2016 Water Department Construction Projects
The Marion Water Department has multiple capital improvement projects underway for 2016. The half-million gallon elevated water tower at 31st Street and 5th Avenue has been repainted and some minor structural repairs were made. The estimated project cost is over $400,000.
In conjunction with the 7th Street and 7th Avenue roundabout project, water main that is over 100 years old will be replaced at a cost of $236,000. We are also replacing some old water main along 35th Street, south of 3rd Avenue, and relaying water line services along 3rd Avenue between 31st Street and 35th Street for $30,000.
The future roundabout on 7th Avenue and 26th Street will require water main upgrades costing $208,000. The Marion Water Department distribution crew is relaying water main along 10th Avenue between 25th and 27th Streets and has been replacing numerous old fire hydrants and broken valves around town.
The Marion Water Department will begin the process to drill another municipal drinking well into the Silurian Aquifer at 450 Echo Hill Road this fall. Construction of this well is expected to begin this winter. This new well will add additional source water to the system and should reduce the radium concentration at this plant location. The anticipated construction cost to drill this Silurian well is $175,000 with future improvements required to blend the two sources of water together upon knowing the water quality and quantity from this new well. This will be a two-year capital improvement project for the department.
If you would like any further information about any of these projects, please contact Todd Steigerwaldt, General Manager at 319-743-6311.