Salem water projects supported

SALEM – The Utilities Committee agreed to forward two ordinances to city council allowing the utilities department to seek bids on two projects expected to cost more than $50,000.

One project deals with a circulation system for the Stewart Road Reservoir and the other deals with a water line replacement on East 12th Street.

Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart gave the committee chaired by Councilman Clyde Brown a brief overview of both projects. The Utilities Commission has been discussing a project to improve flow and circulation at the Stewart Road Reservoir for several months to improve water age and reduce the amount of disinfectant by-products in the water system.

The city had been notified about a regulation violation due to the level of Total Trihalomethanes being slightly over the permitted level in an average of four samples taken during the monitoring period from April 18, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.

The by-products are formed when naturally-occurring organics come into the water supply and react with the chlorine used as a disinfectant to control contaminants in the water.

Weingart explained that the department is trying several steps to prevent the formation of the disinfectant by-products and improve water age. The commission recently purchased an analyzer machine to test treated water for the disinfectant by-products so adjustments can be made chemically.

Improving circulation of the stored water at the Stewart Road Reservoir is another step.

For the 12th Street water main project, he said the current 2-inch water main on 12th Street between North Lincoln Avenue and North Union Avenue has had a lot of leaks. Instead of continuing to spend up to $4,000 to repair each leak, he said the department wants to install a new 6-inch water main to improve the infrastructure.

Both projects have been planned for in the utilities department budget.

In other business, the committee, which also includes Councilman Dave Nestic and Councilwoman Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey, agreed to set a meeting for 6 p.m. May 13 to discuss the city’s gas aggregation program through the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. Nestic said the program needs reviewed either for renewal or other options.