The proposed upgrade to the water system serving Westside Bay and Nantucket condominiums are in the process of being reviewed by officials, including an independent fire protection engineer.

The proposed upgrade to the water system serving Westside Bay and Nantucket condominiums are in the process of being reviewed by officials, including an independent fire protection engineer.

The plans come after state and local code agencies found that the system was inadequate to feed the sprinklers of three condominium buildings that contract for service with the system owner, along with other issues.

According to a press release from the TT Sewer Company (TTSC), which owns the water system that services Westside Bay, Nantucket Bay and Nantucket Rentals condos, the company has finalized engineering for facility upgrades that will meet water-pressure requirements for Westside Bay and Nantucket condominiums, located in the Shawnee Bend area of Camden County.

“The plan, prepared by LO Environmental of Osage Beach, clears the way for work on the company’s water system that will include addition of a 10,000-gallon pressure tank and other improvements,” the press release states.

The project is expected to cost around $75,000, including a $7,500 engineering fee paid by TTSC.

TTSC and the three condominium associations will share the expense of the improvements, according to the press release.

The plans have been submitted to the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District for approval and will then be forwarded to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for final approval.

Bids for construction of the improvements are currently being solicited from utility contractors by TTSC.

Condo unit owners were facing possible evacuation of the Nantucket Bay Building #700 (Nantucket RCI), Westside Bay Building #2 and Westside Bay Building #300. Official letters from the SBFPD were sent to condominium association officers and Nantucket Bay Development in August warning of possible evacuation if a plan was not soon put in place to fix the water system issues. An independent review of the system and sprinklers by a nationally-recognized fire protection engineering firm - Poole Fire Protection of Olathe, Kan. - classified the buildings as "unsafe" per the building codes in place by the fire district at the time each was permitted. The buildings include approximately 80 units.

The report found that the water supply was inadequate to feed the sprinkler system and that the sprinklers would not work properly in the case of a fire.

The upgrades being undertaken by TTSC will meet pressure requirements for the three condominiums’ fire-suppression systems, the press release emphasized.

According to TTSC, the water and sewer system was initially designed to service various phases of the Nantucket condominium development. After the Westside Bay septic system failed in 2012 a federal judge ordered the company to connect Westside Bay condominiums to the sewer and water systems.