PALATKA’S PIPE PROGRESS
Palatka’s potable drinking water project replacing pipes more than a century old is making significant headway.
Public Works Director Jonathan Griffith said 4,500 linear feet of pipe and 13 fire hydrants have installed and more than 7,000 feet of existing antiquated cast-iron pipes from the 1880s were removed.
“There’s been a lot better flow,” Griffith said. “In a month or two months, we’ll really start to see the benefit.”
While Griffith said work in the North Historic DIstrict is close to completion, and the Southern Historic District is next. He expects to replace 11,256 linear feet of potable water main in 161 residences and add 17 new hydrants.
“It’s important getting that old, outdated, inefficient grid of pipes offline because there were multiple mains running on each street, not tied in at every intersection, so you got dead-end runs from an old fire service or a 2-inch pipe that somebody put in,” Griffith said. “Now, essentially, you have a grid of 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch pipe that’s going to provide a much better water quality for the citizens.”
The city allocated $525,448 to the first phase project from tax increment funds. The city also received a $500,000 grant from the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Finance Director Logan Becker said the city was in the process of getting state funding finalized.
“The expense numbers are likely to go up or down depending on aspects of the project,” Becker said.