Fresh water in the City of Halsey comes from two wells that are capable of producing 450 gallons per minute combined. The water passes through a filtration system in the Water Treatment Plant. There are two steel reservoir tanks that hold a combined 750,000 gallons, and a booster pump station that ensures adequate and required pressures and fire flows to the City. The Water Treatment plant, the filtration system, and the booster pump station were all built in 1998 as part of the City’s water system upgrade. It was a $2.1 million dollar project. The water bond that is paid every year as part of the property taxes goes to pay for this project.The sewer system works through gravity, so it is the most shallow at the south end of town and the deepest (about 60 feet) on the north end of town. The City sewage then flows out into a series of three lagoons, where it is treated. When storm water leaks into the sewer system it increases operating costs by increasing the volume of material that needs to be treated. Cameras were run through the sewer pipes in 2008-10 and recordings were made. Using those recordings, the Public Works staff worked on a series of repairs to fix the worst leaks from 2008-11. In 2014 and 2015, that project continued with maintenance work completed on the manholes. In 2009, the lift station pumps both failed and had to be replaced. The new pumps cost $190,000. The City was able to pay for them using the sewer reserve fund. That fund was pretty well depleted by this expense, and has not yet recovered. A portion of what citizens pay every year in utility bills is added into the reserve funds for sewer and for water. These funds are then available for emergency repairs or for planned upgrades. As many of the water and sewer pipes were installed in 1969, it is becoming necessary to make plans for upgrading the system in the future. This kind of project is very expensive. Bids for improving the water system in stages were created by the City Engineer and updated this year. By those bids, replacing the aging parts of the water system in the whole town would cost about $2.9 million. The City is exploring options to plan for the future needs of the town while minimizing the costs to the citizens.
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