Work on water tower costs $2.3M

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Rehabilitation of the Pain Court water tower is near completion.

The $2.3-million rehabilitation of the elevated water tower involved the replacement of the interior and exterior coatings of the 24-year-old structure.

Work on the project began in January for the tower, which officials said is a major component of the Chatham water supply and distribution system operated by the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission.

The elevated tank provides water storage for the communities and areas around Pain Court and Dover.

The project also included installation of a hydro-dynamic mixing system inside the tank to improve water quality, installation of accessory upgrades including new antenna supports, upgrades to the lighting system, minor upgrades to the process mechanical equipment within the base of the structure, installation of additional health and safety features and a code-compliant guardrail system on the tank roof.

Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission general manager Tim Sunderland said this is the fourth tank that has been rehabilitated in the last eight years.

The work was completed by Landmark Municipal Services, Engineering and inspection services for the project were provided by CIMA Engineering.

The improvements will increase the reliability of the tank, as well as its functionality for the next 20 years or more, municipal officials said.

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