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Water towers get updates with repairs and new paint

Water towers get updates with repairs and new paint

September 13th, 2017 by Karl Richter in Texarkana News
Workers have sandblasted and applied a coat of primer to the tank at Congress and West Fourth streets.

Workers have sandblasted and applied a coat of...

Photo by Evan Lewis /Texarkana Gazette.

A project to paint and repair two Texarkana, Texas, elevated water tanks is a few weeks from completion.

Workers have sandblasted and applied a coat of primer to the tank at Congress and West Fourth streets, and only touch-up painting remains for the tank at Walnut and West 22nd streets.

Weather permitting, work on both should be over within a month, Texarkana Water Utilities Director J.D. Phillips said. Along with stripping and repainting the structures, crews are replacing tank vents and extending overflow lines to make them comply with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations.

Nova Painting of Humble, Texas, is doing the work at a cost not to exceed $445,000. Funding for the project was included in TWU's 2016-17 budget and approved by the Texas-side City Council in May.

Texarkana, Texas, Independent School District declined to pay $15,000 to have its logo painted on the tanks. They are not in the right places or prominent enough to justify that cost, TISD Public Relations Director Tina Veal-Gooch said.

Both tanks were built in 1951. TWU last painted the West Fourth Street tank in 1997 and the Walnut Street tank in 2000.

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