Frisco town officials approve construction of water tank
FRISCO – Frisco town officials approved the construction of a 1.2 million gallon water tank on the peninsula, at their council meeting last week.
“It’s for our domestic water use,” said Dave Koop, water operations foreman with Frisco Public Works. “That will supply us with our water needs through the projected buildout of Frisco.”
Currently, the town has two water storage tanks, with a combined storage capacity of 1.4 million gallons, Koop said. The daily town demand averages between 750,000 to 1 million gallons, which comes from the water treatment plants, wells and sometimes from the storage tanks.
The water tanks generally are considered backup .
“You don’t try to stack up tons of storage,” Koop said. “It’s not like wine, water doesn’t get better with age.”
According to Koop, most of the water used by the town each day comes directly from the water treatment plant. On high-usage days, however, when the plant cannot meet the immediate demand, wells and storage tanks also supply water into the system.
Later at night, when most of the town is asleep and the water demand drops, the plant and well still pump water into the system. What isn’t immediately used refills the water storage tanks.
“This helps mellow out the peaks and valleys,” Koop said. “The more room you have to do that, you tend to run a more stable line.”
Water storage tanks also are immensely important when the town has to fight a fire, Koop said. As long as the town has enough water stored, the town will be able to supply both regular demand as well as water necessary to fight a fire, Koop said.
The town hired Grimm Construction to build the new water tank on the peninsula. The estimated cost of construction is just under $1.5 million, according to the written recommendation to council. The construction date is not set yet, but Koop said there still is paperwork to be completed – which will likely take a few weeks – before construction can begin.
“They may be able to get a start on it in the later part of the month here,” Koop said. He added they hope to complete construction by fall, but weather could affect the amount of time it takes.
The infrastructure for the water tank was completed last summer, Koop said. The new tank will be built at the same elevation as the town’s other two tanks and will be built into a hillside.
The goal, he said, is to completely bury the tank so that in a few years when the vegetation grows back, no one will even know it’s there.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or email@example.com
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