A new water tower on the eastern edge of Mandeville has been fully formed and needs only a paint job and a few other finishing touches before being brought on line. The 750,000-gallon, single pedestal tower has been erected on Rapatel Street off U.S. 190 near Fontainebleau State Park and should be operational this summer.
Mandeville Public Works Director Dave deGeneres said the tower will be painted next week, weather permitting. It will be the same sky blue color as the city’s other tower near U.S. 190.
Once painting is complete, the tower will be flushed and tested before being put into service, deGeneres said.
Caldwell Tanks, Inc., of Kentucky, is under contract with the city to build the tank. In April of 2014, the City Council authorized Mayor Donald Villere to sign a $2.85 million contract with to company to build the tower and to move water lines and other parts of the water distribution system that will connect to the new tower. deGeneres said the project is within budget.
Contractors are currently building a 15-by-15 foot cinder block support structure adjacent to the tower, he said. The structure will house electrical equipment and supplies needed to operate the tower.
The Mandeville water system consists of five underground wells and a 750,000-gallon water tower on St. Ann Street, just off U.S. 190 in the central part of the city. Another old water tower on Monroe Street has been decommissioned.
The new tower is designed to improve water pressure, especially for firefighting, facilitate any expansion of the Mandeville water system and allow the city to shut down the St. Ann tower for maintenance, officials have said.
One of the city’s major capital projects, the new water tower dates back to 2012 when it first surfaced on the capital outlay budget. It will be paid for primarily with state money.
** Source: Written by Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune