Work began in Plain City this week to clean and repaint the village’s two water towers.
The tower located on Jefferson Avenue (U.S. 42) will undergo an interior cleaning, sandblasting and painting, whereas the tower on Bigelow Road will receive treatments on both the interior and exterior.
While not necessarily “routine” maintenance, cleaning and painting water towers is maintenance that should be conducted about every 20 years, said Kevin Vaughn, village administrator.
“Back in 2010 we had some contractors take pictures and at that time it was deemed we should be considering taking care of it,” Vaughn said.
The project will cost about $242,250. It is being paid for by village funds set aside for the purpose. Residents will not have surcharges placed on their water bills to pay for the project, Vaughn added.
“There are considerable dollar costs associated with the infrastructure we have,” he said. “Some may feel they have an expensive water bill, but it’s very expensive to provide water and take care of systems we have.”
The Bigelow Road tower will be painted a slightly darker shade of its current blue, with the text “Village of Plain City” again being added, Vaughn said.
The interior of water towers is painted to provide a protective coating, he explained.
“It’s so that the water isn’t right up against the bare metal, which may cause it to degrade quicker,” Vaughn said.
Officials considered painting the tower a different color, but research showed a drastically lighter or darker color could affect water temperatures and chemical levels. Council also looked into having a logo painted on the tower, but deemed the project too costly, Vaughn said.
While some municipalities offer the space to businesses as a sponsorship, that type of agreement can be logistically difficult, he said.
Workers will begin with the Jefferson Avenue tower and expect to have it completed in about two weeks. The Bigelow Road tower is expected to take about four weeks to be completed.
Residents on the west side of the village may experience slightly lower water pressure while their tower is being worked on. Similarly, residents on the east side of the village may experience lower water pressure during the following four weeks.
American Suncraft from Medway, Ohio is performing the work.