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Council agrees on new water storage facility
Welded tank part of Island City’s planned $3 million upgrade
ISLAND CITY — Island City residents today have a clearer idea of what their water system will look like after it receives an anticipated $3 million upgrade.
The Island City City Council voted unanimously on Monday to select a welded 500,000-gallon tank to add to the city’s upgraded water system. The tank will look much like the welded one now in place on Walton Road, one which will continue being used once the proposed upgrade is completed.
The city council had the option of selecting a less expensive bolted steel tank instead of a welded tank. Despite the lower cost, councilors agreed bolted tanks do not look as nice because of their exposed bolts and seams, something the councilors felt was important since the new water tank will be in a highly visible area.
“In high visibility areas I think we should have something that looks good. It will be around homes and people who drive by every day,” said Island City Councilman Kevin Bradshaw.
Welded tanks are essentially many sheets of metal welded together, and no seams can be seen on them.
“They are a continuous sheet of metal,” said David Wildman, a project engineer with Anderson Perry & Associates, the firm serving as the engineer for the water project.
The additional new storage tank will be supplied by a well, which will be drilled as part of the water system upgrade. The well is needed because only one of Island City’s wells is providing a substantial amount of water.
With essentially only one well, Island City does not have a backup system if the current well breaks down, leaving the city at risk of running dry.
Plans for the water system upgrade call for more than the addition of a well and storage facility. New pipes would also be purchased and installed to replace aging ones. In many cases the pipes would replace smaller ones, improving water flow for some residents.
The project would be funded by a $3 million USDA Rural Development loan Island City applied for in 2013. Wildman said the loan application is now being reviewed by the federal government and all indications are that the loan will be granted.
The city’s proposed upgrades to the water plan are being designed for a population of 1,786. Island City’s population now stands at about 1,000, giving the city part of the infrastructure needed to accommodate future growth.
“It will help the city meet the demands it will face in the next 20 years,” Wildman said.