Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
The Manhasset-Lakeville Water District has started the first phase of rehabilitation on the interior and exterior of the district’s elevated water storage tank in the Village of Thomaston. The project will include repairs to the steel superstructure, sandblasting, and the application of new coatings on the tank. The restoration work began this month, and is expected to last through the early part of next year.
The water district presented the proposal for this project to the public at a hearing in August of last year, and the bond issue passed in November of 2008. The total estimated cost of the project is $3.5 million, which will translate into a $1 cost per month for the average homeowner over the next 10 years.
“This one million gallon tank has seen its share of wear and tear through the years. The new protective coatings and repairs are necessary,” said Robert J. DeVito, chairman, Board of Water Commissioners of the Manhasset-Lakeville Water & Fire District. “The ongoing rehabilitation is a critical part of extending the longevity of the tank, and is a major capital investment. This project will assure our ability to continue providing our residents with a safe and consistent water supply.”
The water district believes the storage tank rehabilitation will have very little impact on the community. While the work is being done, the tank will be encapsulated in a tarp, which will enclose the entire construction area. All work is being monitored by an oversight team.
Commissioner DeVito added, “Since the tank is critical to the district’s ability to operate the water supply system, every effort will be made to expedite the work.”
In order to maintain water capacity for the community while this storage tank is off-line, the water district is taking a number of steps to ensure that service is not interrupted, including increased monitoring and increased hours by operators at various pumping stations at other facilities and relying more heavily on the district’s Munsey Park tank.
The Manhasset-Lakeville Water District welcomes questions about the project; for more information, contact Superintendent Paul Schrader at 516-466-4415.