Clear Creek water gets top grade at CRWA statewide conference
They said the workshops at the conference were so useful they could have used an entire meeting to share the information they had gathered.
To make sure the district is able to successfully deliver that water to Clear Creek residents the board listened to a presentation by Kevin O’Shea, account manager for Durham Pump. The company recently assessed the current water system to determine what upgrades were needed.
O’Shea said his company tries to help districts determine where to place its funds. He recommended a hatch be installed at the fire station where the pump house is located to make it possible to remove the pumps should emergency repairs ever be needed.
He added the fact the pumps were operating the system efficiently although they were originally installed 50 years ago was a testament to the company that made them however they were now working on borrowed time.
He recommended a project be set in place to pull the pumps one at a time so they could be rebuilt.
“That would make your pumps in new condition,” he stated.
This project would bring the pump system up to grade, he said. He also suggested a variable speed drive be installed on the pumps to save on electricity bills and an alternating system implemented so the two pumps would be used interchangeably.
O’Shea also said the district should drill a well as a backup for water production rather then installing a holding tank.
He promised to have quotes on the cost of the project to upgrade the pumps by the next meeting so the board could vote on whether or not to fund the work.
Three years ago the Clear Creek CSD board of directors set in place a water rate increase to be implemented over a three-year period in order to set aside funds for maintenance and improvements. This increase, which was recommended by the district’s consulting engineer, Ed Anderson, also makes Clear Creek eligible for government loans.
As part of this rate increase the board approved a letter that will be mailed to residents prior to a public hearing on the third and final phase of the increase scheduled at 7 p.m. on June 8 at the fire hall in Clear Creek. The letter stated the water rates would be increased $3 per month per residential dwelling bringing them up to $27 a month.
A form to submit a written protest was included with the letter in accordance with a recent court ruling on water rate increases.
At the June 5 regular meeting the board will complete work on the 2007-2008 budget. This meeting is held at the Clear Creek fire station at 7 p.m.
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