The City of Sylvania’s new elevated water tank is now complete and being placed into service.
The last steps were for Toledo Edison to complete electrical service connections, and to sanitize and fill the inside of the new steel tank with water.
Construction of the new 2 million gallon elevated water tank started early last year.
The elevation of the water tank was designed to be the same as the existing water tower located in Burnham Park in order to stabilize the water system pressure. The new water tower is 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.
As a part of the project, the driveway and parking lot serving both the water tower and Fossil Park were improved with asphalt paving.
The water is actually pumped up into the tank by pressure created at the water pumping station located at South Main Street and Brint Road. The elevated water storage tanks fill up during the night when usage is low, and drain down during daytime hours of higher usage. Usage is especially high during summer lawn watering months and fire fighting.
The new elevated water tank is the first increase in water storage capacity for the Sylvania water system since the Burnham Park water tower was built in 1965, when Sylvania began purchasing water from Toledo.
The 2 million gallon capacity of the new water tank provides enough water to meet the higher water flow demands of our now much larger water system, especially during dry summer months, as well as to 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 an earlier municipal bond sale.