Utilities buy new WWTP well pumps

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Leitchfield Utilities Commission discussed the purchase of new wet well pumps for the Waste Water Treatment Plant during its Thursday, June 18 meeting.

Leitchfield Utilities recently purchased two new wet well pumps for the city Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to replace two that had stopped working.

Utilities Superintendent Dwight Embry informed the Leitchfield Utilities Commission, during its regularly scheduled, Thursday, June 18 meeting, that two wet well pumps “went down” at the WWTP.

Embry said to repair one pump would cost $3,800, and to repair the other would cost $4,500, or new pumps could be purchased for $8,000 per pump.

Rather than pay half the cost to repair the wet well pumps, Embry said, the utilities decided to purchase two new wet well pumps at the cost of $8,000 each.

In other business:

*Utilities Chairman Robert Crawford said discussions are ongoing regarding the possible expansion of the Leitchfield Water Treatment Plant (WTP) or construction of lagoons.

Utilities officials have been meeting with engineers about the project, and a decision on how to proceed is expected to be made soon, according to Crawford.

*The Utilities Commission approved chemical bids for the city’s water and waste water treatment plants for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The utilities approved bids for chlorine from Jones Chemical; hydrated lime from Brenntag Mid-South; phosphate blend from Water Solutions Limited (on a two-year contract); water coagulant from Brenntag Mid-South; and sodium bisulfite from Water Solutions Limited.

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