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Water tank passes inspection

Published November 17. 2010 05:00PM

Summit Hill's water tank is in good shape with no major issues, Summit Hill Water Authority officials learned during last evening's monthly meeting. Authority Engineer Mike Tirpak related the findings of the recent inspection performed by Preferred Tank and Tower, Inc of Evansville, Indiana.

"The video of the inside of the tank looks good," Tirpak told officials. He explained a remote controlled submarine with mounted cameras was used to inspect the inside of the tank. "There were some minor items the inspector listed on a report that would be necessary to be OSHA compliant, but they were not violations just suggestions for making things better."

Tirpak said the inspector's company which specializes in tanks will be providing a free estimate on the items mentioned in the report as well as what it would cost to add rings to the tank. Some of the items mentioned in the report include replacing the tank with a larger one, painting the tank and making the suggested alterations as mentioned by the inspector.

Adding rings to the tank refers to removing the top of the tank and adding extra tank sections to the container. Tirpak explained by doing this it increases the amount and depth of the water which will in turn increase pressure in the system. Ten feet of tank height is equivalent to adding 4.3 pounds per square foot of pressure to the system.

He mentioned that while the board will be receiving estimates for the items in the report, many of those items would need to be placed out for bids if they authority decided they wanted to pursue the items.

Tirpak also informed the board that the timbering operation is now into the second contract and suggested that the authority's work crew should monitor the situation regularly to make sure the operation is proceeding on schedule. It was estimated the company is able to haul about four loads per day or 20 loads per week. He suggested periodic checks just to make sure everything is going according to the plans. Vice Chairman Robert Collevechio asked if the authority was finally going to see some profit from the operation. "When they get further in the process, we should start seeing income from the operation," he answered.

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