Farmington Water Department to hold informational meeting on reservoir replacement

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FARMINGTON — Farmington Water Department (Farmington Village Corp.) will hold an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, at their 137 High Street office, to discuss the replacement of the existing earthen water reservoir on Powder House Hill.

A preliminary report was issued last summer by Dirigo Engineering of Fairfield. It outlined various alternatives for replacing or repairing the reservoir which has been in service since 1936. Representatives of the company will be at the meeting.

As FVC’s primary water storage facility, the 5 million gallon reservoir had a synthetic liner and floating cover added in 1977. The liner has outlived its useful life; the cover is approaching the end of its useful life and has been patched numerous times.

District assessors have chosen the construction of a new 2.5 million gallon cylindrical wire-wound, pre-stressed concrete reservoir immediately adjacent to the existing reservoir off Anson Street.

Construction is expected to begin this summer. Once the new reservoir is completed, the old one will be drained, the liner removed and the reservoir void will be filled or graded smooth for site stability.

Construction costs are expected to exceed $2.5 million and the assessors are pursuing a loan agreement for funding through the Maine Rural Water program. The project will also require an application to the Maine Public Utilities Commission for a water rate increase to fund the construction costs.

The assessors anticipate the rate increase to water customers may be as much as 25 percent over current rates.

Project-summary information sheets are available at the Farmington Water Department.

For more information, call 207-778-4777.

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