In addition to large pumping stations, there are many small pump houses that protect critical field equipment used in Fayetteville, Arkansas. One particular building protects a jet pump on a pneumatic tank at the bottom of the hill that allows water to flow to houses in a rural area of town.
During a large ice storm in 2010, a tree fell on the structure and damaged an antenna attached to the building. However, the structure itself didn’t have a dent in it. “As you can see, the building fared very well,” said Aaron Watkins, Pump and Tank Technician for the City of Fayetteville. In addition, because the building had vents, city workers were able to put a generator into the structure so that water could continue to flow despite the power outage. For the municipal employees of the City of Fayetteville, the challenge was to keep citizens supplied with basic needs during this time of crisis. “Even though many areas were without power for several weeks, no one went without water during that whole time,” he explained.