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Sharpsburg hydrants out of service as water tank is repaired

October 17, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

SHARPSBURG - While routine maintenance is being performed on the town's 200,000-gallon water storage tank, the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. is working closely with other companies to ensure that tankers will be available if necessary.

The work began in late August and is expected to be completed by mid-November, according to Julie Pippel, director of the Washington County Department of Environmental Management.

Pippel said town residents and businesses are getting their water from a 100,000-gallon storage tank at the water treatment plant in Sharpsburg.

"Service to citizens of Sharpsburg has been seamless," Pippel said. The sole impact has been on the fire service, she said.

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Sharpsburg Fire Chief Jay Morgan said there have been "no emergencies" in the fire company's area of service since the tank during the maintenance.

Morgan and Kevin Lewis, director of Washington County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, agreed that steps have been taken to make sure there will be water available for fire emergencies.

"We have modified running assignments to include tankers from nearby fire companies," Lewis said.

Pippel said steel water-storage tanks like the one in Sharpsburg require complete inspections and maintenance about every 10 years.

"The tanks are checked for corrosion and pitting, and then we fix whatever needs fixing," she said..

Necessary repairs are made, then the inside and outside of the tank are painted to prolong its life expectancy.

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