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Wells $405K water tower restoration project under way

By Staff | Aug 28, 2011

The weather hasn’t been perfect and it’s been too humid at times.

That has put the water tower project in Wells a little bit behind schedule.

“We got a two-week late start. Right now it looks like we’ll be done near the end of September,” says Jeff Amy, superintendent of Wells Public Utilities.

Work was scheduled to begin in mid-July and be completed by the end of August.

In May, council members approved the issuance of general obligation bonds to help pay for the tower’s restoration estimated to cost $405,000.

“We’re right on budget, just not on schedule,” says Amy.

Replacing the tower’s inside and outside oxy coating was needed to end corrosion problems.

Also, the railings and ladders on the structure does not meet OSHA safety standards.

“Some of those minor things are being brought up to snuff,” he says.

The four new coats of oxy are expected to have a life expectancy of 20 years.

Amy says repairing the tower is far cheaper than putting up a new one for more than $1 million.

Generators and pressure tanks have been used to ensure a steady flow of water.

“We’ve had a few complaints, but overall the project is going quite well,” he says.

Before the project was started, Amy says, the state Department of Health and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency approved the plans.

“They gave us their blessing and everything is being done according to specifications,” he says.

At a recent council meeting, City Administrator Jeremy Germann reported some water mains had broken and residents were without service for a short time.

“Utility employees worked hard to fix the problem quickly,” Germann says.