Water tower to be
drained for service

LAKEMOOR – The village of Lakemoor is taking its water tower out of service until May 25 to have its interior and exterior coated, Village Administrator David Alarcon said.

Water towers require recoating every 15 years, said Carl Kupser, consulting engineer for the village. The water tower last was coated in 1997.

“Its time has come,” Kupser said. “It needs to be done.”

The interior of the water tank was inspected in 2010, and the exterior was inspected in 2011. The inspections verified the need to recoat, Kupser said.

“[The inspection] showed an average level of wear,” Kupser said. “In the case of the water tank, because it’s always in contact with water, we find a spot here and there where rust begins to show, and that needs to be brushed or ground away and recoated.”

The water tower was scheduled to be drained Monday, but the work delayed because of the weather, Alarcon said. It is expected to be drained by the end of the week.

Two pressure tanks have been installed in separate well houses on the north and south sides of Route 120 to keep the wells running while the coating is under way, Alarcon said.

Kupser said that the pressure tanks will have the storage capabilities for holding water but that their main function is “to keep pressure so that people can shower and do all that stuff.”

“In this case, we’re relying on the wells to provide the pressure and the tanks to even out pressure changes,” Kupser said.

The cost of the project is about $160,000, Kupser said.

The village is asking residents to stop watering their lawns until the project is completed to conserve water and system pressure.

To maintain lawns, Alarcon suggests using a rain barrel.

“We’re just asking everyone to pitch in and help us get this water tower painted,” Alarcon said.