West Burlington $ 4.9 million water tower replacement project begins
WEST BURLINGTON – The view in West Burlington will change when an old weathered water tank comes down, replaced by a new elevated water tower set to be completed in June 2022.
Boomerang Corp., of Anamosa, began work on the nearly $ 4.9 million tower project at the West Burlington Department of Public Works, 2000 W. Mount Pleasant St.
The new tower will replace the old faded and rust-spattered blue ground storage tank at 123 S. Gear Ave., across from Deery Brothers, which the city stopped using a few months ago.
The water tower project includes a 500,000 gallon composite style water tower, booster station, approximately 620 square meters of paving, 4,470 linear feet of water pipe, 910 linear feet of storm sewer and 590 linear feet of main sanitary force, based on information provided by City Clerk Kelly Fry.
The city closed the old water reservoir about five months ago and now flows from the city’s main water tower on Agency Road. The elevated tower provides water pressure for distribution, preventing water outages and also serves as emergency storage.
“We had to stop using (the old tank) because it was in such bad shape. It has exhausted its useful life, ”said City Manager Dan Gifford. “We fixed it a few years ago, but it was like putting a bandage on it.”
The contractor is carrying out preliminary foundation work on the site of the new water tower.
The new tower will be raised like the structure on Agency Road, but will have a concrete column at the bottom, with a metal tank on top. The tank will be painted white, with the city logo on it.
The water capacity of the new tower will be roughly equal to the old reservoir, Gifford said.
The city bought the property a few years ago, Gifford explained, with the intention that it eventually contain the public works building and a water tower.
The funding comes from a low-interest loan from the Iowa Finance Authority’s Water Quality Revolving Fund, Gifford said.
Payments will be provided by a gradual increase in residential water charges, which will eventually amount to a 30% rate increase over a two-year period.
West Burlington water is measured.
The old water tank on Gear Avenue will be dismantled once the new tower is completed.
Garden waste disposal
On March 1, the city closed a yard waste disposal site at the Public Works Department that serves West Burlington residents for the construction of the water tower. In the meantime, the city is offering temporary options for garden waste disposal.
Public Works will pick up paper garden waste bags starting at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning in April, October and November; Residents can bring leaves and grass free of charge directly to the Des Moines County landfill, and residents can contract directly with LaVeine Sanitation to rent a 95 gallon garden garbage cart at a cost of $ 2 per month for the cart and $ 4.50 to empty it. To reserve a cart, call LaVeine Sanitation at (319) 753-0405.
The city’s garden waste site, once reopened, will accept grass, leaves and twigs up to 4 feet in length and 2 inches in diameter are accepted. Yard Waste Drop-off is not available at commercial properties, apartment complexes, or lawn care services.
The city will reopen the yard waste site once the water tower is complete, Fry said.