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Old 05-14-2009, 07:06 PM
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Smile New water tower climbing higher

Just south of the SoBoCo Elementary and Primary Schools, the first leg of the new City of Ashland water tower is climbing upwards of about 75-feet.

The water tower, being built by Phoenix Fabricators of Indiana, will provide 500,000 gallons of water storage and is being paid for by voters who approved a $3.2 million bond in 2006. The bond money has also paid for sewer upgrades and drilling the water well where the storage tank is being built.

Helping the project along is a $500,000 grant courtesy of the State of Missouri.

"We definitely have a nice opportunity with the grant, which was a direct result of voters authorizing the original bond issue," said Ashland Mayor Mike Asmus.

According to Ashland's public works director John Fraga, the storage tank construction began with pouring concrete foundations which are about 4-feet by 4-feet and 10-feet deep. The storage tank itself is built in pieces in Kentucky and shipped to the site where it is welded together by a crew of five men. The speed of the work is dictated by weather - wind as well as rain - but Fraga said the company is still on schedule for a mid-June date of completion.

"That is only the first phase," Fraga said of building the storage tank. "We then have to have primer coatings done on the inside and outside and the welds all inspected. While we are doing that, they will be installing the underground piping from the well house to the tower and the distribution system. We should be storing water in the new tank by the end of November."

The new water tower will be similar to the existing tower on north Henry Clay, except with a larger capacity to pump and store water.

The 500,000 gallon tank (the current tank holds 300,000 gallons) will be a six-legged structure.

"Peak water usage has been as much as 300,000 gallons in recent years," Fraga said. "This additional water pumping and storage will take us out to about 20 years of growth. The big benefit is that it will give us more adequate fire protection."
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