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Replacement of aged water mains, potholes a challenge

May 23, 2013

When city firefighters had to tap into a fire hydrant with more powerful force a block and a half away from a recent intentionally-set house fire on Newberry Street, it heightened awareness of the......

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wwhickok

May-23-13 6:07 AM

First of all I commend Mr. Heinbach and the Fire Dept for the job they were able to do in protecting the family that lived on Newberry St and putting a stop to the fire. They did their job to the best of their ability and no one was hurt.

As for the Water Company, 2015??? Are you kidding me???! With all the money you got flowing in from skyrocketing sewage prices, and who knows what you're doing at the sewage plant, you mean to tell me we have to live in fear for the next two years of whether the Fire Dept can efficiently do their job because of severely outdated mains and hydrants? That's inexcusable!!

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mikekerstetter

May-23-13 3:20 PM

wwhickok, I live 3 miles from the nearest fire hydrant and that's probably close to the nearest usable place to draw water to fight fire and would have to be tankered in at that. You have good hydrants at most a few blocks from what it sounds. It may not be ideal, but you're a lot better off than the majority of us who live outside of a town water system.

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wwhickok

May-24-13 1:43 PM

Mike, I hear you, I do. But that doesn't excuse the conditions we're having to worry about for our water supply that we do live in. Honestly, I have a Fire Hydrant VERY close to my house so I'm fortunate...sort of.

I live right across the street from two homes that burned down because of the water pressure problem here in Newberry a while back.

But your point isn't invalid mike, those of you outside of town are in a more serious situation no doubt.

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mikekerstetter

May-24-13 4:10 PM

You also have to keep in mind that the water mains were designed, originally, to carry water to households for household use. You didn't have 1000, 1500 or 2500 gallon per minute pumps on fire engines when they were designed. If you were lucky the engines of the day could pump one inch and a half line. Do you really want them replacing 280 miles of water mains at $1.3 million per mile? Can you really afford $100/glass of water?

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