Soldotna’s Karen Street reservoir to be repaired

  • By Rashah McChesney
  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 4:41pm
  • News

A 1 million-gallon water reservoir on Karen Street needs about $500,000 in repairs after an inspection turned up a number of issues with the structure’s foundation, interior coating and roof.

Soldotna’s City Council approved an ordinance moving shifting the funds into the city’s utility system capital improvements fund during its Tuesday meeting, after the most recent inspection of the 18-year-old tank.

According to Utility Department Manager Rick Wood’s memo to the city, the reservoir was built in 1998 and has been inspected three times since then. Wood wrote in his memo that a reservoir of the size located on Karen Street needs major maintenance between 15 to 25 years of service.

“Since this reservoir was approaching 18 years of service, the city requested a professional consultant to perform the inspection,” Woods wrote in his memo.

Among other things, the consultant recommended that the interior of the tank be sandblasted and re-coated, that insulated metal panels be installed on the roof, new sealant be applied to the foundation, replacing manhole gaskets and that security cameras be installed at the tank to discourage future vandalism.

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