New Waterford officials hear report on water system statis

NEW WATERFORD — Village Administrator Jason Gorby advised council recently there have been three water line breaks since the beginning of the year, one on Crestview Road, one on the alley by the maintenance garage and one on Maple Drive.

Frequent water line breaks, many on Crestview Road, have been a major component and consideration for village officials in moving toward the current multi-million dollar rebuild of its aging water distribution system.

Aside from those line breaks, Gorby said, “Things have been pretty decent” noting that McKay and Gould well drilling services from East Palestine performed a test pump on a new well near state Route 46 and Boardman Street and lab samples were taken.

“Production was pretty good,” he said, explaining the well pumped out 380 gallons per minute “full bore” over a 24-hour period.

Mayor Shane Patrone noted they needed 110 gallons per minute.

The village is negotiating with the Crestview School District to provide water to the school campus, a few miles away.

Patrone said, “The engineer is looking at the options. We’re feeling it’s going to happen … and it probably will … with this well pumping more than 200 gallons per minute more than we need.”

Councilman Tom Cresanto wondered if the village would be able to produce enough water for “all the school buildings?”

Patrone replied, “We will be able to provide for all their needs.”

Gorby said, “This satisfies them saying we didn’t have enough water. So this satisfies them. This takes care of that and we can look for more wells.”

He added, “The school is going to need some type of storage and they’ll have to look at that.”

Patrone said the village could “probably” get another 400- to 500 gpm from the area known as the Ogle well field.

“We’re looking at putting one more in there,” he said and then they will look for future water resources for growth or in case something happens to an existing water source.

“We’re also looking at Bull Creek,” he said, noting that included both ends as it moves through the village.

In a recent report, Gorby said the sewage plant operations were good with the “heater for the fine screen building” maintaining operational status and “keeping the headworks functioning.”

He listed several projects that were completed in 2017 including adding to the laboratory to run ammonia and total phosphorus in house; adding new silica sand to sand beds No. 1 and 2; and chip and sealing the drive and the area in front of the sand beds.

They also replaced the yard hydrant by the chlorine contact tank.