This week, major repairs will begin at the Wessington Springs municipal water tank located by the water treatment plant in the city park. In place since 1963, city water superintendent Jim Vavra said that after an inspection in 2017, repairs are vital.
“We will drain, sandblast, fix and weld, re-coat it then do outside repairs,” Vavra said. “Inside and outside we will rehabilitate the tank and add safety features.”
The project, which began last fall but was not completed due to the onset of cold weather, is anticipated to take six to seven weeks. Due to this year’s wet weather conditions, outside watering isn’t anticipated to be a problem, but Vavra said that residents of Wessington Springs, now reliant on just one water tower until the project is completed, can help conserve water resources by limiting inside use. Examples include doing only large loads of laundry, completely filling a dishwasher before running it and taking shorter showers and baths.
At the December 27, 2017 city council meeting Suez/ Utility Service Company gave a presentation to the City Council regarding their proposal for a service maintenance contract for the City’s water tank. Following the presentation and questions, the council voted to enter into the service maintenance contract with Suez for the water tank by the City water plant. The annual cost will be $28,008 for five years and starting year six, the amount decreases to $11,570.00 with a cost of service increase which is capped at no more than 5%. The council unanimously agreed to the contract.