Orchard City is completing an irrigation improvement that trustees say will be a big improvement to Town Park.
The work will move a point of diversion for the park's irrigation water to a point closer to its actual use.
That will decrease by half the amount of shrink, or water loss, from transporting the water through an irrigation ditch, explained Trustee Jimmie Boyd.
Town crews closed 2100 Road for two days last week to lay a new line to the park. The line will take water to Town Park from a ditch closer to the park and bypass the long and inefficient Circle Ditch route.
The town board dealt with two other items of business involving the project during its Feb. 12 regular meeting. Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding with Orchard City Irrigation District concerning the diversion point change. Also, trustees awarded a bid of $6,000 to Hinchman concrete for construction of diversion structures. Two other bids came in for the work, one at $8,900 and the other at $9,975.
In other business at its Feb. 12 regular meeting, the Orchard City Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• Mayor Don Suppes reported the total water loss from the West Line break incident was 3 million gallons. The original rupture before Christmas lost an estimated 1.6 million gallons, and two other leakages brought the total to 3 million.
• Trustees Craig Fuller and Ken Volgamore were appointed to a trustee committee to work with Delta County Fire District #3 on expansion of the Orchard City substation to house new equipment.
• Trustees approved a supplemental budget for 2013 adding $3,055 to the total spending for that year because of an unexpected late billing from an engineering firm that created a computerized model of the town water system.
The town board wants to bypass engineering firms and do its own design and build work on a system to automate operations of the Tank Hill water tank. The project is intended to prevent water loss.blog comments powered by Disqus