It’s time to replace Wellington’s ground water storage tank and modernize its raw water pumping station controls, according to water superintendent and interim village manager Mark Rosemark.
The village has taken steps toward applying for funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which is offering 20- and 30-year zero percent interest loans for water infrastructure improvements.
It’s a complicated process to apply, but Wellington is on a nomination list to possibly get funding.
The cost of the project and the amount of the loan are still to be determined, Rosemark said.
“Past projects would tell me we’re probably going to be in the range of $700,000 to $1,000,000. That’s a very basic and speculative number at this point, though,” he said.
Replacing individual parts of the tank rather than doing a full replacement is not a viable option, said Rosemark. The Environmental Protection Agency says proper mixing plays a large part in combating the formation of certain pollutants in the water supply.
“That tank doesn’t lend itself well to retrofitting for aeration or mixing,” he said. “We don’t have a problem with stagnant water. The one that we’ve had a problem with in the past, but not currently, are trihalomethanes, or TTHMs for short. Those relate to the interaction of the chlorine disinfectant we’re required to use to disinfect the water and any organic material in the water.”
The unit is more than 50 years old, Rosemark said. Wellington’s tank received an epoxy recoating 20 years ago, but that was done to add another 20 years of life.
“We’re now on that threshold again,” he said. “It’s time for us to be moving forward with replacement.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Wellington is seeking a zero percent interest Ohio Environmental Protection Agency loan to help fund the replacement of its ground water storage tank. Interim village manager Mark Rosemark said the tank is more than 50 years old.