SEBRING — People passing by the Sebring fire station on U.S. 27 may notice some work being done near it.
The work, which is not related to the fire station, involves construction of a 200,000-gallon water storage tank, said Bob Boggus, utilities director for Sebring.
Boggus said the project to build a new tank became necessary because the water being pumped from the older tank had too much sulfur and did not meet the federal/state water standards. The sulfur was created by use of disinfection substances in the water, city officials said.
The city’s five other water tanks that have aerators do not have that problem, he said.
An aerator will be placed on top of the ground level water tank to help remove the sulfur, he said.
“Most all of the city’s ground storage tanks are equipped with aerators and aeration is a tested and proven method of dealing with plant water quality issues,” he wrote in a summery of the project.
As a result of the project, the city’s existing tank in that area has been shut down for several months, he said. But the city’s other five water tanks met the need, Boggus added.
“The (other) plants pump more water than usual, but the customer sees no change in service,” Boggus said.
The cost of the project, he said, is just over $700,000. That includes about $343,000 for the water tank and about $396,000 for the pumps. The work should be completed by November, Boggus said.
He said he believes the new tank will be in operation by the end of the year.
Boggus said the water tank is being made of prestressed concrete with steel re-enforcement.
The water tanks help maintain the water pressure within the system, as well as being part of the effort to provide suitable water for residential and business customers.
The city water system operated for a time without two tanks not in operation. The other one was the Park Street tank, which needed maintenance, city officials said.
Boggus said that when both water tanks were out of commission, the city did not face any service problems. As to how many tanks could be out of commission without customers feeling some problems, he doesn’t know, he said.