OGDEN -- The city plans to put into service a new 300,000-gallon concrete tank at the top of 27th Street next month to significantly improve water pressure and fire protection along the East Bench.
In addition to the tank, a well also at the top of 27th Street has been rehabilitated to provide an additional 1,000 gallons per minute to Ogden's water system, said City Engineer Justin Anderson.
The tank and well together cost about $1.6 million and are being funded from $50 million in bonds issued in 2008 to complete myriad water- and sewer-improvement projects.
The tank has long been needed to improve fire protection and water pressure along the East Bench east of Buchanan Avenue from 26th Street to Malan Avenue, Anderson said.
City Councilman Brandon Stephenson said the new tank will be beneficial.
"It will take care of some water-pressure issues. It's one piece of the overall water master plan."
Currently, residents in the area have water pressure ranging from 30 to 60 pounds per square inch. The pressure depends on the elevation of their home on the hillside, as well as the operation of booster pumps used to move water from a tank on 23rd Street to a reservoir on 36th Street, Anderson said.
The new tank will provide residents in the area with constant water pressure ranging from 70 to 100 pounds per square inch, he said.
In addition to the new tank and well, the city plans this summer to replace about 300 feet of 6-inch pipe on 27th Street with a new 8-inch line to improve water flow along the East Bench.
In addition, an 8-inch line will be installed along Foothill Drive from 26th to 27th streets.
Installation of a 5 million-gallon concrete water tank at the top of 36th Street is expected to be completed in June. The tank will replace a pair of steel tanks, also on 36th Street, that are about 80 years old and together can hold 2.2 million gallons of water.
Anderson said the increased storage capacity will further help with water pressure and fire protection along the East Bench.