The Gila County Board of Supervisors, acting as the interim board for the Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District, voted to approve paying $137,915 to fix the major storage tank for the water system.
This tank is the major storage tank for the area.
“The 300,000 gallon tank was inspected and cleaned in 2012,” said Brad Cole, manager for PSWID. “That is our key storage tank for Pine … there was … debris in the tank, sand, clay, rust, that was four inches to eight inches thick.”
Cole said the inside of the tank needs to be recoated, the cover needs support beams replaced, and the tank needs to be painted inside and out.
He told the interim board that if this tank were not fixed, supplying water in the summer would be a huge challenge.
Two bids were submitted, both from the Phoenix area. Cole reported to the board that one was incomplete so was not accepted. In addition, although less expensive, the first construction company would have used a slow drying coating that would have taken the tank out of service for weeks.
The second, higher bid was accepted and work has already begun.