Raise a few million glasses

Water tower’s bowl hoisted

Observers wear fluorescent vests and hard hats while watching workers raise the steel tank to the top of the new 1.5 million gallon water tower off of Rock Hill Road Thursday morning behind the new fire station. The tank is being built by Missouri American Water to help with water pressure throughout Jefferson City and to increase flow for fighting fires. Completion of the tank is expected this fall.

Observers wear fluorescent vests and hard hats while watching workers raise the steel tank to the top of the new 1.5 million gallon water tower off of Rock Hill Road Thursday morning behind the new fire station. The tank is being built by Missouri American Water to help with water pressure throughout Jefferson City and to increase flow for fighting fires. Completion of the tank is expected this fall. Photo by Kile Brewer.

Construction crews began raising the “bowl” on Missouri American Water’s new Jefferson City water tank Thursday morning.

More than 30 hydraulic jacks raised the 86-foot diameter steel bowl to the top of the 150-foot-tall tank near the new Fire Station No. 3 off of North Missouri 179.

Company officials said the 1.5 million-gallon tank should add storage capacity to the company’s water system and help the system maintain pressure when large amounts of water are used in instances such as fighting fires.

The tower also will replace an underground water storage tank at the company’s West Main Street plant that is 80 to 100 years old.

Work on the tank should be completed this fall. It’s about a $3.6 million investment in Jefferson City’s water system.

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