West End Reservoir to be demolished as part of project

May 25, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

The Maryland Department of the Environment has committed to funding a $7.1 million project that includes demolishing the reservoir on the City of Hagerstown's West End, city utilities director Michael Spiker said.

The plan also calls for building a 6.4 million-gallon water tank on the north side of U.S. 40 in the Rock Willow Park area, directly across from the existing reservoir, he said.

"At present, we do not need any funds from sources other than MDE," Spiker said.

He said the project must be completed to satisfy the Safe Drinking Water Act Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

The mandate requires that all uncovered water reservoirs in the state of Maryland have to be covered by April 2009.

Although another reservoir won't be built, Spiker said the new water tank would be covered to satisfy the Safe Drinking Water Act Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule.

According to city documents, the new water tank would be made of concrete and serve 33,300 residential units and 19,700 commercial ones.


The 11 million-gallon West End Reservoir, which was built in 1906, has deteriorated beyond repair, according to the documents. In addition, algae grows on the bottom during the summer, and geese frequent the site.

Water quality would improve with the construction of an enclosed tank, according to the documents.

Spiker said the project should begin in late July and end in December 2008.

Other than creating a little more traffic, the project won't interfere with activities at the West End ball fields, he said.

Hazen and Sawyer, an environmental engineering firm out of Baltimore, has signed on to complete the project.

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