TWIN FALLS • Remember the Twin Falls water emergency earlier this month? So does the city.

Tonight, the Twin Falls City Council will hear a pitch from Public Works Director Jon Caton on a two-phase fix to the water storage problem, including installing back-up generators and planning a new water storage facility.

Three weeks ago, a windstorm knocked out power to the water facility, dropping the city’s water supply to critically low levels and shutting down the city’s major industrial businesses as Idaho Power worked to restore power to the water pumps. 

It’s not something the city wants to experience again. Caton is proposing installing back-up generators on-site, which the council will consider tonight. He will also discuss a long-term fix, which may involve a new water storage facility. That also involves evaluating the city’s growth plan, water storage capacity, available back-up power and more.

Among other actions, the council will also consider:

• Accepting a $20,000 grant from the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Aeronautics for the Twin Falls airport.

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• Hear an update on plans for a city recreation center.

• Approving a request from the Library Board of Trustees to approve a $17,585.12 Idaho Power Rebate Check to finish library projects.


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