The spectacular feature of Ephraim City's $1.4 million culinary water project will undoubtedly be the new 1 million-gallon storage tank.
That's because the tank, which according to the original plan would have been located about a mile east of town, will instead be constructed on Manti Mountain, about eight miles up Ephraim Canyon in the Lake Hill area.The change in location will cost another $40,000 over the original $320,000 estimated cost and will result in a power savings of around $20,000 a year, City Manager Alan Grindstaff said. The added cost will be covered in around three years.
The new tank will be fully automated, Grindstaff said, and will not only augment the city's culinary water storage capacity but will increase production of the hydro-electric system.
Overall, Ephraim will spend around $1.4 million on its culinary system upgrade, with some bids awarded by early June.
The project, including the new storage tank, will include improvements to the collection system in Ephraim Canyon that will bring in more spring water and a major overhaul of the distribution system in town.