The six-inch water main that supplies residents in a subdivision north of Colchester and others near Lake Argyle is in need of repair. It lays across the supporting structure under a bridge on North Coal Street. The line is sagging 14 inches at two different joints, one of which is leaking.
The city will pay $7,000 for a short-term fix. Tharp Brothers of Oquawka will shore up the line within the next 10 days.
The city won't know the condition of the line until that work is completed. The location makes inspection difficult. The pipe is also covered in insulation.
Colchester residents might soon see a new charge on their sewer bills. It could be just the first of several.
The city council has given first reading to proposed ordinance to add the $4 monthly fee. The city needs the money because the Illinois EPA is requiring the city to update its sewer and water treatment systems.
Mayor Danny Bice said the city has little choice but to raise more money. The city is looking for financing from federal and state agencies.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has cited Colchester for 28 violations of water quality regulations. The violations occurred from January through August of last year. The EPA gave the city 90 days to comply.
The city has been working to solve its water woes. It has completed one phase of the project.. The next two phases will take up to 2 1/2 years and cost up to $4 million.