Leak in water tower could cost city $50,000
February 05. 2013 4:25PM
A leak in the old water tower at the corner of Orleans Avenue and 10th Street last week has the City of Dell Rapids bracing for an unexpected, costly repair that could be as much as $50,000.
Dell Rapids City Administrator Justin Weiland said public works officials noticed water dripping from the riser pipe inside the tower, which carries the water up the vessel, Wednesday, Jan. 30.
“Two years ago we had an issue with it,” he said. “We had repairs done then and were looking to replace it at some point.”
Then, some minor welding works was completed to stop the leak.
Weiland said the riser pipe, installed during the construction of the tower in 1962, is nearing the end of its life expectancy. City engineers recommended the 100,000 gallons of water in the tower be drained so the leak can be properly assessed in a timely fashion.
Public works started the eight-hour draining process at 8 a.m. Friday morning.
Weiland said the cost of water drained is about $136, as the City pays Minnehaha Community Rural Water $1.36 for every 1,000 gallons it uses.
Another round of repairs might be made to get the tower back in operation, Weiland said. However, engineers are putting together plans for a complete replacement of the riser pipe, which preliminary figures indicate could cost anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000, he said.
Dell Rapids resident, Weiland said, shouldn’t see a disruption in their water service or any decrease in water pressure.
The new water tower on the north side Dell Rapids has a capacity of 500,000 gallons, compared to the 150,000-gallon capacity of the old tower. Weiland said the old tower is primarily used as a reserve.