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New Projects Slated for 2017

Big Creek Utility District continually seeks ways to improve its water system and provide the best and safest water possible. Improvements have already been made to the water system over the last couple of years, which has made water service more reliable with the installation of backup electricity and the replacement of old water mains. This year Big Creek is planning to continue to improve the water system with replacement of old tanks at the water treatment plant and the replacement of more old water mains.

The water treatment plant was constructed in 1962 and much of the infrastructure installed at that time is still in place. There has been quite a bit of the old equipment replaced and additions made to the plant, but some of the original infrastructure is still being used. This old infrastructure includes two old clearwells, which are water tanks used for the collection of water before the water is pumped to the water system. These tanks are metal and quickly deteriorating. Thanks to a low interest loan from the State Revolving Loan Program, these clearwells are going to be replaced with one larger, concrete clearwell. This type of tank will require much less maintenance and help preserve a higher quality of water throughout the treatment process.

As well as the water treatment plant, the water system was constructed in 1962. Water lines were installed to meet the needs of a large portion of northern Grundy County. Again, a lot of these water lines are still in service. Big Creek plans to replace a small section of the original water line this summer. Local people have probably noticed some tree clearing taking place from 62nd Avenue to 65th Avenue in Gruetli-Laager. This is being done to allow for the installation of a new twelve inch water main. This project is being done to replace old six inch cast iron water line with a main that will allow for a higher flow of water to Palmer and the Barkers Cove area. Funding for the project is coming from Big Creek. There are no loans to repay which costs customers less money and the project can be done on Big Creek’s schedule, which is usually quicker.

Big Creek is proud of the steps being taken to improve the water system and upgrade the infrastructure in Grundy County. Projects like these will allow for more reliable and safe drinking water for now and in the future.