Buckhannon celebrates water tank

Submitted photo courtesy of Callie Cronin Sams Mayor David McCauley, Buckhannon City Council member Robbie Skinner and City of Buckhannon personnel join Chapman Technical Group’s Randy Blankenship and Mid-Atlantic Storage Systems’ representative, Jim Wary, for a ribbon cutting.

BUCKHANNON — To celebrate the completion of the new water tank at the Victoria Hill service station, the City of Buckhannon recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The newly completed tank will provide 600,000 gallons of additional storage capacity to water system, and will allow the City of Buckhannon’s Water Department to meet increased demand from development and business activity in the Buckhannon area. The new water tank cost $730,000 and was financed through municipal bonds, according to Buckhannon Finance Director Amby Jenkins.

The new tank has a capacity of 1.2 million gallons, but with the tank at St. Joseph’s Hospital recently decommissioned, the net increase for the water system is 600,000 gallons for a total system storage of 4.6 million gallons, according to a news release from the city.

In a previous report by The Inter-Mountain, Buckhannon’s Water Department Superintendent Kelly Arnold said the upgrade will not just affect city residents, “but it’s going to affect the whole county by having the extra storage.”

“Of course, you’ll have more water for fire protection, as far as that goes,” Arnold added. “And if we ever see any potential growth, we would be ready for that, at that point.”

The Harley A. Brown Memorial Water Plant and Buckhannon Water Department provide water service to 4,004 customers in Buckhannon and surrounding area, officials said in the release.

The Buckhannon system also provides water to four public service districts in Upshur County, in the process serving more than 20,000 customers combined.

The water plant maintains equipment with the technology to treat and monitor a maximum of 5.56 million gallons of water, averaging over 2 million gallons per day.

The department also maintains 42 miles of water lines serving customers throughout the city and surrounding area. To ensure high quality service, each water department employee holds a valid water distribution license or plant operator license.

The city’s water department is consistently ranked in the top tier of the state’s water systems for both affordability and financial soundness, as well as meeting all health and environmental standards, according to the news release.

Officials gathered Friday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.