Engineering Consultant Ricky Oakley of GRW Engineering said that after discussion with board members, he realized a need to pump additional fresh water from the facility. Oakley said that recent increased demand made him realize that despite approved increases to raw water pumping and filtering, the facility was limited to two million gallons per day due to the size of present flocculation and sedimentation tanks. He noted that the current, two million gallon facility is operating at 80 percent of capacity to meet demand from residential customers, agricultural producers and wholesale buyers from Christian County and Stewart County, Tenn.
Oakley added that if the City of Cadiz purchases more water, or a major industrial customer comes to town, an increase to three million gallons make him “just as nervous.”
Commissioner R.C. Stallons said, “Right now, Cadiz is almost maxed out with their water supply. They may need more water.”
Commissioner Stanley Brimmer said that in the past, the district promised to provide Cadiz with 500,000 gallons of water, but that present demands made that unfeasible at this point.
Oakley also suggested that to facilitate construction of a new water tank at Pete Light Springs, the district could seek funding for the project from local sources. Currently, the USDA’s Rural Development Division requires the district to begin all projects within Phase One of the funded improvements simultaneously. The new tank would increase water pressure in the western portion of the county.
Commissioner Scott Bridges said that the district has $789,000 for the project and would need an additional $1.1 million to fund the tank.
Unsure of interest rates at local financial institutions or the availability of other grants and loans from Federal and state agencies, the commission voted to table both issues until next month to obtain additional information.
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