Last updated: June 01. 2013 11:43AM - 90 Views
Jessica Pickens
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The town of Elkin is looking at a computerized water model that will help produce water more efficiently.

Engineer Ryan Hagan presented a water model to the commissioners at Monday’s town hall meeting, showing how it could benefit Elkin.

“It collects data by looking at tanks, pumps, valves and pressures zones to measure our water usage,” said engineer Ryan Hagan.

The system shows how water ages each day and how much water is going through the pipes, Hagan said.

“As pipes age, they have corrosion inside of them,” he said. “After 50 years, the corrosion greatly reduces the water’s ability to go through.”

The cost of the model ranges from $15,000 to $30,000. The town can begin on a smaller scale model and build on as needed.

“I think we need to take time to study the model,” said commissioner J.L. Lowe.

Also at the Monday’s Town Hall Meeting:

-Leslie Schlender, economic development director, presented to the commissioners several articles written about Elkin.

“We hosted 13 writers in the spring and toured them around the area,” she said. “It’s the best form of advertising we can get.”

Most recently, Elkin has been featured in Our State magazine and Blue Ridge Country magazine.

-Commissioner Cicely McCulloch reported that nearly $8,000 was made at Reevestock, and it brought several people from out of town in for the concert.

“We had people coming from the coast and others from Kitty Hawk,” she said. “We had several new people coming to Elkin following their favorite bands.”

The commissioners recessed until the semi-annual Project Update Meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. For more information contact the Elkin Town Hall at 835-9800.

Reach Jessica Pickens at 835-1513 ext. 18 or jpickens@heartlandpublications.com

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