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Water tower paint job begins in Washington

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The water tower in Washington, Mo. Credit: KMOV The water tower in Washington, Mo. Credit: KMOV

Workers have begun a two-month project to replace equipment on one of the three water towers in Washington, Missouri and repaint the 124-foot structure. The project will cost around $600,000. 

Public works director John Nilges told News 4, "It's kind of a two-phase project, getting the paint off the water tower and then increasing the water quality within the water system."

Nilges said the Crestview tower had the maximum number of coats of paint so workers would be sandblasting the tower to remove the old paint before applying a new coat. And because the base layer was a lead-based paint, he said the tower would be wrapped with a tent-like cover to protect the surrounding neighborhood. 

Water superintendent Kevin Quaethem said the tower won't need a new paint job for many years.

"It's got a 25-year warranty on it, so that's how long we think it will last and probably longer that," said Quaethem.

The city's Board of Public Works chose to change the water tower's color from a mint green color to sky blue. That color seems to sit well with the residents who spoke with News 4.

"It would be okay because that's the color of clean water," said Pat Skaggs.

The project also includes replacing the long pipe that runs through the center of the tall structure that's used to fill the water tower. Crews will also install pumps that circulate the water to keep it from getting stagnant and evenly distribute the chlorine that's added.

The project is scheduled to be finished by May 15. 

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