What’s Going On At The Springfield 17th Ave Water Tower?

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water tower 8 16 2016

What’s Going On At The Springfield 17th Ave Water Tower?

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – We did get your emails on the water tower located off  17th Ave in Springfield. MAP The question we received from a good number of readers was; “Why is the tower covered in cloth?”

Our research for the answer led us to Springfield City Manager Paul Nutting. “It’s down for maintenance, all the tanks have to be maintained. Paint jobs don’t last forever,” Nutting said,  “and that tank hasn’t been painted for 15 or 20 years.”

The large cloth that you see going up and down the sides and on top is there to act as a wind shield and to prevent dust, dirt and paint from landing on vehicles and homes near by.

Engineers will also be replacing a rail inside the 17th Ave tank that, according to Nutting, holds 750,000 gallons of water. That makes the 17th Ave tank 450,000 gallons bigger the 300,000 gallon tank on 8th Ave next to the jail.

Nutting said the 8th Ave tank is currently not in use and operates as a back-up tank. “We have a better way of moving the water, we put in different sized lines and no longer really use the tank on 8th Ave.”

Nutting said, though not in use currently, they still maintain the 8th Ave tank and will until they decide what to do with it.

For those of you that have thought that the 8th Ave tank would make a great apartment, Nutting said it’s not for sale. We didn’t ask the codes department what they thought of that idea. It’s been done before though. Click here to see some on Google.

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