In a world that seems to change from one minute to the next, most of us feel assured at least that the ground underfoot stays the same. Suppose you happen to be an MUA executive monitoring the number of iron deposits in the ground we pump our water from, though. In that case, you are noticing a lot more changes than the rest of us.
MUA Executive Director Justin Flancbaum tells LNN that increasing iron deposits are taking a toll on Lakewood MUA infrastructure and equipment. “Pumps and motors that we used to get five or six years out of are now being switched out at a rate of closer to once every two years,” Flancbaum says. Pump and motor replacement is expensive, coming in at roughly $30,000. Still, it can fluctuate depending on the work that needs to be done. We have been replacing a pump annually in recent years.