City officials recently learned that Gov. Gray Davis approved a $400,000 grant in the new state budget for replacement of the water tank on Hefley Street that ruptured in September. "We're thrilled that the governor has approved the allocation," City Manager Don Vestal said.

The city's other reservoir, similar to the tank that ruptured, is empty. Officials are awaiting the results of a study by engineers, the outcome of litigation against the city's insurance company and a request for federal assistance before making a decision on whether to repair or replace that tank, Public Works Director Brad Fowler said. But, he said, "replacement would be the optimal solution."

The city already has determined three possible locations for a new water tank: at the east side of Hoover Street, south of Hazard Avenue; at Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue; and the existing site on 23rd Street and Monroe Street.

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