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New Water Tower To Be Put In Service Next Week

July 13, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
The new Gladbrook water tower is scheduled to go on line later in the week of July 16th. The new 150,000 gallon elevated storage tank installation is complete and the final cleaning, chlorination and testing is being completed this week. The new tower is 123’ tall which puts it over 36’ higher than the existing 75,000 gallon tower that was erected in approximately 1937 and was a reconditioned tank when installed. This taller, higher water tower will increase water pressure to the ultimate consumers. There were also new high service pumps installed at the water plant to be able to fill the tower and maintain the water distribution system. These new pumps are more energy efficient. In addition to the new pumps installed at the plant, several isolation gate valves, a new fluoride injection system and new water system controls were installed to help with the operation of the plant. Besides the upgrade to the water plant and the installation of the new larger tower, over 8,000 feet of new 6 and 10 inch water mains were installed. The worst condition water mains in town were replaced. Some of these new water mains replaced smaller 4 inch mains and some installations completed water distribution loops to get better overall flow and also provide better pressure to the end users. This is where we need the public’s help. As we slowly turn on the new water tower during the middle of next week, the entire system will be under a higher pressure. This may cause a potential leak in a weak section of water main. If you see water coming out of the ground where it wasn’t before contact City Hall and we will follow up on the situation. As property owners, you may also experience a leaking weak joint or shut off valve. As always, the city is responsible for the water mains but it is the property owner’s responsibility from the water main to the property and inside. If you will be on vacation during this start-up period, you may want to consider shutting off your water at your service point near the meter until you return. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Project Engineer, Mike Bearden during the day at 800-542-7981, ext 21 or evenings at 641-751-0945.

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Mark Lowry begins the laborous task of filling the new Gladbrook water tower.



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