10 million gallons of water now on tap in Green Forest

Thursday, December 29, 2005
John Summers, Carroll-Boone district manager, and John Clark, project manager of Advance Tank and Construction Company, are dwarfed by the new, five-million-gallon water storage tank at Pine Mountain.

green forest -- The new five-million-gallon water tank, erected next to its twin on Pine Mountain southeast of Green Forest, has been filled, and John Summers, Carroll-Boone district manager, said that he has sent samples of the water to the state health department for testing.

"This tank was built for capacity," he said. "With it, we can store twice as much water."

If, for any reason, water could not be pumped to the tanks, the stored water available wouldn't last 24 hours with the original tank.

"Most cities have enough tanks to last 48 hours without water being pumped in, and now with our 10-million-gallon storage we do, too," said Summers.

The water is pumped to the tanks from the Carroll-Boone processing plant at Beaver Lake, which pipes it to the communities of Eureka Springs, Berryville, Green Forest, Alpena, Harrison, and the Southwest Boone County Rural District.

On Tuesday, Dec. 20, Summers began filling the tank with about 180 pounds of dry chlorine mixed with water. Then after 24 hours, he released the valve and the water was free to flow.

The two tanks will work together. "There is an electronic signal from the original tank that tells me how much is in it," said Summers. "Of course, water is the best natural leveler in the world so we know it will be within an inch of each other."

John Clark is the project manager of Advance Tank and Construction Company out of Wellington, Colo.

Although, Clark was in charge of designing the tank, submitting it to the engineering firm (McGoodwin, Williams, and Yates of Fayetteville), purchasing the steel, fabricating the steel, supporting the foundation, wiring the electrical aspects, and seeing the entire process through, he said the hardest part was the painting.

"It has the most weather constraints, either the humidity is too high, or it's too cold, or raining, or windy. You have to have perfect environmental conditions," said Clark.

Water tanks can last a hundred years, said Clark. "You can either make it look good or look bad."

Precautions have greatly increased in the industry since 9/11. All water tanks are fenced in with locks on the gates, and anti-climb devices have been installed.

"Even the ladder to the water tank has been elevated 12 to 15 feet so you would have to tote your own ladder out there to just get on it," said Clark.

Ladder shields have also been designed to cover the steps.

The Carroll-Boone tanks are no exception. Summers said he has not just locked the lid, but also put a pad lock on the entrance to the ladder.

The city of Harrison has recently hired Clark to take down an old concrete tank and replace it with a 750,000-gallon steel one on the corner of Spruce and Sherman.

"We should start that one in the early Spring," he said.

Summers is waiting for the test results, and hopes to have the tank in use before the first of the year.

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