Water pressure on the way up

Sunday, January 29, 2012

GREEN FOREST -- Tapping into the Carroll-Boone Water District's line will mean better water pressure for the city's residents.

Green Forest is scheduled to connect to the Carroll-Boone Water District's line near the Green Forest water treatment plant, pending approval by the CBWD's attorney and review of plans by the engineering firm, McGoodwin, Williams and Yates, as well as the Health Department.

The CBWD supplies Eureka, Berryville, Green Forest, Alpena and Harrison with water.

"What the Eureka board did at their meeting last week was to allow us to put a tap on the line," Mayor Charlie Reece said. "It's now been approved and the engineers just have to verify what we're doing. The tap will allow for more pressure on the west side of town."

At the Dec. 12 council meeting in Green Forest, Joe Tarvin of Egis Engineering said that he is "cautious about the low water pressure."

One option that he presented to council entailed the installation of a six-inch waterline from the Carroll-Boone pipeline, which would cost $24,000 a year. The money for the installation will come from the city's special projects budget account, and the connection will be on city property.

"This will give us an opportunity to get more pressure and fresh water to the citizens," Reece added.

Tarvin later said "there are times when the plant uses a considerable amount of water. We've learned that when this happens, there is not adequate water supply to your plant through your three-inch line."

"Right now we are using the three-inch," Reece said. "We are going to put in a six-inch, then we will re-route it in order to get more water to the residents. I think that it will benefit everyone."

Reece added that he wanted to avoid spending $65,000, which is what additional equipment, such as pumps and pad construction, would have cost.

"Everything will be on city property," Reece said. "The meter is accessible by Carroll-Boone, which was a concern. I think it's going to work out well for everyone."

A large reason for the lack of pressure at the plant is because area turkey houses use a lot of water for cooling purposes.

Using greywater -- wastewater that's generated from domestic activities such as laundry, dishwashing and bathing, which can be recycled on-site -- at the treatment plant would have left more fresh water for city residents. Reece and council members had discussed that option recently, but have since changed their plans.

"The guys at the wastewater plant are good guys, they really know their business," Reece added. "They shut off some other lines and were able to increase the pressure.

"We found that we're not going to need the greywater," Reece said. "We will have enough water pressure to operate the sludge press without putting in the greywater."

Reece added last week's meeting in Eureka just allowed Green Forest to get the approval to tap into the CBWD line.

Green Forest Director of Public Works Buddy Fry said the timetable for the project will be mid to late summer.

"We have to take into account easements, the permits from the engineers and so on," he added. "It should be sometime during the summer."

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