Fayette council 11.14

Written by David Green.

Testing of Fayette’s village water supply indicates the system is providing an adequate flow.

The village conducted two water flow tests after school construction officials spoke last month about insufficient water flow for operation of the fire suppressant system.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm told Gorham Fayette school board members that the water system is 118 gallons a minute short of supplying an adequate flow.

He said the fire suppressant system was based on data supplied by the village, which indicated an adequate supply of water.

That data was collected for an ISO insurance rating at a location about 4,000 feet from the new school site.

In response to the problem, village workers made sure valves were fully opened on the system and then checked the flow at a hydrant on Renn Drive west of the school and on the same water line that serves the school.

Village utilities director Bob Seigneur obtained readings of about 650 gallons a minute. On Nov. 6, personnel from the City of Wauseon tested the flow with a different measuring system and obtained similar results. The figures obtained were about the same as the ISO data collected years ago that was given to the school construction team.

Spiess told council members Thursday the village water system appears to be functioning as designed.

“It was verified in a couple of different ways and we think we’re in good shape,” he said later.

It’s an old system, he added, but it’s moving water efficiently.

Spiess said the village remains willing to assist in working toward a solution.

NEXT MEETING—Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next regular meeting was moved to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the village hall.

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