South Hill water tower begins service after extended wait

Utilities: $3.2 million structure expected to serve more than 600 homes

Special to the HeraldFebruary 5, 2014 

A 1 million gallon water tower built on South Hill is scheduled to be operational this week, nearly two months beyond the anticipated completion date.

Fruitland Water Company General Manager Ted Hardiman said the tower, built at 74th Street near 112th Street East, was scheduled to go online Monday. The original date for completion was Dec. 5.

The facility will go through 10 days of testing before it’s accepted by the water company.

The $3.2 million water tower will serve about 650 homes on South Hill. The area will include customers bordered by state Route 512, 128th Street East, Woodland Avenue East and 86th Avenue East.

The 30-foot-tall tower includes a booster pump station. The five pumps will provide up to 3,800 gallons of water per minute, Hardiman said. It should increase a customer’s water pressure by a little more than 23 pounds per square inch.

“That is significant,” he said.

The water tower project had been in the works for nearly 20 years, Hardiman said. It took a long time to purchase the required property and complete engineering, he said.

The tower will be served by an aquifer located about 218 feet below the surface. It replaces a 100,000-gallon tank that was built in 1963.

Tom McCrady is a freelance reporter for the Herald.

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