Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Franklin County has awarded construction contracts for water system improvements, including a new water tower.

The district, also known as the Krakow Water District, serves about 4,000 residents in a rural area in and around Krakow and south of Washington.

Phoenix Fabricators was awarded a contract to build a new water tower for $859,500.

Martin General Contractors also was awarded a contract to perform the site work and system controls for $231,992.

The new tower will hold 400,000 gallons of water and replace the old 50,000-gallon tower located near the intersection of Highway A and Country Club Road.

The new tower will be built near that intersection and will provide better and more stable water flows and pressures along with additional water for fire protection.

The new tower will be a “single pedestal design, which will serve the district’s service area and customer base for decades to come,” said Joe Feldmann, water district president.

The old tower will be removed as new water lines and certain overhead electric lines will be placed underground for a cleaner and less obtrusive site.

An old water tower on Pottery Road that is no longer in use also will be removed.

Drill for Water Well

The water district also awarded Huey Construction a contract to drill a new deep well for $472,257 next to an existing water storage tank on High Ridge Drive near Highway BB.

This work will provide a redundant water source to serve the southern portions of the district’s service area.

Feldmann said the new deep well is expected to be 10 inches in diameter, 1,200 feet deep with a 60-horsepower motor to pump water into the water system and to the district’s two water towers on Highway A.

Work is beginning now on these projects and should be completed and in service by the end of the year, Feldmann said.

The district is paying for the work out of its budget. Last July, district officials said a 2.5 percent increase in water and sewer rates would help fund the improvements as well as help keep pace with inflationary cost increases and comply with new governmental-mandated regulations.