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The city of Kenmare just received a $200,000 boost toward plans to upgrade its water system.
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The North Dakota Department of Commerce, in conjunction with the Souris Basin Planning Council, provided the grant to the city. The funds will be used for the Kenmare water tower and booster pump station project.
“We’ve been very fortunate to receive this money,” said Kenmare mayor Roger Ness, who is also a member of the Souris Basin Planning Council. Then he smiled and continued, “It’s a small part of what we need. The whole project will cost close to $1.6 or $1.7 million.”
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According to city engineer Ryan Ackerman, of Ackerman-Estvold Engineering & Management Consulting in
The first phase, which was essentially complete as of August, was to lay pipeline to transport NAWS water to the Kenmare distribution system. “We are ready for NAWS water,” said
Under a contract arranged with the State Water Commission, Kenmare will purchase water from the city of
Installation of the NAWS pipeline has continued this summer, and extended past Kenmare toward Mohall and Sherwood. A pipeline connecting Kenmare to the NAWS system was finished in August.
According to Ness, that pipeline will bring
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Funds from the latest grant awarded to Kenmare will actually go toward expenses for two other phases of the water project.
The existing elevated water storage tower, with a capacity of about 50,000 gallons, will be replaced by one five times larger at 250,000 gallons. “We’ll build that east of the existing one on the same lot,”
The cost of the new tank will be $900,000. The larger size will allow the city to eventually discontinue use of its underground reservoirs for the domestic water supply, with water pumped through the NAWS system directly into the new tank.
A new booster pump station, at a cost of approximately $250,000, will facilitate and control that process. Negotiations are underway between the city and Farmers Union Oil Company to purchase an acre of land east of the city’s old landfill. The station would be housed there in a 12’x12’ building.
Bids for the water tower project will go out this winter, with an expected completion date of 2011. “If they can get started right away on the elevated tank, they may finish in one construction season,” Ackerman said.
Bids for the booster pump station could be let at the same time, with a similar construction schedule.
“Replacing the water tower and purchasing a new booster pump are just a part of the extensive project involving the NAWS system being piped from
Funds for the project came from the Community Development Block Grant program managed by the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The program provides financial assistance to eligible cities and counties in the state. The eight regional planning councils receive an allocation from the state to fund projects in their regions.
The new elevated tank will distribute water into the Kenmare system by gravity feed, but the fourth phase of the project involves the installation of pressure regulation stations in the city’s water system to correct some other issues. “Kenmare is built on a hill and the town has a pressure problem,” Ackerman explained. “There are places where it’s either too low or too high.”
The pressure range poses potential hazards to the city’s water supply, especially in times of peak summer use, related to sanitary and fire protection. The new pressure regulation stations will create two zones within the city’s water system to stabilize pressure, regardless of demands put on the system. “The project also calls for additional water lines to be run through town, to help with water quality,” said Ackerman.
Cost of the pressure regulation station portion of the project is estimated at $450,000, with bids scheduled to go out later this fall.
Search for funding goes on
“There’s a USDA application under process for a three percent line of credit through the Department of Health for the tower,” said Ackerman. “For the booster pump and pressure regulation stations, we’ve secured half a million local share financed with a one percent loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund through the Department of Health.”
Both Ackerman and
The purchase price in the contract for the NAWS system is currently $2.20 per thousand gallons for the city. “Then there other costs associated with the project, including repaying debt, paying employees, insurance, vehicles, and maintenance on the system,” Ackerman said. “We will do a rate analysis and devise a new rate schedule for the city, after other funding has been secured.”
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Ackerman noted that improvements to Kenmare’s water system, especially the new elevated tank, will provide secondary benefits to the community. “This also opens up areas to the east [of town] for more development,” he said, “and they should get fire service out to the airport now.”
He also mentioned that while NAWS is constructing their own water storage tank, for one million gallons, about a mile east of Kenmare, the city cannot use that tank for its municipal system.
“NAWS set up a fixed flow rate to the city of
More information about the change in Kenmare’s water supply and potential increase in water rates will be made available as those details are finalized. For questions about water meters, contact the city auditor’s office at 701-385-4232.