The Village of Delia has just embarked on a big new project. They are expanding their current water reservoir to be better prepared for a emergency.
"Right now, the existing water supply is basically short of fire insurance underwriters specifications," explains Delia CAO Mark Nikota. "So while we have a good supply, if we had a major fire or something in the village, we would run out pretty quick. This just gives us more on site storage and better access to the water in case we have and emergency."
While the project is necessary to help keep the village residents safe, it does cost a pretty penny.
"The total project, which includes some equipment upgrades at the water distribution plant, is going to be close to 1.5 million. It is all capital money, we are also getting lots of grant money from various levels of government so that is going to help out quite a bit. We are basically going to budget to pay the rest of it back within five years," said Nikota.
The village portion will cost $548,080.
The clock is ticking for the construction of the reservoir to be started there is certain stipulations on the grant money awarded to the village.
"It should be done by spring of 2019. That is when the federal grant stipulates it needs to be done by. We are rushing through this one pretty good," concluded Nikota.