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City purchases two pumps

Published 7:29pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The City Council of Alexander City approved the purchase of two pumps Tuesday for the Dobbs Pumping Station.

The city council recently declared an emergency when all three pumps at the station were on the fritz.

“The first pump’s motor went out and the shaft broke around the first of the year in January,” said Shelby Richardson, waste water superintendent.

With one pump down, the station was left with one primary and a backup. Around a week ago, more trouble hit the station.

“Last Thursday, the backup pump went down and had to go in the shop for an emergency rebuild,” Richardson said. “It was scheduled to go back in Wednesday. The day before, however, our primary pump went down.”

Richardson said an unknown object went through the primary, which all but destroyed the pump.

“We got them back in, but they are only running at about 40 percent capacity,” Richardson said. “These two pumps are going to have to be babied until the new pumps come in.”

The station is responsible for pumping around 800,000 gallons of waste water per day, but Richardson said this number goes up during storms.

The council awarded the bid for two pumps priced at $56,519 each, for a total of $113,038, to Jim House and Associates in Irondale, Alabama.

Once they arrive, Richardson said his crew could install the pumps in a day. However, the city decided to hold the special called meeting to avoid another two or three weeks of delays waiting to get on the July 7 council agenda.

“We could be waiting up to 14 weeks for delivery,” Richardson said. “It was going to be another two or three weeks before the council met, which would have pushed it back even more.”

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