September 19, 2014

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Avon to build new water tower

AVON — A 3-million-gallon water tower with four times the capacity of the city’s lone water tower now is planned for the intersection of state Route 83 and Mills Road.

Cost figures have yet to be set, but the new tower is initially estimated to cost between $4.5 million and $5.5 million and will be one of the biggest in the nation, according to Anthony Lorenzo, superintendent of the Avon Utilities Department.

Officials hope to start construction this year, Lorenzo said, and the project is expected to take about 16 months.

The current water tower on state Route 83 near Detroit Road holds 750,000 gallons.

The increased size of the new water tower will help the city meet the growing demand for more water as residential and commercial construction continues, Mayor Jim Smith said.

“We know the city will eventually be fully built out and we want to be proactive on this,” Smith said.

City Council has approved legislation authorizing Smith to enter into a $250,000 contract with CT Consultants, a Mentor engineering firm, Lorenzo said.

The $250,000 includes $100,000 for a new computer-controlled system that will operate the water tower, Lorenzo noted.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.