ANDERSON — The Anderson Water Department is planning to replace the Rock Well in Lafayette Township to increase the per-minute pumping capacity of the well field.
The Anderson Board of Public Works approved a contract Tuesday with M.K. Betts Engineering for the construction of a new well at a cost of $413,219. The work should be completed in the spring of 2014.
Tom Brewer, superintendent of the water utility, said the original well has been in operation since 1967 and will be capped following state guidelines.
The new well will have the capability of providing 1,200 gallons per minute as compared to the 400 gallons per minute of the existing well, Brewer said. The new well will have a propane gas backup power supply.
Brewer said the first estimate was that the new well would provide 800 gallons per minute, but further study determined there was more water available in the well field.
In other business:
u Board members also approved a contract with Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering for a rating study of the city’s 317 miles of streets. The contract is not to exceed $30,000.
Mike Spyers, city engineer, said the study will involve an inventory of all city streets and their condition. It will rate each street on a scale of 1-to-10 and make recommendations for repairs and life expectancy.
He said the study will include a three-year cost estimate for needed repairs and upgrades to the streets.
u The board approved the purchase of two 2014 Jeep Patriot vehicles for the Engineering Department at a cost of $46,460. The low bid was submitted by the local Ed Martin Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealership.
The department received $12,500 as a trade-in allowance for three vehicles bringing the total cost to $33,960.
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