The long planned construction of Streetsboro's $3.49 million water tower is finally under way.
Discussion about the need for water tower dates back to at least 2004, and about a month ago Mayor Glenn Broska said Caldwell Tank broke ground at a piece of city-owned property off Route 43 at the former site of the Carter Lumber facility.
"This is something we've needed for quite some time now," he said.
Water Superintendent John Kuklisin said the 1.5-million gallon tower is planned for completion by August 2015.
"In Tinkers Green, we may be able to eliminate the booster pump station," he said, explaining the neighborhood's water pressure is about 50 pounds per square inch without the pump on and about 70 pounds per square inch with it on.
Each day, he said the city uses about 1 million to 1.2 million gallons of water.
Broska said the tower will be the first of several steps in improving water quality citywide, by eliminating dead-end water lines and upgrading existing water lines.
"It's necessary for us to continue to improve the water infrastructure by continuing those lines and looping as many of them as we can," said Broska.
Kuklisin said the city is planning to install water lines for Gaynelle and Meldon Drives and other areas of Sunny Slopes and also upgrade those on Nita, Blitz and Lido lanes and Gillie Drive.
"We're just now in the planning stages of these water projects," he said, adding the city doesn't have bids for them yet. "We've got to figure out what the projects will cost before we figure out what it's going to cost the property owner."
In areas where a water line dead ends, Broska said sediment can settle and create cloudy, sediment filled water for the last homes along the line. Creating loops of water lines keeps water moving and does not give sediment the opportunity to settle.
An "agitator" inside the tank will help preserve the water quality, as well, said Broska.
Kuklisin said the agitator prevents water from freezing and prevents sediment from settling.
Broska said the water tower will be paid out of the water fund.
"We took a bond out, and the bond will be paid from proceeds from the water fund," he said.
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