In order to test its water tank, Stokesdale will have to drain it next month.
Testing on the town's water tank next month will necessitate draining the tank and purchasing a large amount of water to refill it.
Town Clerk Carolyn Joyner says that tentatively, the tank is scheduled to be drained in October. After the draining and testing, the town will be required to purchase up to 300,000 additional gallons of water to refill the tank.
At the Sept. 20 council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Randy Braswell said he was curious about whether the town could control the amount of water purchased before the tank was drained.
"Instead of buying a couple hundred thousand gallons of water from Winston-Salem when we know we're going to have to dump it on the ground at some point in October, how are we anticipating water levels in the tanks for the upcoming maintenance?" he asked.
Joyner explained that the amount of water the town purchases is based on how much citizens are using, and that it was like turning on a faucet in your home.
"Our faucet [for the town] is always on, so water is always flowing through the pipe," Joyner said. "How much water is flowing depends on how much citizens are using. So if everyone is taking a shower, running the dishwasher and doing laundry, we use a lot more water." Councilman Bill Jones also pointed out that all of the town's water does not go through the tank.
"It's storage for those times when everyone comes home and wants to take a shower and the pipes can't get enough water through on their own," Jones said.
Though the water tank will be empty during the maintenance procedure, Joyner assured everyone that an experienced person would be there to assist the town during the draining process and citizens would still have access to running water. The testing will determine what maintenance is required in the spring.