“People without check valves can possibly lose water when we’re flushing the lines,” said Chairman Jimmie Frederick.
He noted that a friend approached him last week to report that he’d heard an odd sound coming from his water heater during the night. Upon checking the tank he found that it was empty.
When the main lines are flushed, the pressure of the water that is being forced through the pipes can actually suck the water out of residential lines and anything connected to them, if those lines are not properly equipped with a check valve.
It is also recommended that any system with a check valve also be equipped with a thermal expansion tank. This unit, which is roughly the size and shape of a propane tank, is used to protect closed water heating and domestic hot water systems from excessive pressure. The tank, which is partially filled with air, can cushion the shock caused by the water hammer used to force water through the main lines and absorb excessive pressure caused by thermal expansion in the tank itself as water is heated.
According to Frederick, most houses older than 20 years are not equipped with either.
Webster County Water District Superintendant Paul Lashbrook reported that one of three Kentucky Infrastructure debts held by the district will be paid off in June. He requested that, since the funds for the final payment are already in the bank, the district board approve moving $2,000 of the fund that had been going into that account monthly be added to the funding of the depreciation account, raising it to $15,000 per month.
He also recommended moving $30,668 from the maintenance fund into the depreciation account.
The board voted to follow both recommendations.
Lashbrook announced that the job bid the district had posted for installing a speed reducer at the water plant had been closed. The district received only one bid, that being from Timmons Electric of Morganfield in the amount of $25,135.
CPA Mike Overby reported the findings of his annual Water District audit. The district showed an operating funds cash profit of $660,000 for the year ending June 31, 2012. Capital assets for the year were $13,266.197.
After receiving enquiries about the districts mowing contract, members agreed that the job needed to be posted. Interested parties may bid on the job for two weeks.
With no further business, the board adjourned.
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