Markle board also discusses water tower project

Another topic discussed at the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, August 19 was a draft of a proposed water tower project.

David Harvey, from Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc., gave the council a draft copy of the findings of the water tower survey.

He said they ran hydrant tests for water pressure. An issue that was found is in the industrial area, near I-69, wherethey need about 3,000 gallons per minute but they are currently only getting 1,000 gallons per minute.

Harvey told the council the water system is well maintained in Markle.

His short-term fix is to build a 150,000 gallon elevated water storage tank in this proposed area near the industries. This, he said, can improve water pressure to multiple parts of Markle.

The project, he adds, would cost around $766,000, which is down from the original estimate of $1 million if the town would have needed to build a 200,000 gallon tank, which was the first thought.

The draft also includes a possible addition of a chlorine test alarm in the water treatment center.