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May 10, 2013

Painting of Sellersburg water tower expected to start next week

SELLERSBURG — SO YOU KNOW

Sellersburg recommendations while work is ongoing on the town’s water towers:

• Conserve water

• Have bottled water on supply in case of a boil water advisory

• Do not connect anything to a water outlet without a back flow preventer

• Sign up for email alerts or follow the town on Facebook in order to stay up to date with all important information.

• Use extra special caution with campfires.

For more information visit: www.sellersburg.org, www.facebook.com/Sellersburg or call 812-246-3821.



Work planned for the water towers in Sellersburg may cause some issues for the town’s water customers.

The town of Sellersburg recently posted a series of warnings and recommendations on its website and Facebook page related to the upcoming work planned for the town’s two water towers.

Refurbishing both water towers has been a long-planned project for Sellersburg and the town council approved a contract for Caldwell Tanks to complete the work at a cost of $578,500 in April. The cost to paint the downtown water tower is $319,600 and the cost to paint a water tower off of Ind. 60 is $258,900. Both tanks will be painted white with lettering or a logo with the town’s name.

Sellersburg Municipal Works Director Ken Alexander said water customers should be prepared for boil water advisories; there is a likelihood of low water pressures during peak hours; brown water is possible as well as water main breaks. It may also be necessary for the town to issue mandatory water conservation.

The peak hours for water usage in Sellersburg are between 6-11:30 a.m. and 4:30-11:30 p.m., which is also when it is most likely that customers will experience drops in water pressure, Alexander said.

According to the posting on the city’s website, the water tanks will have to be drained in order for the crews to paint them, inside and out. While the work is ongoing, Silver Creek and Charlestown water companies will serve as a backup to Sellersburg’s water system.

As a result, if the weather dries out, the town may be forced to issue a water conservation order.

“If the summer turns into any drought conditions ... there is a probability that we will do water conservation,” Alexander said.

He added that the possibility for boil water advisories is higher because if the water pressure drops below 20 pounds-per-square-inch a mandatory boil water advisory is issued. Changes in the water pressures would also be the likely cause for any brown water in the system, as it would knock the rust loose from the pipes. “We’re hoping that is not as rampant [but it] will occur if pressures can’t be maintained,” Alexander said.

The money to pay for repainting the water towers is coming from a bond anticipation note on a $5 million bond the town council has agreed to seek for improvements to the water system.

In addition to refurbishing the water towers, Sellersburg is planning to drill two new supply wells, construct a new booster station and a new 500,000-gallon water storage tank. The council has still yet to make a final vote on new water rates for the town to help pay off the bond.

According to the town council the last time the exterior of the water tower was painted was in 1992, and the last time the interior was scrubbed was 1975.

“It’s just basically maintenance for the system,” Alexander said.

Work is expected to start on the first tank, near Indian Oaks, next week and is anticipated to be completed by the end of June. Work on the downtown tank is expected to take place in July and August.

Alexander recommended for residents to sign up for the city’s email alerts or like its Facebook page for notifications.

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