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RICHMOND â€” The town of Richmondâ€™s water tank is old and in need of repair, but like a Rube Goldberg machine, one small move will cause a chain reaction: The water tank canâ€™t be repaired unless it temporarily taken down; it canâ€™t be taken down unless another water tower is constructed first to keep Richmondâ€™s system afloat. And, after the old water tank is repaired, it will be put back online so that Richmond will have two water tanks.
Also, the water isnâ€™t only for Richmond â€“ the town Hopkinton has 48 residents who are on the Richmond water line.
Hopkinton Town Council President Frank Landolfi said that by a 1991 contract Hopkinton is responsible for 17.5 percent of the capital expenses and maintenance of the water tower.
â€śItâ€™s a $2 million contract and after you subtract the grants that Richmond is going to get, itâ€™s like $1.2 million and itâ€™s a lot of money for our town,â€ť he said. â€śThe old tank needs to be repaired and [Richmond] needs something to be brought on line and obviously that makes sense.â€ť
Richmond Town Administrator Rob Rock said the town council passed a resolution for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The towns of Richmond and Hopkinton concerning construction of the new water tower for the Richmond water system.
â€śThe current tank is very old and needs renovations very badly,â€ť Rock said. â€śWeâ€™re putting up a new water tank so that we can take the other one down and repair it. Then when it comes back up, weâ€™re going to have two water tanks on either end of the system and thatâ€™s really going to be beneficial to the system.â€ť
He added, â€śThe water line has grown since its inception and it just needs to have some redundancy in the system to make sure that thereâ€™s balance.â€ť
Rock said he wasnâ€™t sure how much the repairs to the old tank would cost.
â€śWeâ€™ve got to get inside and see how bad it is,â€ť he said. â€śThereâ€™s been some very very limited work done on it over the years. Itâ€™s not known what itâ€™s going to cost at this time to renovate it.â€ť
Rock added, â€śThe water tank thatâ€™s being built is going to be a bit over $2 million and weâ€™re working on getting some loan grants from the federal government. I believe that last year at the town meeting, the voters approved money for a new water tank.â€ť
Rock said that Richmond planned to have a pre-construction meeting on Jan. 29 and hoped to get construction started soon.
â€śA lot will depend on the weather but weâ€™re hoping to start within the next two months or so, but thatâ€™s weather permitting,â€ť said Rock.