Water Lines Leaking in Fulton

1 decade 2 months 3 weeks ago July 10, 2006 Jul 10, 2006 Monday, July 10 2006 Monday, July 10, 2006 6:22:28 PM CDT in News

"We just start scrambling to get enough bottled water for the night rush," said Carla Totsikas, the manager.

Fulton officials also are scrambling for money to stop the leaks, although there's no cost estimate.

"Replacing the downtown infrastructure is going to be very expensive," said Bill Johnson, city administrator. "The city of Fulton doesn't really have that kind of money laying around in order to do something like that, so we are going to investigate a large number of funding alternatives."

Johnson said Fulton might try to get money from grants, foundations, loans and the Missouri Department of Transportation. But, the addition of two new water towers could make the problem worse.

"It's going to increase the water pressure throughout the community, but about 20 pounds to the tap. There is some concern this increased water pressure in the 100-year-old water lines is going to cause additional breakage," admitted Johnson.

"As long as they get the problems fixed," said Totsikas, "they have been very good about communicating with us. If they let us know ahead of time, we can handle it very well."

A review of the water problem is on tap for Tuesday night's Fulton City Council meeting.

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