After water is filtered, treated, and disinfected at West Parish Filters Water Treatment Plant, it travels to large storage tanks at Provin Mountain in Agawam. The storage tanks store water to maintain system pressure and maintain supply in the event of a sudden large use (such as a water main break). There are four tanks within Provin Mountain, which were built between 1909 and 1960. Three tanks are currently in service.
The Provin Mountain storage tanks require routine maintenance and upkeep so they remain operational. The Provin Mountain Tank Maintenance and Cleaning Project will address the cleaning of tanks 3 and 4. Cleaning will require the use of a dive team to enter the tanks with special safety gear. This project will comply with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation (MassDEP) regulations for routine cleaning of storage tanks and help to maintain this integral part of the water transmission and distribution system for many years to come.
The cost of this project is $160,000.