Multi-million dollar water system overhaul to benefit fire department, community

Multi-million dollar water system overhaul to benefit fire department, community
This new water tower is part of Senath's $3 million project.

SENATH, MO (KAIT) - A multi-million dollar project that brings a huge overhaul to the water system in Senath is nearing completion.

It includes a new water tower, 40 to 50 new fire hydrants, and larger water pipes running throughout the city.

It's a $3 million project to benefit the whole community.

Possibly the biggest impact will be to the fire department, maybe even lowering its ISO rating.

The extra hydrants will make accessing one to fight a fire more convenient and the larger pipes will increase the water pressure.

For the rest of the community, it makes everyone more prepared in case of an emergency.

"We're hoping we don't have any kind of ice storm or whatever but if we do, we can still have water," Mayor Joe Lane said. "So we're proud we're getting all this done, it's a big project for us."

Mayor Lane said new digital water meters are being installed as well, that are able to detect leaks, saving money.

Funding for the project comes from several different avenues, including a community block grant, the United States Department of Agriculture, and small increases in water bills over the last four years.

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