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PC water system issues reviewed

Friday, November 25, 2011

At their October meeting aldermen heard that Pierce City public works employees have spent a busy month repairing leaks in the water system.

The five main leaks, five service line leaks and one hydrant leak were discovered earlier this month by Westrum Leak Detection, Inc., of Stratford, Iowa.

In the survey provided by Westrum to aldermen, the estimated water loss from the 11 leaks totaled 17 million gallons annually. So far, six of the leaks have been repaired, according to Mayor Allen Stockton.

Once all the leaks have been repaired, the city will save over $10,000 a year.

In other business, Jeff Riekhof, of Clearwater Environmental, LLC., in Springfield, reported problems with the pump at the Monroe Street lift station. Repairs to the pump will run approximately $2,062, while a new pump will cost $2,490 and include a warranty.

Riekhof also worked with Andy Novinger, a professional engineer with Anderson Engineering, on the proposed ultraviolet light project at the wastewater treatment plant and at the main lift station.

Riekhof is also scheduling Hydro-Spec to inspect the city's water towers within the next few weeks. The project will involve each of the towers going off-line for at least one week.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12 at City Hall.



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