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CROSSVILLE CITY COUNCIL REVIEWS RAW WATER CAPACITY MASTER PLAN

During their work session yesterday, the Crossville City Council reviews a raw water capacity master plan. It deals with the future of water supply in the city.

Currently, Meadow Park Lake Water Treatment Plant has a current capacity of 3.5 million gallons a day with a maximum capacity of 14 million gallons a day. Holiday Hills Water Treatment Plant has a current capacity of 4 million gallons a day with a maximum capacity of 5.5 million gallons a day. That makes a total from the two plants of a current capacity of 7.5 million gallons a day with a maximum capacity of 19.5 million gallons a day. In the reservoirs, Meadow Park Lake has a safe yield of 3.58 million gallons a day, Holliday Hills has a safe yield of 5.34 million gallons a day and Lake Tansi has 3.5 million gallons a day.

According to the water moderate usage forecast, Crossville, West Cumberland Utility District Crab Orchard Utility District and industrial growth will demand 8.06 million gallons of water a day in the year 2037. The number is projected to rise to 10.98 in the year 2067.

According to the water high usage forecast, Crossville, West Cumberland Utility District Crab Orchard Utility District and industrial growth will demand 9.19 million gallons of water a day in the year 2037. The number is projected to rise to 12.05 in the year 2067.

One project being considered is raising the Meadow Park Lake dam. Meadow Park Lake was constructed in 1938. If raised, it would increase the safe yield of water from 3.58 million gallons a day to 4.8 million gallons a day.

The plan to improve the water supply would come in three phases. Phase one calls for raising Meadow Park Lake dam and relocating the raw water intake there. That will take a projected 39 months to complete.

Phase two would expand Meadow Park Lake to 7 million gallons of water a day. That will take an estimated 2 years to complete.

Phase three has two options. Option one would further expand Meadow Park Lake to 12.25 million gallons of water a day, improve the raw water intake at Holliday Hills, install a new treated water distribution line and demolish the Holiday Hills water treatment plant.

Option two is construct a new Holiday Hills water treatment plant that can handle 5.5 million gallons of water a day. That would take two years to complete, according to the report.

If approved, phase one would begin in 2019 and finished in 2026. Phase two would start in 2030 and Phase three in 2040.

The next steps of the massive project calls for phase one permits to be approved by the city council so work can start. Then, develop and submit a map of the permit area to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for approval. Letters would be sent to affected property owners and develop a list of alternatives for the proposed work. A outline of compensatory mitigation plan would have to be completed as well.

The Crossville City Council will consider the approval of paying for the permits at their meeting this Tuesday night (Oct. 8, 2019)

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