Water Department Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Water Department include operating and maintaining the water system and related facilities, reading water meters for usage, monitoring and administering the backflow prevention program, and repairing leaking or broken water lines.
Generally major line replacement or expansions of the system will be done by contractors. There are times when line extensions or replacements will be done by the department.
Rexburg's Water System
Water for the City of Rexburg is supplied from groundwater pumped directly into the system for culinary use. No treatment of the water is required or provided. Water is supplied from six wells located throughout the city. The water system is divided into three pressure zones whose water is distributed depending on the elevation of the user.
Supply and pressure is maintained by four water storage reservoirs that have a total capacity of 4,750,000 gallons. The water system also includes three booster stations that pressurize water into the system for use or for back-up of other zones. Water is distributed to the users through approximately 70 miles of piping that varies in size from two inches to 24 inches.
Rexburg Water Tower
The elevated water tower located on the hill above the city was recently repainted. The reservoir was last painted when it was constructed in 1981. The inside of the reservoir was sand blasted and repainted to extend the life of the reservoir. Since it has been painted, the reservoir should be good for another 20 years before painting is again required.