When did city announce 36th St. Tanks? Last May.

Several people have asked why the city didn’t tell anyone when it moved the new water tanks to teh 36th Street location.

Not to be argumentative (OK, yes I am) but this was not a secret. It was well announced, by the city, nearly a year ago.  Really, don’t you people keep these things in your scrapbook? OK, neither do I, but we do have an on-line archive of stories at our digital edition web site. Feel free to dig.

Here is a copy of a story by Mr. Scott Schwebke that ran May 27, 2008.



Standard-Examiner staff


OGDEN — Mart
Bushnell isn’t waiting around for the city to fix a water pressure problem plaguing his East Bench home.

This week, he will reluctantly pony up $1,200 for a booster pump to send a decade of frustration down the drain.

“It’s been a pain in the butt for the last 10 years,” said Bushnell, who never knows from one hour to the next whether he will have adequate water to shower, wash dishes or irrigate his lawn.

Poor water pressure in the vicinity of Bushnell’s home at 2795 Foothill Drive and throughout the East Bench is the most frequent complaint received by the city’s water department.

However, Craig Frisbee, the city’s water utility manager, is optimistic dissatisfaction will dissipate with a $52 million
infrastructure project set to begin next month.

“It will take care of all the low water pressure and low volume,” he said. “We’ll get less complaints. Everybody will be happy.”

The project calls for four new tanks capable of storing 10.2 million gallons of water to be installed within a year.

Two tanks will be on the hillside above Ninth Street, and the others will be placed at the top of 27th and 36th streets.

Booster pumps will deliver water to the four new tanks, creating adequate pressure for all existing East Bench homes, said City Engineer Kim Wallace.

Larger pipes, ranging from 8 inches to 24 inches, will also be installed to provide increased water flow.

The improvements could enable as many as 150 homes to be built north of Ogden Canyon and 50 homes at the mouth of Taylor Canyon, Wallace said.

Although the city hasn’t received plans for development in those areas, any new homes built would likely be annexed into Ogden, said Mayor Matthew Godfrey.

The East Bench’s long history of water-pressure problems are rooted largely in topography, Wallace said.

A 23rd Street reservoir is at an elevation of 4,735 feet, and another on 36th Street is situated at 4,916 feet, barely above some of the Bench’s homes.

“The reservoirs are not high enough to provide good pressure to some homes,” Wallace said.

The city uses booster pumps on Ninth, 36th and 46th streets to increase water pressure, but with less-than-adequate results.

During peak demand periods, some East Bench homes have only 20 to 30 pounds per square inch of pressure instead of an optimal 50 psi, Frisbee said.

As a result, on some hot summer days, Bushnell is forced to water his immaculate lawn in the middle of the afternoon — the worst possible time for conservation — because that’s when pressure is sufficient.

“It’s maddening, it’s frustrating, and it’s embarrassing,” said Bushnell, a retired military contractor.

Bushnell said his booster pump won’t solve irrigation problems, but will give him adequate pressure inside his house and, perhaps more importantly, peace of mind.

“It’s gotten to the point where I feel I have to do something,” he said.

Judith Mitchell, Bushnell’s neighbor at 1875 28th St., said she, too, is weary of being inconvenienced by inconsistent water pressure.

“Sometimes when you’re taking a shower, the water can go out completely,” she said in exasperation. “For a couple of minutes, there will be no water, then it will go back on.”

Mitchell, a professor of education at Weber State University, doesn’t mind paying more for water and sewer services to fund the infrastructure improvements, but she isn’t thrilled about the prospect of development in Taylor Canyon that may come as a result of the work.

“I don’t want any more homes above me,” she said.

Bushnell is more blunt, predicting a subdivision near the canyon would be an eyesore and geological hazard.

“It would screw it up to put a bunch of homes at the mouth of Taylor Canyon.”

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2 Responses to When did city announce 36th St. Tanks? Last May.

  1. dan s. says:

    Very interesting. This means that the city decided on the 36th Street location even before the engineering study that recommended that location had been completed.

    Of course, the emphasis of this article is on the 27th Street area, where Mr. Bushnell lives and where the new tank will be less than 1/10 the capacity of what they’re adding above 36th.

    The City Council, which had apparently already approved a plan to put a new tank at 46th, not 36th, probably read this and thought it was a typo.

    I have no idea what I was thinking at the time–probably too busy with our GRAMA lawsuit against the city.

  2. dan s. says:

    Charlie, I’m gonna use this space to gripe about a portion of your latest column, which was otherwise good. You said:

    “Part-time volunteer gadflies and bloggers have their place, but they are no match for full-time government. Wait for government to tell you about the land around the trails, for example; you wouldn’t know about the proposed hotel… That was Standard-Examiner reporter Scott Schwebke’s story on Thursday.”

    Ahem. It was actually part-time gadflies and bloggers who filed the GRAMA requests to get the minutes and maps from the Golf Course Committee, and who posted those maps along with a story on Weber County Forum a full six days before Schwebke’s story appeared.

    Schwebke’s story added some important information that he got by interviewing Kent Petersen, but he was not the one who did the real digging or broke the news.

    Your general point is valid but you should have picked a better example.

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