A new 1 million gallon water tower in Perrysburg will soon be in use while another that same size soon will be under construction.
The City Council in May, 2012 awarded a $4.45 million contract to construct the two towers that each can hold 1 million gallons of water. The first one has been built behind the city's public services building on Roachton Road.
Tim Warren, Perrysburg director of public utilities, said the tower built near the public services building is finished but is still being tested. It could be ready for use by January, he said.
When that tower is operational, the city will demolish its 250,000-gallon water tower on Fort Meigs Road and replace it there with another 1-million gallon tower.
Mr. Warren said construction of the second tower should be done in May, 2015.
"We will have more storage to hold water for a greater length of time and increase pressure in the southern end of town in case there was a large fire," Mr. Warren said.
There is already 2½ million gallons stored in underground tanks around the city, but Mr. Warren said adding a 1¾ million gallons in elevated storage is better because it doesn't have to be pumped when it is being used.
He said the Ohio Public Works Commission helped fund it in part because it was replacing the older tank on Fort Meigs Road. Mr. Warren said it is also important to improve the safety with more storage and an increased pressure. There were no water restrictions that led to the project to build the two tanks.
Perrysburg Township trustees voted to approve construction easements near the Fort Meigs Road water tower so the city can have its construction equipment and room to operate during the demolition and construction for the new tower.