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City to place new reservoir on mill site

After inspecting various locations, the city has signed an agreement to place one, and possibly two, new water storage reservoirs on property owned by American Pine Products.
After looking at a couple sites, the city has chosen a location on the American Pine Products property for a new water storage reservoir.
   The owners of the moulding mill have agreed to give the city an easement for about one acre of land to construct up to two one-million gallon water storage reservoirs and a booster pump station. The city's Facilities Master Plan, prepared by Ace Consultants, calls for significant increases in water storage capacity for current and future needs.
   Future sewer and water needs for the city were the focus of a study done by the consulting company about a year ago. The outcome of that work gave strong indication that for the city of Prineville those needs will soon become a major problem, a very expensive problem.
   The Facilities Master Plan developed by Bob Vivian and Wen Jou, indicated exactly what will be needed to supply the community's services through the next 20 years. The consultants looked at projected growth and the inventory of the sewer/water system based on those projections in compiling their report. Vivian said that the present waste water system has nearly reached capacity.
   Proposals to solve these problems were drafted and since that report was presented, the effort has progressed. Land for new sewer lagoons and for disposal of the treated waste water is being negotiated for and the sewer treatment issue is being handled.
   The water needs of the community are also being addressed, and the new planned reservoir is part of that. As a result of the research conducted by the consultants, water demand for the city is expected to double over the twenty year period. To meet the demands of the projected population growth, an additional 7.55 million gallons will be needed by the year 2020, the consultants told the city council.
   Present water storage consists of a one million gallon tank in the Ochoco Heights, another million gallon tank at the airport and half a million gallons stored in the Barnes Butte area. That totals three million gallons that are available at the present time. However, according to the consultants, within 20 years the need will be for 9.17 million gallons.
   New sources for water and locations for storage are part of the recommendations for improvements to the city's water and sewer systems.
   At the present time, there are about 40 miles of water lines in the system. Most are minimum eight-inch lines, according to the consultant's report. There are about 20,000 feet of four-inch lines, however, that are acting like a bottleneck to areas beyond the range of the larger lines. This is one problem that will have to be addressed. Other issues will be new wells and increased water storage.
   For some time the city has been searching for an appropriate site in the Northridge area without success. APP, a significant employer in the local area, expressed an interest in helping resolve the problem. Tye Engineering of Bend, the company who originally designed the Northridge Water System, has been helping the city in the feasibility of the reservoirs along with a pump station. The pump station will be to insure pressure at the upper end of the system and provide additional gravity flow to the remainder of the city.
   Annexation of the first phases of Northridge subdivision and upcoming water and sewer projects have emphasized the need to increase domestic and fire protection storage. The city had looked at other sites but the APP location will be less expensive and provide a foot print for a second tank.