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RWC approves property deal

Published: 10:11 AM, 02/20/2013 Last updated: 10:48 AM, 02/20/2013

Source: The Rogersville Review

By Bill Grubb
News Editor

ROGERSVILLE - Property for a water filtration system will cost the Rogersville Water Commission some unused property and $24,000, but Rogersville Water Superintendent Shawn Hatchett said the utility will save money in the long run.
    Rogersville Water Commission members gave the land deal the green light at the February 11 meeting.
    The arrangement calls for the utility to obtain a parcel of land near the water treatment plant in exchange for a parcel the city owns behind the facility in addition to the payment.
    The property will be used to house a used MIEX water filtration system from an Ohio utility, funded by a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, to address water quality issues that plague the water system.
    "The $24,000, we'll make that back in six months. We‚'ll save that in electricity," Hatchett said.
    The water superintendent noted the existing property owned by the city is "a low lying area."
    "If we put the equipment down there, we're going to have to pump all the way back up to the plant.  For the volume that we're talking about the pumps will have to be three-phase. We run two different sets right now and it's costing us about $8,000 a month," Hatchett explained,  adding that obtaining the proposed property will allow the system to operate on a gravity feed without the cost of power for pumps.
    "Your trading land but you're also giving up $24,000," Commission Member and Alderman Wayne Slater said.
    "At the same time they've got what we need," Hatchett replied.
    The superintendent also said the Rogersville utility has made several repairs on the lines of the former Striggersville water system and had reduced the water loss by 50 percent.
    The former utility district reported losses of more than 40 percent of the water it purchased from Rogersville prior to its merger last year with the Rogersville system.

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