FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The city says efforts to add additional backup and improve reliability for more than 72,000 city utility water customers reached a major milestone on Wednesday.
Neighborhood leaders and elected officials celebrated the installation of the newest utility water tower tank on White Oak Drive.
At approximately 175 feet in the air, the 500,000 gallon tank will serve 72,473 homes, businesses, schools and churches in the central pressure area.
City Utilities released the following:
Water towers allow water to flow into neighborhoods during peak water usage times of the day and during power outages by using gravity to distribute water without electricity. They can also provide supplemental water to neighborhoods when firefighters are battling a fire.
“Although imposing in the air and very visible, the work of a water tower generally goes unnoticed. But when needed, the water towers can operate around the clock,” said Matthew Wirtz, deputy director of engineering for City Utilities. “Water towers help us maintain adequate pressure at a customer’s tap during peak hours and when something unusual, like a power outage, affects our distribution system. Their water stored at high altitudes allows us to distribute water by gravity and maintain stable water pressure in homes and businesses. »
Constructed by connecting multiple pieces of steel, crews from Caldwell Tanks Incorporated began installing the tank in March and completed it.
The 50 foot diameter reservoir will be painted, fed by a 24 inch mainline and operational by the end of the year.
City Utilities operates and maintains nine water towers throughout its network. The last built was the Lafayette Meadows Tower in 2006.