If you happened to be on Main Street in Cunningham early this week, you might have noticed a steady stream of water flowing from the fire hydrant near the First & Main Cunningham Museum. The water flowing to the draw on the city’s east side amounted to an estimated 525,000 gallons over a two-day period. The wasted water was necessary in order to keep pressure in the city water mains during maintenance to the water tower.
Workers from Cunningham Sandblasting & Painting of Riverton, Kansas began repairs to the water tower in Cunningham last week. Monday and Tuesday of this week, the tank was drained to allow welders to complete some of their work. City water wells ran continuously during this time. Water pressure was maintained by two pressure relief valves installed on fire hydrants – one at First and Main, the other at Wilmot and Florence. Tuesday afternoon, the work inside the tank was finished and water valves were reopened to fill the tank.
The contract for the work, recommended following an inspection last year, calls for replacing the roof vent on the tank, replacing the hatch on the tank roof, adding an auxiliary access hatch into the tank at the walkway level, removal and replacement of the overflow pipe, repainting of areas affected by the modifications inside and out, and cleaning and sanitizing the interior surfaces prior to refilling the tank. The cost of the work is $16,281. Work was completed Wednesday evening.