We are about six weeks from completing a complete rebuild of our water system. We had two 600 foot wells drilled that are supplying us with around 800 gallons per minute each. We had all three of our water tanks (water towers) sandblasted and re-coated on the inside and the outside of each was also sandblasted and repainted.
Every water pipe in Corning and to the end of each line that extends outside the City has been replaced with new PVC pipes that will never build up with rust as the old steel pipes had done. There are two reasons for that one is the fact that plastic pipes don’t rust and the other is that the new water that we are getting from the deep wells is not hard water with a lot of iron in it.
New water meters have been installed that are read now electronically by just driving throughout the system with a laptop computer without the need to physically open each meter lid. Meters are now read on the same day each month giving us a totally accurate reading each time.
We have also replaced every fire hydrant and added twice as many as we had before.
This project has been accomplished with money from the USDA-Rural Development and totals 7.68 million dollars.