Yesterday I got the privilege and was graciously invited to take a tour of the Buckeye Water District's new facilities. It's not an understatement when I say the facilities are quite impressive. Compared to the nearly 80 year old facilities out in Yellow Creek Twp. from which this grew it is something to see.
We started at the new pumping station pictured above that was built on the old tin mill property. That building sits just behind the car wash on Wells Ave. Leaving there we followed the raw water pipe line up Wells Hollow Road out to Township Line Road to where it crosses over Route 45 and up the hill to the new reservoir. We finished up going through the spanking new sparkling water treatment plant.
I got so much information and lots of pictures to pass on that I'm going to break it down in a series of articles in the next few days, week or so. It all depends on the time available for me. So be patient.
They are planning an open house sometime in the future but those plans are incomplete right now. District Manager Al DeAngelis told me right now they have a lot of demand on their time getting prepared to supply Baard with water, both raw and treated.
The second picture above of the eruption out in the middle of the river is the result of air being blown out of the intake out there. They do that occasionally to blow out debris and sentiment in the pipe. They tell me sometimes if there is something stuck to the screen it blows like a geyser once it breaks loose. Yesterday it just looked like the Lock Ness Monster coming out of the water. If you didn't know what was going on and that intake was there it would surely be cause for concern seeing it. At any rate that is where it all begins.
Before closing I would like to thank Mr. DeAngelis, Assistant District/Distribution Mgr. Mark Allison, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent Todd Brown, Board of Director member Jack Call and Marcus for their hospitality and time. I sincerely appreciated it. You guys are great!
To be continued...