Archive for Thursday, June 29, 2000

City’s newest water tower nears completion

June 29, 2000

Construction on Eudora's new water tower is nearing completion, with its start estimated to be late August.

Eudora City Engineer Matt Taylor said no official schedule has been presented to him by Caldwell Tanks, the Louisville, Ky. construction company erecting the 300,000 gallon tower. He hopes with favorable conditions for construction the structure will be completed by next week.

"They're going to have water connected to it probably by the end of next week," Taylor said.

The tower will need to connect with a main water line, which connects with Eudora's existing water infrastructure. With a majority of the construction completed, only some electrical work for lights, sandblasting and painting remains.

"The inside has to be painted before it goes into operation," Taylor said. "The outside doesn't have to be, but it would get rusty pretty quick."

Taylor said much of the completion would depend on the painting. Much of the work depends on the actual preparation of the 130-foot tower than its actual painting process.

"I'd guess (completion by) the end of August because painting still takes a little while," Taylor said. "It takes more prep time than it does to finish."

The decision to erect the tower came after city council members heard from Eudora High and other houses in the southern part of town complaining of poor water pressure last summer. The new tower, Taylor said, would help the pressure because the water will not have to travel as far.

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