Officials discuss low water pressure issue

A MEETING involving representatives of Rayland and Tiltonsville is being planned as a solution is sought about the low water pressure problem plaguing the village of Rayland.

Not only was the problem discussed by Rayland officials early in the week, but hydrants were tested Thursday. The testing, according to Rayland Village Administrator Richard Bibbo, revealed losses in water pressure in various hydrants, both in Rayland and Tiltonsville.

Low water pressure was encountered Sept. 7 when a blaze, which destroyed an abandoned house and a duplex, was being battled by five fire departments in Rayland. It was necessary for the Belmont County Tanker Task Force to transport water to the fire scene.

Rayland Mayor Tammy Morelli reported during this week’s meeting of Rayland council that the tanker task force and several area fire departments currently are first responders in case of a fire in Rayland because of the pressure problem.

Efforts to solve the problem also were taken in September when a valve in Rayland’s main waterline was replaced by another valve, and the next main line valve was replaced by a piece of pipe. The pressure problem, however, continued.

The Jefferson County Water and Sewer District this week provided a pressure gauge for Rayland to test the hydrants. Testing, according to Bibbo, was done on the last two hydrants in Tiltonsville near the corporation line between the two villages and the first and second hydrants in Rayland.

Bibbo said the next to last hydrant in Tiltonsville showed a water flow of 860 gallons a minute while testing of the last hydrant showed 400 gallons a minute. That is a drop in water flow of 460 gallons a minute in a one-block area.

The water flow for the first hydrant in Rayland was 330 gallons a minute, and the flow for the second hydrant was 300 gallons a minute. This means decreases in water flow of 70 gallons between the Tiltonsville and Rayland hydrants and 30 gallons between the two Rayland hydrants.

Testing during the last two months shows that the pressure loss was greater between the Tiltonsville and Rayland hydrants prior to the valve work in September.

Also tested this week was the fire hydrant near the Rayland municipal building, and the water flow was 160 gallons a minute. This is a decrease of 170 gallons a minute between that hydrant and the village’s first hydrant.

Noting the need to solve the insufficient water pressure problem as quickly as possible, Bibbo said he plans to meet with Tiltonsville Village Administrator Carl Sgalla to work on the problem.

At Morelli’s request, Sgalla also had attended a Rayland Village Council meeting in September concerning the lack of water pressure.

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