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The pieces that will make up Centertown's new water tower are being built at the Caldwell Tanks plant in Louisville, Kentucky — but the service road to the tower site and concrete base for the new tower have been built, said Adam Brown, of the Centertown Board of Trustees.

The new tower will be nearly twice as tall as the current tower, enhancing drinking water pressure for residents and tower safety, village officials have said.

The current water tower, built in the 1950s, has lead paint on the exterior, which is expensive to replace, officials said.

When village leaders announced in April the water tower would be built, it was part of a $1.62 million project for upgrades to Centertown's water distribution and storage systems.

The project includes construction of approximately 1,080 feet of water mains, upgrades to the existing well house and a new 60,000-gallon tower.

Project funding consists of a $733,000 from the state's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund grant, a $245,000 revolving fund loan and a $625,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Economic Development. The remaining $17,546 is coming from local sources. Funding provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is estimated to save ratepayers $733,000 in principal and approximately $50,000 in interest costs over the loan's 20-year term.

Centertown voters also passed a $1.5 million revenue bond issue for water service improvements in November 2018.

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