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New England water tower ready for assembly

New England's water tower is on the verge of being completed. The unpainted components are collected behind the town's Public Works building, where it will be assembled this December. "It goes back to where the original tower in New England was,"...

New England's new water tower will be completed soon. The unpainted components are waiting behind the city's public works building for assembly to deliver better quality for the town. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)
New England's new water tower will be completed soon. The unpainted components are waiting behind the city's public works building for assembly to deliver better quality for the town. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)

New England's water tower is on the verge of being completed.

The unpainted components are collected behind the town's Public Works building, where it will be assembled this December.

"It goes back to where the original tower in New England was," Mayor Marty Opdahl said. "That was the most economical place to put it because of the existing infrastructure."

The new water tower is a part of New England's sewer replacement project, which began in 2014 and is now completing is third of four phases.

The third phase is estimated to cost about $5 million. The overall cost of the project will be roughly $17 million.

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A new water tower was badly needed, Jason Jung, city auditor, said.

"When the water tower project is completed, we're going to see a lot more water pressure for residents, which was a concern for many in town," he said.

The new water tower will connect directly with the Southwest Water vault, a key benefit of the project, Jung said.

"The water is going to go to the tower first, and then get distributed amongst the residents," he said. "Right now, the water is getting used by most of the residents before it gets to the water tower, because it's about a quarter to half mile north of town."

Because the source of the town's water is not connected directly to the tower, the tower is never completely filled, Jung said, as the water is being used before it can get there.

This causes other problems.

"The water becomes stagnant in there," he said. "Also, with the water level so low, residents on our west side of town have the worst water pressure because of that."

With the new water tower, residents, especially on the west side of town, will have better water clarity and pressure.

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"They couldn't even run a sprinkler," Jung said. "When they would turn on the sprinkler, the sprinkler head would not even go around. They could not use the spray hose in their kitchen sink because there wasn't enough pressure to have that come out."

Though it will be erected in December, it will not be painted until June.

"The temperature has to be above 60 degrees for a certain amount of days, and stay above 60 degrees in order to paint it," Opdahl said. "It's a special epoxy based paint."

Opdahl said he feels "really good" about how the project is coming along.

"They finished up Phase 3 except for punch list items and the water tower," he said, "but we all knew it was going to be that way."

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