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Section A: General News


One long drink of water


One long drink of water
The storage tank is almost in place Feb. 29, following a painstaking elevation process by Landmark Corp. to complete the installation for the S.S. Water Supply Corp.


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March 7, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- Travelers on S.H. 97 East near the intersection with F.M. 539 may have noticed a change in the landscape. The S.S. Water Supply Corp. has erected new elevated water storage there.

The cone portion of the new elevated tank, located on S.H. 97, was raised in three hours on Feb. 29 to the top of the concrete pedestal.

S.S. Water Supply Corp. General Manager Herb Williams said the corporation contracted with Landmark Corp. for the tank.

If the work seems familiar to some, this is the same contractor that built the S.S. water tank located on F.M. 3432 and near F.M. 775 two years ago.

The $1.2 million tank project began in September 2011. It will increase water pressure for customers in the nearby area and help S.S. Water Supply Corp. meet the needs of its customer base. The cost of a steel-legged water tower structure would cost $150,000 more, Williams said. The project allows for 1 million gallons of water storage -- or more than 4.1 million pounds of water -- versus the 200,000 gallons the corporation has with two tanks at present.

The project is designed to be maintenance-free, including the use of stainless steel for water storage; it is designed to last 20 years before its next maintenance. The use of concrete, Williams explained, makes the pedestal maintenance-free for life. According to Williams, this will save the corporation $250,000 in structure costs over a five- to 10-year span.

The corporation financed the project through cash reserves, without the use of bonds or loans, and managed to save the necessary funding to add to its capital infrastructure.

The Feb. 29 morning activities included lifting the cone (storage tank), by hydraulics in intervals of 8 inches, to the top at approximately 178 feet.

With this state-of-the-art facility, workers will not use a ladder outside to reach the tower for maintenance or safety checks. Instead, they will climb from the inside. A catwalk at the top of the tank is visible from the ground.

Two 18-wheelers shipped in the steel to form the wall. Workers took eight days to tie the steel together.

Future well

Williams said the project was made possible by the corporation acquiring 1.6 additional acres in February 2011. Future plans include drilling another well on this property. At this time, there are two wells, which have been in existence for 20 years.
 

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