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Jackson water storage tank project pays off

Wed 11-18-2020

A recent City of Jackson project has already had a major payback in less than one year.  City Administrator Matt Skaret talks about why the city constructed a new water storage tank…Skaret water tank cut 1 

“Well, we actually had a study done by SEH engineering firm back in 2013on our water distribution system and where our weaknesses are and what we need to improve and one of the many things outlined in that study was the need for increased above ground capacity and that was really borne out with the fire we had at Burger King.”

 

Skaret says any project is designed for this type of event…Skaret water tank cut 2

“When we design any kind of infrastructure system, whether it be a water system, or a sewer system, or electrical or even storm sewer, you’re not designing it just for the regular day-to-day use, you’re designing it for the peak capacity and what the peak demands are.  You might only have that peak demand once a year or every other year, but you still need to have the infrastructure to meet that peak demand and that’s exactly what the water storage tank project did.”

  

The new tank allowed capacity to meet the demand of the fire without affecting the rest of the community…Skaret water tank cut 3

“We’re using hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in a very short order and with the fire that we had on Friday night at Burger King, we were able to meet the demand and not disrupt the water supply for the rest of the town.”

 

Skaret outlines another advantage the project gave the city…Skaret water tank cut 4

“Not only providing the water to meet the peak demand, but it’s also replenishing that supply.  When we’re using hundreds and hundreds of thousands of gallons of water in a very short order, well it takes time to replenish that supply and also with the water storage tank project that we did, we increased our pump capacity, our water plant can make 500 gallons of water per minute.  Under the old system, we were making about 285 gallons per minute, so we can recover that water that we used in short order a lot faster and not disrupt the water supply for the rest of the town.”

 

Skaret also pointed the new tank has a capacity of 500,000 gallons, where the old tank only had a capacity of 200,000 gallons.