The ambitious plan, which the Water Board hopes will be funded no later than April of 2006, calls for extensive modifications at the water source, improved filtration and chemical treatments for the water, extensive new pipes to carry the water and an elevated water tank, of either 1 or 1.5 million gallons in volume.
Earlier in the April 10, 2006 meeting, the board discussed, but took no action upon limiting new water lines that served only a few customers before terminating. New regulations require more rapid turnover within the pipes to prevent chlorine from breaking down and releasing a contaminant in the water. The board admitted as a whole, this would mean fewer new subscribers within the water district were this enacted, but acknowledged that they had a duty to provide safe potable water. As the new standards require more extensive monitoring of the water supply, and potentially discarding of water in a purging process, the board also said this could mean a potential rate increase, but it was uncertain what the impact would be.
The water board’s engineering consultant, Ricky Oakley said that the proposed improvements would vastly increase the current water reserve, and allow the district to serve the needs of Cadiz, Stewart County, TN, and possibly be sold as a commodity to surrounding communities as a source of revenue.
The board is in pursuit of two grants, at a value of $1 million each to help defray some of the costs.
The cost to customers, if the funding was raised as a loan only would be $1.40 per thousand gallons of water purchased.
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