest rate of 3.57 percent.

"I am glad to get this money and reduce the size of the bond issue needed to fund the water treatment plant and the other water system improvements included in that overall project," Rauch added.

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