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Published: Wednesday, 11/21/2012

New water tower under construction, other system improvements

Construction proceeds on 2-million gallon water tower off of Centennial Road. Construction proceeds on 2-million gallon water tower off of Centennial Road.

The City of Sylvania has continued to make improvements to the municipal water system during 2012.

Construction of the new 2 million gallon elevated water tank has been under way since earlier this year. The concrete foundations and concrete support column are complete. The steel water tank will be installed next with completion expected late next year.

The new elevated water tank will be 125 feet high and is similar in height and size to the Lucas County water tower behind Timberstone Junior High School. The concrete support column is 56 feet in diameter, with a painted steel water tank on top that is 95 feet in diameter.

The new elevated water tank is the first increase in water storage capacity for Sylvania since the existing water tower was built in 1965 when Sylvania began purchasing water from Toledo. Once completed, the 2 million gallon capacity of the new water tank will provide enough water to meet the higher water flow demands of our now much larger system during dry summer months as well as provide a larger water reserve for fire fighting and other emergencies.

The $2,920,702.00 engineering and construction costs are being paid in part by a $487,800 grant and $487,800 interest free loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission. The remaining cost is being paid by proceeds of last year’s municipal bond sale.

Also this year a water system leak detection investigation was completed on 87 miles of main water lines and 130 miles of service lines. A listening device was connected to 1,160 fire hydrants and 566 valves.

Six leaks were detected varying in size from 11.5 ounces per minute to 24 gallons per minute. That is very good for a municipal water system the size of Sylvania’s, perhaps in part because our system is relatively new compared to many systems.

None of the leaks were detectable above ground, but were located and repaired. The net savings to the city as a result of the repairs is estimated to be $33,332 annually.

The City will continue daily monitoring all of our water meters, both on the purchased side and on the sold side, and determine when new leaks develop and need repair in the future.

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