Nick McWilliams reporting – Work on the Wilkshire Hills public water systems is set to begin in the near future, to improve one piece of current infrastructure and replace another.

Director and Sanitary Engineer of the Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District Michael Jones met with commissioners on Wednesday to detail the proposed projects.

The first will require the replacement of a well which has started to show signs of failure, according to Jones.

“Well No.2, we’ve done the second rehabilitation on that well. We did a rehab on that well in 2014 and we did another one earlier this year. The problem being, it began in late 2018, producing sand.”

Even after the rehabilitation work, the well continued to produce sand, and Jones says that it only serves as an emergency backup for the area.

Along with the well replacement, Jones also asked for approval for rehab work to the complexes No. 2 reservoir.

“We’re going to re-caulk and recoat all the interior and exterior seams on the tanks. They’re going to add roughly 10,400 protective caps on all the bolts that hold the tank together. We’re adding a new cathodic protection system [to prevent corrosion], chemically washing the exterior of the tank to try to restore it to original appearance and condition.”

Only one company in the state, Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems, Inc., has proper authorization to work on the tank due to its design, according to Jones.

The estimated cost for the replacement project is $140,000, while the rehab work will cost around $45,000.

An Ohio Public Works Commission grant is funding the reservoir work, while a loan from the Ohio Water Development Authority is expected to be used to replace the well.

Commissioners approved both motions.

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