The city of Benham is facing issues connected to financing needed repairs to the city’s water tank.
Water Plant Supervisor Tim Allison addressed the council with an update on the issue.
“At the last council meeting I informed you there was a violation because the recommendations (for maintenance) weren’t done,” Allison said. “I don’t have any estimates on getting it repaired until we decide what we’re going to do.”
According to Allison, one of the problems with getting the tank repaired is the city has no alternative tank and the repairs would require the tank to be offline, leaving the city without water.
“We can get water out of Lynch,” said Allison. “We would have to spend money on pressure reducing valves throughout the whole town to keep the pressure regulated while we’re getting water out of Lynch.”
Allison said there was no way of knowing exactly how long the tank would have to be offline, but estimated at least one to two weeks.
“I suggest we…see if we can get a new tank,” Allison said. “It’s going to cost money, because there is no grant money. You’ll probably have to get a low interest loan. You’re looking at — just for the tank itself — half a million dollars.”
Allison said another tank would allow one tank to be offline and still keep the water system up and running.
Allison explained the price of a new tank only included the tank and did not take into account installation and other costs. He also mentioned the current tank is 39 years old.
“Where can we even start?” asked council member George Massey.
Allison suggested contacting Kentucky Infrastructure Authority, state representatives and the governor’s office to determine if there was anything they could do to assist.
“Thank you for your report,” Massey said. “Do what you can do on that and I’ll try to get in contact with (state representative) Fitz Steele.”
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