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Hooksett looks to build new water tank

HOOKSETT — The Hooksett Village Water Precinct is looking to build a new water tank off Hackett Hill and do some water main work in the coming weeks.

The current 66-year-old tank is located off Route 3 behind the proposed Harmony Place development. The tank is old, failing and too small, and the Village Water Precinct is under orders to replace it, according to Superintendent Michael Heidorn.

Heidorn said they had initially been looking to replace the current tank with the help of Harmony Place developers, but decided to look elsewhere because of costs.

The new tank would be located on Hackett Hill land owned by the precinct that’s currently being used as a gravel pit. The gravel pit sits on a 50-acre lot, though the water tank would only be located on less than 2 acres.

“It’s at the right elevation,” Heidorn said. “...It’s an otherwise useless piece of land for us at this point.”

The town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment granted variances for the size of the lot and for the lack of frontage back in August.

The remaining land will be sold to Pike Industries, an asphalt and aggregate materials producing company whose corporate office is in Belmont, and which will continue to collect gravel from the land.

“We actually haven’t signed on the dotted line yet; that’s imminent,” Heidorn said.

Though there is blasting there frequently, Heidorn said they are working on conditions that will protect the structure of the tank.

“That’s been a primary concern for us from day one,” Heidorn said.

He said they have a consultant who is giving them specifications to include in the purchase and sales agreement for the land.

The new tank would hold about 1 million gallons of water. The old tank only held about 200,000 gallons.

A new water line will also be stretched from the tank, under the Everett Turnpike to the Pinnacle Street neighborhoods off Route 3A to let them connect into that existing distribution system.

The precinct serves over 3,000 Hooksett customers around the Hooksett Village area.

Representatives met with the town’s Planning Board last week to discuss the plans and approved the subdivision.

The Planning Board will need to give the site plan approval in the future.

The hope is to start construction sometime this fall and have the tank fully operational by June 2018.

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