2010-01-09 / News

Water tower to hold 1/2 million gallons

The Village of Buckeye Lake’s new water tower is under construction near Mill Dam Road. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon The Village of Buckeye Lake’s new water tower is under construction near Mill Dam Road. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE - Buckeye Lake’s new water tower will be operational this month, but it won’t look like a lighthouse until significantly later. Buckeye Lake Council Clerk Tim Matheny said the village hasn’t completely decided exactly how the water tower will be decorated, other than that it will resemble a light house. The village council discussed the details during its Dec. 14 meeting.

But, Jack Christy, construction administrator for project engineer M•E Companies, said he knows for certain the tower will be 140 feet tall when complete. He estimates the tower will be operational Jan. 15, 2010, which means it will be fully functional but not decorated or filled with water yet. “We’ll stain it when it warms up,” he said. In the meantime, Christy said the tower’s “bowl” at the top would be disinfected before any water is introduced. The bowl will store up to one half million gallons of water and will be lined with fiberglass, which he said requires less maintenance than a steel lined tank.

Christy said the water is only stored in the bowl, not the tower’s stem other than what’s in the pipes, and the bowl provides the water pressure for the entire distribution system. Frankly, he said, the pump station on the opposite end of town where Buckeye Lake’s distribution system meets the bulk water source pipe from Millersport’s water plant really won’t operate that often. Basically, the pump station circulates fresh water through the system and adds pressure in the event there’s a fire or the hydrants are flushed. He said Millersport’s water tower is roughly 20 feet higher that Buckeye Lake’s and gravity will take care of much of the flow between the towers.

Many people have wondered about the American flag that seems to rise along with the unfolding tower. Christy said the flag is attached to construction equipment contractor Gateway Tank Company keeps at the top of the tower to pour the concrete for the base; the bowl will be steel. So, the higher the water tower gets, the higher the flag waves.

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