WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The City of Washington faced a decision on whether to paint or replace one of its water towers, with cost being a major factor in the decision.
According to City Administrator, Jim Briggs, the water tower at Crestview and Madison Avenue, which was built in the mid 1970's is starting to show rust spots and is in need of painting. The water tower already has 5 or 6 coats of paint which will have to be stripped off before a new one is applied.
Briggs said the existing paint has a lead base, so the water tower will have to be covered during the stripping process. The cost is expected to run between $600,000-700,000.
At one point, the city and water board that oversees the water storage facilities considered replacing the water tower but that would have cost around $1,000,000. Briggs said a new one million gallon water tower would cost roughly one dollar for every gallon of capacity.
The city recently decided to hire an expert to guide them through the process of finding a company that has the expertise of removing lead-based paint from water towers.
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