Splash pad getting upgrade

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Seligman deals with water-related issues

The city of Seligman is staying on top of maintenance for well No. 4 and putting in a better cleaning system for its splash pad.

Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk, said well No. 4 had a complete replacement of pipes, pump, motor and wire.

“From records, that well has been operating with those parts since 2007,” he said. “They have about a 10-year life span, and it was just time to upgrade the parts.”

Nichols said the last few years, the inspection reports have indicated a possible issue with wires or motor.

“It is just slowly degrading, as it should,” he said. “That well is pretty heavily used.”

Nichols said well No. 4 is one of the three well used for the distribution system.

“Well No. 4 is the biggest used with the thought that it has a high flow rate,” he said.

According to Nichols, the well was put into service in 1998.

“When it was last upgraded in 2007, thicker, heavy duty steel wall piping was used,” he said. “I can’t speak to what the thought process behind that was, but technology changes so much and the thought that something would have a longer life span more than 10 years ago, has changed.”

Nichols said the well driller Seligman uses has indicated that it has seen a lot of issues with the thick steel pipe, and the trend is going completely away from it.

“From all the pieces of that piping that they pulled out, only about four pieces were still good,” he said. “Also, the original pump was designed to pump 400 gallons per minute. The pump that was put in in 2007 was much smaller than what it was originally planned for and averaged 260 gallons per minute.”

Nichols said well No. 4 is the third well to be upgraded within a year.

“Well number one and three were damaged in a lightning strike in March 2018,” he said. “Both wells were hit, and we filed a claim on them to get them replaced. They both got new pumps and motors, and a few pieces of pipe in each.”

Nichols said wells 1 and 3 were covered by insurance, but well No. 4 was not an insurance issue.

“It just simply had worked itself to the point where it needs to be replaced,” he said. “Funds to take care of any and all water department maintenance or equipment is all funded by the water and sewer rates.”

In other business, Nichols said the splash pad is also getting some upgrades.

“The splash pad has a 600-gallon tank in the ground that stores water,” he said. “We pump it in through a filter, chlorinate it and then run it through a UV filter as well, before the water is put back into the tank.”

Nichols said it is important to keep it as sanitary as possible because there is also an outside element to it.

“We upgraded our system for applying the chlorine to the water,” he said. “We were able to do it at a relatively inexpensive cost. It basically means that there will be less employee time going out every week to fill the chlorine, this has a large capacity tank so we don’t have to mess with it as often.”

Nichols said the Seligman splash pad was put in in 2015.

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