Island City water upgrade to include welded tank
Island City residents now have a clearer idea of what their water system will look like after it receives a $3 million upgrade.
The Island City City Council voted unanimously on Monday to have the new reservoir tank for the system be a welded tank. The new tank will look exactly like the welded one now in place on Walton Road.
The city council had the option of selecting a bolted steel tank instead instead of a welded tank. The bolted tank would cost less than a welded tank but would not look as nice because of its exposed bolts, councilors agreed. The precise location of the storage tank has not been selected, but it is known that it will be in a high visibility area, one reason why the welded tank was selected.
"In high visibility areas I think we should have something that looks good. It will be around homes and people who drive by everyday,'' said Island City Councilor Kevin Bradshaw.
Another plus is that welded tanks have steel floors which can not break if routine maintenance is conducted. Bolted tanks have concrete bases that on rare occasions can crack, said David Wildman, a project engineer with Anderson Perry & Associates, the firm serving as the engineer for the water project.
The new welded storage tank will hold the water from a well which will be drilled as part of the water system upgrade. The well is needed because only one of Island City's four wells is providing a substantial amount of water. One well cannot be used because it has nitrates and two others are quite small.With only well, Island City essentially does not have a backup system if the well it is using now breaks down, leaving the city at risk of running dry.