LIMA — Williams Reservoir will include a feature not found at Lima's other drinking water supplies, benches for walkers to rest.
While the public has long requested benches at the reservoirs, they haven’t been feasible, Assistant Utilities Director Mike Caprella said. The reservoir berms are only wide enough to accommodate necessary vehicles for maintenance, and benches would interfere with that.
When the city designed Williams, it incorporated several opportunities for improved recreation, including three benches at the northeast, southeast and southwest corners of the reservoir in Amanda Township.
Walking the entire reservoir means walking four miles, so the benches will help, Lima Mayor David Berger said.
“We appreciate the investment the Utilities Department has made, and we hope the public does as well,” Berger said.
To combat vandalism issues, the benches are concrete and secured to the ground, Caprella said. He said he hoped the public respects them and doesn’t attempt to vandalize them or toss them in the water.
The city started using water from Williams Reservoir in May. In December 2011, the city started filling the 5.1 billion gallon reservoir. The reservoir project, including pipes, pump station and land purchase, cost $23 million.
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