|Jeff Lenko preps for his dive.|
Suffice it to say that what Jeff found in our lake, no longer looks anything like this. While part of the intake was made of stainless steel, most of the box was not, and has developed gaping holes after 25 years. These holes allow anything from trash to turtles to enter the pump station.
There's certainly a lesson to be learned from this. Had the original intake screen box been made completely from stainless steel, the upfront cost would certainly have been higher. However, we also might not be looking at the cost of replacing the screen now, and the involved process to replace it.
With few other options, we will now need to have a new box fabricated and installed this winter. This can likely be done without draining the lake, but will require at least two people to get the job done.