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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Windom to get new water line

  • After years of leaks and boil water orders, Windom will use two grants in 2014 to replace its water transmission line.
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  • After years of leaks and boil water orders, Windom will use two grants in 2014 to replace its water transmission line.
    In January 2013, the city of Windom was awarded a $260,000 Community Development Block Grant and a $574,500 loan/grant combination from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development in order to replace its water transmission line.
    Constructed in 1964, the original and current water line has been a headache for Windom for years, with leaks and boil orders during the last six years taking a toll on the city financially. In recent years, the city has been forced to spend most of its annual reserve funds on repairing the leaks and paying for the wasted water.
    Since 2007 the total cost of line repairs has run up to $95,000.
    Windom City Clerk Wendy Roberts said the current line’s problems have been attributed to the material it’s made of, a lack of bedding under the pipe and line joints glued together in order to save money.
    “In spring 2012, we started the arduous application process with CDBG and USDA Rural Development,” Roberts said. “The application process entails illustrating community need, financial burden, ability for debt repayment, environmental impact and a resident census. It was a happy day in Windom when we received the award notifications at the beginning of this year.”
    The new water line will be replaced with a similarly sized pipe along the currently existing route, and will be buried about four feet deep to avoid environmental issues.
    The installation will involve 71,000 feet of pipe that will cross 21 county roads, 59 petroleum pipelines, eight streams and 21 utility lines.
    Engineering firm Schwab-Eaton was awarded the project design work, with the bid phase anticipated to start in Nov. 2013.
    Construction is planned to start in March 2014 and be completed in November 2014 for an estimated total project cost of  $834,500.
    Windom Mayor Brian Stolifer said the city is excited for its new water line.
    “Windom is a clean, quiet bedroom community,” Stolifer said, “and our residents and city council care deeply about the town. The grants awarded will save the city money that can then be used toward other important projects.”
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