Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Zach Spadt
Pine Bluffs Post 

Malfunctioning electronic system causes town water tank to blow its lid

 

Zach Spadt/Pine Bluffs Post

The lid of the 600,000 gallon water tank in Pine Bluffs exhibiting damage from a recent telemetry malfunction. Town Engineer Charles Lidstone said the blowout was the result of a blocked screen causing water pressure to build up.

A malfunctioning telemetry system caused a 600,000 gallon water tank used to store drinking water for Pine Bluffs to blow its lid. Fortunately, however, the town was just preparing to bring a new 300,000 gallon tank online.

In an email to the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board, Charles Lidstone, Town Engineer, said the problem began when the telemetry system failed, allowing water to be pumped from the wells at a rate of 900 gallons per-minute, causing the water to hit the 24-gauge mesh screen, which is required by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and the Federal Enviro...



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