LAYTON — City leaders have given the green light to a water tank replacement on Oakridge Drive, which could potentially leave the city scrambling to properly allocate water on the east side until a new tank is in place.
The city council recently voted 5-0 to move ahead with construction of a two million-gallon water tank and pump station at 1950 E. Oakridge Drive.
The new tank will replace a 1.5 million-gallon tank that Director of Public Works Terry Coburn described as being deficient. Absolute Constructors Inc. was awarded the project bid for $1.8 million. Absolute was one of seven bidders for the job.
Coburn said there is some urgency to get the new tank in place by April 30 to handle water issues on the city’s east side. He said taking the old tank offline will require some maneuvering of water, but said the demand is less in the winter and will be less noticeable than it would be if the issue lingers into summer 2013.
“We’ll adjust the system to other storage facilities and pumps and water sources until the new tank is constructed and back in service,” Coburn said.
Besides taking out the old tank, the project also will involve abandoning two wells in the area and installing new water pipe, storm pipe and a pump house, as well as grading, asphalt and fencing.