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Cooler water could come to Poth
City to spend $400K on new tower
POTH -- Hot water coming out of the cold side of faucets here during the dog days of summer could become a thing of the past, with the installation of a new above-ground storage tank approved by the Poth City Council at its Nov. 18 meeting.
Mayor Paul Martinez said following the meeting that the city will spend $400,000 for Lexana, Kan.-based CST Industries to install the tank.
Public Works Supervisor Kenneth “Buck” Griffin said the water tower will be installed to equalize the city’s current tower. The new tank’s capacity will be between 1.2 and 1.5 million gallons, which will give the opportunity for greater retention time. This, Griffin said, will allow more time for the water to cool.
Poth’s water is pumped from the ground at 128 degrees Fahrenheit. Under peak demand in the summer months, the current tank’s size does not allow for sufficient storage time. Thus, there is not enough time to cool the water before it is needed, which is why Griffin said even cold water can come out of the faucet at 95 degrees.
Also during the meeting, the council and City Engineer Dean Bayer heard concerns from Voges Street residents about ongoing drainage problems. The street is among those currently undergoing repairs as part of the city’s ongoing streets-maintenance initiative.
“They want to ensure new drainage will properly disperse the water where it needs to go,” Martinez said. “As the city, we ensured them that as Voges Street is repaved, proper low-water crossings will be placed in areas that will allow for proper drainage.”
In other business, the council:
•Tabled its discussion about dispatch services the city’s police department currently receives from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, pending a meeting in which the two parties will determine what the city should pay for police and fire dispatch.
•Appointed Carlton Pape to fill a vacancy on the Poth Planning and Zoning Commission.
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