Pine Needles Elevated Water Tank
The City of Florence Pine Needles elevated water tank, located on 3459 Pine Needles Road, will be undergoing repairs this winter, to include painting the interior and exterior of the 21-year-old tank. This 500,000-gallon tank is expected to be completed by May 20, 2021, but is dependent on the weather. While the exterior painting will be the most visible work to the public, upgrades to the water tank include other tasks to help ensure the tank performance is efficient. Interior maintenance includes storing water and maintaining adequate pressure within the water distribution system. After removing the existing interior and exterior, the steel structure is tested for areas that may have thinned over time and need replacement. All components of the tank, such as handrails and piping, are checked to ensure they meet current standards, and if not, are replaced. The tank is then thoroughly disinfected to regulatory standards, and bacteriological samples are collected. Once laboratory analysis and data collection are complete, the tank will be filled with treated water and put back into service. The project is part of the City’s continuous effort to upgrade water system infrastructure and maintain quality service to customers.