By Dave O'Connor
MAYVILLE - A 75-year-old, 200,000-gallon capacity potable water tank, one of three supplying Mayville consumers, will be emptied and sold as scrap; part of a plan to improve water chlorination, Mayor Marty Bova revealed Tuesday at the work session preceeding the regular monthly trustees meeting.
Presently three water storage tanks atop Academy Street hold about five-days' supply, and this requires constant extra chlorine, Bova explained. The 1938 tank also is near the end of its useful service, the mayor indicated. There is corrosion plainly visible on the structure and Bova said it occasionally pops rivets and leaks.
No estimate of the value of the scrap has been made, but, Bova believes it will bring a substantial sum.
Before the old tank is taken from service the village's 600,000-gallon tank will be emptied and cleaned, according to Bova. Machinery will then be installed in the base of the structure to agitate the water and improve the distribution of chlorine throughout the tank. Water from the village well system is pumped into the bottom of the tanks and also enters the sanitary system from the bottom. Because of this and the amount of water stored the chlorine has not been getting as high in the tanks as is optimal, according to Bova.
Less stored water and agitation in the large tank is designed to save the village money because of reduced chlorine requirements, Bova added.
At the trustees regular business meeting, Bova announced the village will use LED lamp heads to light the entire length of Elm Street. The new lamps are now on hand to be installed. They will be metered so their electrical consumption can be monitored.
"We're going to see what it looks like," Bova said.
The village expects the lamps will use "significantly less" power than the sodium units they replace, according to the mayor.
Until recently, according to Bova, the LED lamps' high cost meant it took a long while to have a net saving, but the units are now priced so their lower operating cost makes them competitive.
LED lamp heads are being used in other Chautauqua County municipalities including portions of Route 20 in Westfield, according to John Crandall, Mayville village clerk.
A public hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 6:50 p.m. in the Community Building to hear comments on "Village of Mayville Site Plan Review and Storm Water Regulations."