By SHERIDAN CYR
The Town Council voted to approve a positive referral from the Planning and Zoning Commission that will allow the Southington Water Department to install a two-million-gallon, 65-foot concrete water tank, and a 120-foot communication tower.
Currently, the town has two one-million-gallon tanks. One was built in 1949 and the other in 1963. The two tanks require painting every 15 years and continuous maintenance.
“It is very expensive to maintain the old steel tanks,” said Bill Casarella, the Southington Water Department superintendent. “Due to the cost and safety issues, the Board of Water Commissioners thought it was more cost effective to purchase land and build one two-million-gallon, concrete storage tank, which should last 100 years.”
The tank will be located off of Mill Street, and Casarella said there will be a border of arborvitae trees to shield the tank somewhat from nearby residents.
The town currently leases space on the two existing towers and will plan to continue that with the new tank. Casarella said the money received for the leases is strictly put away for maintenance of the tank.
The project was unanimously approved by the PZC on June 5 and by the Town Council on June 11. With Tighe and Bond as the engineering consultant, bids will go out in the fall of 2018 and construction will begin in the spring. The project is anticipated to be fully operational in the spring of 2020. The two old tanks will continue in operation until the new tank is fully online, then the old tanks will be demolished.
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