Water System Project Updates – January 9, 2024

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 9th, 2024

The Town currently has two ongoing projects and one completed project, all focused on improvements to the water system:

  1. Water Pumps Rehab Project – Beginning the week of January 15, 2024, our water contractor (A.C. Schultes) will be running a battery of tests on Pump #2 and the following week on Pump #3. These tests will assess the capability and condition of each pump, determine what cleaning and/or parts replacement is needed and perform said maintenance to the pumps. The project is being overseen by engineers from Verdantas. The funding for this project is the ARPA federal funding we received in CY 2021. 
  2. Water Storage Tank Planning Project – Our current water storage tank is approaching 100 years of age and needs to be replaced by a newer, larger and taller version. Since last fall the large lot on East Main Street that contains Pump House #2 has been extensively surveyed and investigated by engineers with Verdantas. This site has been deemed appropriate for the new tower and, although we do not yet have funding for a new tower, we are using Capital Improvement Funding provided by the State of Delaware to support this planning piece of the larger project. Discussions are ongoing as to available funding to cover the cost of the new tower itself which would likely run over $2,000,000. 
  3. Regular scheduled cleaning and maintenance of the existing water tower was just completed by our vendor Southern Corrosion. It involved emptying and cleaning of the tank, which holds approx 50,000 gallons of water for the use of residents and the fire service. 

We continue to work to provide the best possible water to our customers. Thank you. 

Town of Magnolia