Water mainline project nears its close

August 31, 2018

Residents and commercial buildings south of Schuyler can expect improved water flow sometime soon.

Jim McGowen, utility superintendent for the City of Schuyler, said he hopes to see the water mainline project come to fruition in time for the Labor Day Celebration on Friday. If not, he said the roads will be covered up to ensure the event can still take place.

Construction workers began digging the grounds for the main water line on A Street at the Schuyler Downtown Historic District late July, in hopes of expanding the circulation, replacing old pipes with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes as well as improving water pressure running from Ninth through 12th streets.

“It wasn’t bad but it just needed to improve,” McGowen said.

Because of the project, which costs roughly $300,000, A Street at the downtown district had to be blocked off for several weeks.

McGowen said the staff has completed the majority of the construction on the pipes and are working on sampling the water that has been chlorinated and flushed, to ensure it is safe for consumption.

McGowen said staff at the City’s utility department strive to find innovative ways to further improve the community’s water systems.

In other board news:

• Brian Bywater, community housing specialist for Schuyler Community Development, announced the department is still waiting on funding from the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to fuel its Rural Workforce Housing Fund of $810,000.

• City council members approved the expenditure of $25,000 to Karel & Seckman Trust for a new dump truck for the City’s street department.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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