Water storage tanks get domes

Sidewalls of two water storage tanks have been erected and are ready to have a dome installed on top. The domes have been built inside of the tanks and a crane will be used to lift them out for installation on top.

Two water tanks are well on their way to being complete and are estimated to be finished in the next couple of weeks, City Engineer Gus Maas reported during Tuesday's Corry Municipal Authority meeting.

That does not mean the city gets to start filling them with water right away. There are Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection tests and checks that have to occur before the city can put the tanks into use.

The sidewalls of the tanks are completely erected and aluminum domes have been built inside the tanks, ready for installation, Maas said.

"They have cranes on site. They're going to pick up those domes and set them on the steel siding of the tanks to complete the tank," City Engineer Gus Maas said.

After the domes are installed, the tanks and connecting water lines will need to be disinfected and bacteria and volatile organic compound samples will need to be collected, Maas said.

He went on to say a certification will then need to be submitted to the DEP so they may do their final inspection before an operating permit can be issued.

"We should be able to put the tanks in service in January, depending on how quick the DEP does their inspection and gives us our operating permit," Maas said.

After the tanks are put into use, the existing 125-year-old water reservoir can be demolished, but Maas said the DEP will not approve that until operating permits are issued for the new water storage tanks. 

An estimated timeframe for demolition is spring, Maas said.

The construction of the two water storage tanks and demolition of the water reservoir are part of phase two of a $6.59 million citywide water infrastructure upgrade project.

Other parts of the project include the construction of a new garage/chlorination building on Sciota Road, which is almost complete, and the construction of booster pump stations, which recently had piping completed, and electrical work is being done, Maas said.

Maas reported while the garage/chlorination building should be ready for use sometime this winter, paving the surrounding parking area and driveway will have to wait until the spring.

The booster pump stations — one on Chord Road and one on South Center Street — should be ready to turn on after the first of the year, Maas said.

"Basically, we're waiting on the electrician to finish wiring the pumps and get the control panels in," Maas said.

All timeframes of completion are estimates. Repayment of the phase two PENNVEST loan starts in February 2022.

In other news, COVID-19 has delayed the remaining aspect of phase one, which is the final inspection of the water meters that were installed citywide in homes and businesses. 

Getting back into homes to perform inspections on water meter installations have proven difficult, Maas said. 

Maas explained there were issues trying to get access to homes prior to COVID-19, but with COVID, it is just that much more difficult.

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