BEAR CREEK - Water and money have one thing in common in Bear Creek: they are both hitting the ground at an alarming rate.
Major financial losses plaguing the Town of Bear Creek have literally been like throwing money on the ground, as ongoing issues at the short water tank in the Lumbull area have caused water to overflow over the top of the tank, causing significant erosion at the base of the tank.
Meanwhile, this literal water overflow is taking its toll on the town, which is having to pay higher water bills, contributing to the council having to borrow from another account in order to pay its water bill earlier this year.
The problem has become such a major concern that the town brought in a team of experts to explain the problem to the town council and the public at the council’s June 15, meeting. Jerry Robinson of Robinson and Sons and Chester Barber of Industrial Services of Alabama were on hand to discuss what is needed to bring the short tank back into service to prevent the water overflow.
The issue involves outdated valves on the shorter of the two Lumbull tanks, causing water to overflow from the top of the tank. The cost of replacing the outdated valves is around $32,000, including all parts, electrical and labor, town officials stated. This estimate was given to the town by Robinson and Sons and Chester Barber.
The cost of placing new controls on the 50-foot shorter tank would be $5,160, contractors informed council members. The same controls installed on the 100-foot tank at Lumbull would be $1,885, they added.
The project would include the entire renovation of the shorter tank, replacing valves and other necessary devices so the water would fill properly.
“There’s a sensor (on the tank). When this (water tank) fills full, that sensor is supposed to shut if off,” Bear Creek Water Department Manager Jarad Brimer explained.
“That sensor is not working, plus the valves over there are not holding,” Brimer added. “When you turn them off, they are not holding.”
Brimer explained the tank loses about two to three gallons a second during an overflow.
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