Floor pour this weekCrews remain on schedule for September completion date
In spite of heavy rains last week, the construction of the new one million gallon water tank remains on schedule and the base of the construction is expected to be poured sometime this week.
This morning crews worked to set up a circular wooden outline of the tank just east of the existing water tank that will be filled with cement. City administrator Brent Hinson said this morning that the construction is proceeding according to plan.
“It is coming along very well,” he said.
The Washington City Council voted in October 2013 to replace the existing water reservoir, which is suffering structural problems. Hinson said that the new reservoir is expected to be online in September and, when it is functioning, the old reservoir will be demolished.
Water plant superintendent Chad McCleary said that he didn’t believe the rains that the area received last week had slowed work on the base. He said there is no set timeline, but that the crews had planned to pour the foundation for the tank this week.
According to the design, the reservoir will be divided into two parts that will each hold 500,000 gallons. The design of the reservoir is circular to maximize water flow, and the second chamber would also be a circular chamber located inside the main chamber. The benefit would be that one chamber could be taken out of service for cleaning or maintenance without disrupting the system. All the water feeding into Washington’s system goes through the reservoir on North Fourth Avenue.
Hinson said that the city eventually plans to dig a new well on the site that the reservoir is currently located on. The total project, including demolition of the existing reservoir is $1,622,088.
In addition to the water storage tank, the city also plans to replace water towers over the next few years.