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Kentucky American Water has announced that its water storage tank located at the Owen County Fairgrounds will be undergoing refurbishment this summer, to include painting the interior and exterior of the 30-year-old tank, which can hold 400,000 gallons of water. Depending on the weather, the $500,000 project is expected to be completed by early fall.
Kentucky American Water has contracted with George Kountoupes Painting Company of Lincoln Park, Michigan for the project.
While the work most visible to the public will be the exterior painting, water tank upgrades like this one include a variety of other tasks to help ensure that such tanks perform as they should.
, which includes not only storing water but also helping to maintain appropriate pressures in a water system. After the existing interior and exterior paint is removed, for example, the steel structure is tested for any areas of steel that have thinned over time and need replacement. All components of the tank – from handrails to flow pipes and more – are also checked to ensure that they meet current standards, and if not, are upgraded. After these types of necessary upgrades are made and the interior and exterior painting is completed, the tank is then thoroughly disinfected before being filled with treated water and put back into service.
“We’re pleased to be able to move forward with this upgrade to the water system in Owen County,” said Brent O’Neill, director of engineering for Kentucky American Water. “We know this tank is located at an important gathering area for the community and that the refurbishment will be a welcome change. Previous efforts to move forward with this process had to be put on hold because of the impact any shutdown of the tank was having on water service for many customers. But now, because of some other system improvements we have made, including the transition earlier this year from using the Owenton water treatment plant to using the newer treatment plant on US 127, as well as the construction of a new tank located near the schools, we’re able to proceed.”
The project is one of many investments in infrastructure the company has made in the Owen County area. Earlier this year the company completed construction of a new water pipeline and related facilities to connect the Kentucky River Station II at Hardin’s Landing water treatment plant with the existing Owenton distribution system. That project cost approximately $14 million.