New water pump fails during flooding
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
May 11, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the raw water pumps bringing water from Lake Barkley to the Barkley Lake Water Plant shut down early Thursday morning, most likely due to the flooding.

That is what Barkley Lake Water District Manager Terry Goins said at Monday afternoon’s Barkley Lake Water Board meeting. He also said it was the new one that was installed months ago, and not the one that was installed in 1989, that went out.

“We still don’t know for sure” why the pump stopped working, Goins said.

The board agreed that for the time being, they should wait until the water comes down to see if they have to replace the unit. Goins said that with the water going down, by Friday or Saturday National Water crews should be able to get to the unit to look at it, as there’s a platform that the crews can stand on. From that platform, they’ll be able to pull the pump out and test it, added Goins.

The raw water pumps bring water from Lake Barkley to the water district’s treatment plant, which makes the water drinkable for the district’s 5,100 customers.

One of the reasons they’re hesitant to replace it is because the pump, which costs about $6,000, was just installed a few months ago, and when the water plant expansion project is complete, they will be using a different type of raw water pump, said Water Board Chairman Scott Bridges.

“I hope I’m doing the right thing here,” Goins said. “It’s a tough call. We have to hustle. We have to do something fast.”

Goins told the board that he meets with people from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Thursday morning, as the breakdown is almost certainly flood-related. He said that if FEMA reimbursed them for the cost of a new water pump, they might just replace it, although he acknowledged that said reimbursement might take a while.

Goins said that while the older pump is still holding on, it probably wouldn’t if school were already out. The pump that was replaced three months ago was as old as the one that is still functioning, he added.

Bridges said that if it came to it and the other pump failed, they have irrigation pumps and backup pumps and could also use fire trucks to help pump water, although those would all be temporary solutions at best to a worst case scenario.

Goins said the situation would have to be drastic to pull fire trucks to help pump water, as he doesn’t want to impair the fire departments’ abilities to respond to fires, and he also said that he would rather just rent a pump from Clarksville.

“Let keep our fingers crossed,” said Water Board Member Mike Hyde.

The Cadiz Public Works Department has agreed to pump water from its storage tanks to the county if necessary, said Goins, who also said that the reverse is true.
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