Shareholders: Now that the 2017 water season is over HCIC will begin working on our grant projects. During the next couple of weeks, through November 10, we will begin to lay new pipe for the Green Street Modification Project west of Hwy 89. This will continue down both areas of Green Rd.
Thank you for your understanding during these major projects.
During fiscal 2016 HCIC submitted three “matching money” grant applications totaling approximately $1,300,000. HCIC was pleased as all three applications were accepted with few modifications. Below is an outline of the attained grants, maintenance projects, and infrastructure upgrades that are needed to progress the irrigation water delivery system.
- Water Conservation Field Services Program;
- Backyard Pipe Replacement;
- Green Street Modification and Renewable Energy
HCIC has tried to anticipate the impacts these major projects will have, however, we may have missed some. As these projects will have an impact on your living / working environment, we need your comments. What questions do you have? How will this impact you? What suggestions do you have that will help make these projects go smoothly? How can we be more effective and efficient? Please tell us who you are when commenting, anonymous input is difficult to answer.
Water Conservation Field Services Program: HCIC is preparing a plan that will give us direction and guidance over the next 20 years. This program will allow to better understand the conditions of our existing delivery system, understand and evaluate flow capacity, and manage the impacts of drought and climate change. HCIC’s present distribution system is made up of 63 miles of asbestos cement, PVC, ductile iron, HDPE, and concrete cylinder pipe. A significant portion of the system consists of 55- year-old pipe. In many of the early residential neighborhoods pipes are located in the backyards and are the main distribution lines for those areas. A better understanding of how to move these lines out of the back yards and in to the public streets is needed to more efficiently maintain, repair, and meter the secondary system. A major portion of the scope of work will involve, a renewable energy generation, identifying areas of the delivery system where losses and inefficiencies are occurring, and mapping the information to determine conservation methods. The incorporation of various sensors, new piping, meters, and new structures will be addressed because of large water loss through the aging infrastructure. With a well-developed Water Conservation and Management Plan, prioritized and tied to funding, HCIC will pursue cost effective improvements.
Backyard Pipe Replacement: The HCIC secondary water piping and metering project is located in the area of 700 East and 350 North in Kaysville. Distribution lines in this project area are currently located within the backyards of the residential lots and consist of mostly 4” and 6” asbestos cement, and galvanized steel pipe. These pipes require frequent repairs that are difficult to access. HCIC is going to abandon the backyard waterlines and install new PVC waterlines in the public roads. The project also includes the installations of approximately 84 secondary water flow meters, and flow control valves. Metering has become an essential conservation measure that has been proven in the area to help educate users of their water usage. This is the beginning of a number of planned meter projects for the Company that will bring us closer to a goal of metering all of our system by 2030.
Green Street Modification and Renewable Energy: HCIC green road piping, metering, and small hydro project consists of installing PVC pipe, pressure reducing valve, vault, meters, and a small hydroelectric turbine in the area of this reservoir. The hydro turbine is estimated to create between 125 and 150 KW of power that can be used to help power some of the HCIC facilities and /or be sold back to the power company. New pipes and valves will reduce water loss due to leaks and line breaks and allow us to abandon the 55 year old lines. The project also includes the installation of approximately 75 secondary flow meters. It is anticipated that 159 acre-feet of water / year savings will be achieved by installing the new material. This project is one more step HCIC is taking to reduce the need to buy more water at substantially higher rates.
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