MAYFIELD - At an emergency meeting of the Village Board on Tuesday, Mayor Jamie Ward announced repairs to the village water tower could cost more than $37,000 and take about a week.
According to Ward, the costs to repair and clean the tower are based on a bid from Pittsburgh Tank and Tower.
"The leak was pretty minor, from a system standpoint," Ward said.
The Mayfield water tower, seen Tuesday from North Main Street in the village, is in need of repair after a leak was found last week. The structure is about 80 years old.
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The leak was discovered over the weekend. A crew from the Pennsylvania-based company is expected to arrive around 11 a.m. today to begin repairing and cleaning the tower.
Ward said the village has $25,000 set aside for tank cleaning.
Pittsburgh Tank and Tower estimates the cost of the work to be about $37,500. The company offered to accept a payment plan with a down payment of $18,000 followed by 14 installments over time, Ward said.
He said the company came recommended by the New York Rural Water Association.
"Their first order of business will be to find out what and why the leak occurred," Ward said.
The workers will fix a small hole in the tank, the cause of which is unknown. Ward said the roughly 80-year-old tank might have had a rivet pop loose.
"We don't want to jump into that yet until they get down into the bowl of that tower and really get a firsthand look at it," Ward said.
Ward said the repair costs reflect both the repairs and the cleaning. According to Ward, the board decided to have the tower cleaned now, rather than waiting another few years. The cleaning process will occur immediately after the hole is repaired. A waxy material known as cosmoline will be placed on the walls of the tank, putting a barrier between the metal and the water. Ward said that the current layer of cosmoline has come loose in the tank.
Following the repairs and cleaning, water tests will be done on the tank. If it is found to be clean, it will be relinked to the system.
On Monday, water was shut off on North Main Street while a new valve was installed. Ward also said a repair was done at Well No. 4, where a two-inch hole was found in the pipe.
For residents of North Main Street, a boil-water advisory remains in effect until further notice. Water to the rest of the village has been deemed safe to drink, officials said.
Officials discussed the possibility of replacing the tower with ground pumps in the future.
Arthur Cleveland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.