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Tower's up, but not yet running


July 09, 2008
ALMONT — The village's new water tower may be up, but it will be some time before it's running.

Workers from Maguire Iron Co. installed the final piece of the 300,000-gallon tower on Tuesday, creating a new look to the village's skyline.

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A new 300,000-gallon water tower now rises on the Almont village skyline.
The 130-foot structure, located on Industrial Drive in the industrial park, will eventually replace the aging tower located downtown, adjacent to the old fire hall. Constructed in 1914, the old tower was considered far past its prime and too costly to repair.

Once the new tower becomes operational and passes mandatory testing, the old tower will be demolished as part of the overall $2.1 million project.

Along with construction of the tower, the project included replacing outdated hydrant connections, upgrades to the pump station and miscellaneous water projects thoughout the village.

The new tower will eventually be painted and adorned with the village's logo, which features an apple tree with outstretched roots.

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Village Manager Gerald Oakes said workers are still grinding and priming the tower's welded joints, with painting scheduled to be completed by Sept. 15.

Oakes added that the new tower will be placed into service on Oct. 15 and the old tank taken off line on Oct. 31. Demolition of the old tower is slated for Jan. 31, 2009.

"This is a big accomplishment for Almont," said Oakes. "The old tower was too old and too small. It was not doing the job anymore."

He noted that the new tower is large enough to supply water to residents for up to two days should Detroit's water supply be cut off.

"This tower could also represent a savings to us," Oakes added, "because we will not have to draw water from Detroit during peak hours."

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