City Considering Hamblen Park for Water Tank

Online community meeting set for Tuesday, Sept. 22

Marlene Feist, Public Works, (509) 625-6505

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 12:35 p.m.

The public is invited to an online community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. to learn about the possibility of constructing a needed new water tank in Hamblen Park. The tank would ensure the availability of adequate water during a fire emergency and meet demand for water, especially during the summer season, for much of the City’s South Hill.

“We identified the need for additional water storage in this area several years ago,” says Public Works Director Scott Simmons. “This project would help us improve water delivery to a large portion of our community, and this site meets all the criteria for this work to be successful. It also provides an opportunity to make an investment in the parks system in this area.”

The City’s water system has 23 pressure zones to ensure water reaches every customer. This tank would be located in what’s called the “high system pressure zone.” The high system pressure zone serves all homes on the South Hill south of about 14th Avenue.

The tank site needs to be around two acres in size, close to existing water transmission lines, near the center of the pressure zone, at an elevation of about 2,380 feet. Ideally, the site would also be relatively flat and be some distance from existing homes. More information on the proposed project and the instructions for joining on the online community meeting are found on the City’s web site.

The City provides clean drinking water to more than 200,000 people every day. The City operates the second largest water system in the state with more than 1,000 miles of water main. The system is critical to maintaining public health, providing fire protection, and delivering needed water throughout our community. Infrastructure like water tanks are needed throughout the City to ensure that proper pressure and water accessibility is maintained for all customers.