Central Point plans to install a three-million-gallon reservoir to handle the city's water storage needs for at least the next 20 years, city officials say.

Central Point plans to install a three-million-gallon reservoir to handle the city's water storage needs for at least the next 20 years, city officials say.

Bidding for the project, a $5.6 million upgrade to effectively double Central Point's water-storage capacity, will close July 28.

The city will use a loan from the state for engineering and construction costs.

Another $1.5 million, which City Administrator Phil Messina said had been set aside in recent budget cycles and from water-system fees, has been used to purchase land for the facility and to ready existing infrastructure for the project.

The reservoir will be adjacent to Don Jones Memorial Park off Vilas Road, in an open field east of the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial.

Public Works and Parks Director Matt Samitore said the project was recommended in a water master plan completed last year that assessed current and future water use and needs by residents and businesses. The assessment showed water-storage capacity was a problem during hot summer months.

— Buffy Pollock, for the Mail Tribune