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Construction of city's water storage tank progressing quickly

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Could be ready to hold water by Thanksgiving

By Leslie Moore

 

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Construction of the city's 1-million-gallon water storage tank on KY 55 is running well ahead of the spring 2014 deadline set for its completion.

"The water tank construction is going well," Cheryl Sullivan, controller for Campbellsville Water & Sewer, said. "We should see the bowl portion at the top of the pedestal toward the end of August."

Project foreman Dwayne Cox from Kentucky-based Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors Inc. is leading construction of the tank.

Cox has worked on projects like this one all over the region and said water storage tanks are indicative of a community's growth.

"When you start seeing large water towers that go up, you know the town's growing," Cox said.

According to Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young, the main purpose of the tank is to have additional storage in case of an emergency and to improve water quality.

Young said there were several areas in the community with low water pressure. Once the tank is in use, possibly as early as Thanksgiving, the city's water pressure will increase by about 15 pounds.

"This water tank will improve the water quality for many of our customers and also provide more desirable water pressure for lots of people," Sullivan said.

"The increased water storage capacity will be a huge benefit for our residents and also future industrial growth."

Young said the city was told by Kentucky Division of Water staff members that the water tanks on Summit Drive and at the Clarcor site are out of date and should be repaired or replaced. Once the water storage tank is in service, those tanks will no longer be needed and will be dismantled.