Marthasville’s new water system nearly ready

Adam Rollins, Staff Writer
Posted 11/24/22

Contractors are nearing the end of their work on a new well and 300,000-gallon storage tank in Marthasville, a $1.8 million project that will significantly upgrade the city’s water …

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Marthasville’s new water system nearly ready

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Contractors are nearing the end of their work on a new well and 300,000-gallon storage tank in Marthasville, a $1.8 million project that will significantly upgrade the city’s water service.

Project manager William Johanning with Cochran Engineering reported on Nov. 16 that a crew with Pittsburg Tank & Tower Group would finish the bulk of its work on the water tank this week. 

Johanning said crews also conducted a well startup test last week that didn’t have any issues other than “a few hiccups” that got fixed.

“Everything’s operational now. They filled the water main up from the bottom up ... they’ll come back and pressure test the main, and then they’ll pull a (bacteria) test out of that,” Johanning explained. “We’re going to be filling the tank and disinfecting that as well.”

Once the stress tests and checks for bacterial contamination show that the system doesn’t have any issues, the new well and tank can be put into operation, he said. He added that the initial “shock” disinfection of the 300,000-gallon storage tank uses over 30 pounds of chlorine.

Johanning also added that some work to clean up and finish the grounds around the well and tank will wait until after heavy truck traffic is finished.

“The rock for the site, the roadway, the fencing and gates will be left until spring so that we can get the (excess) rock out of the way and Karrenbrock Excavating can come back and finish their site work,” he explained.

Several months from now, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will send an inspector to the well site to verify that it complies with state standards, but the whole system can go into operation prior to that inspection, Johanning said.

Alderman Nick Lange commented that after the tank has been in operation and final site work is finished, the city is hoping to hold a ceremonial opening event in the spring to celebrate the completion of the project.

Once the new well and tank are online, the new systems will be able to single handedly serve the entire town of Marthasville, with room for future growth. That will set the city on a course to decommission an old well and water towers, city leaders said. That will involve physically disconnecting the old systems from the city’s water network, with one well left online as a backup.

Marthasville Board of Aldermen

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