Pleasureville pressure woes to ease

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

Years of low water pressure may soon come to an end for residents in, and around, Pleasureville.

A new water tower has risen above the city’s tree line, though welding marks on the tank’s exterior may make the tank look older than it really is..

Once completed, the new tower will have three times the capacity of its predecessor, which should help alleviate years of low water pressure problems in the area.

Barry Woods, with Henry County Water District No. 2, said the old tower held just 100,000 gallons, and wasn’t tall enough. In an effort to alleviate the water pressure problems, the district decided to upgrade the tower.

On U.S. 421 on the north end of Pleasureville, the new tower will hold 300,000 gallons. Woods said the project is almost done.

“They’re in the process of welding it solid, and then it will have to be sand blasted, painted and sterilized before we can fill it,” he said. Woods said the tower should be completed by November, when it could be filled and placed into service.

The construction project began Aug. 11 when the district poured the concrete footers that would support the tower. The project cost the district approximatley $800,000. Woods said grant funding helped foot a portion of the overall cost.

As work on the tower continues, what Woods described as a three-year process will come closer to an end.

“The talk of this has been in the works for three years,” he said.

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