Imposing task improvement system

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Photo by John Badman


A Caldwell Tanks employee of Louisville, Kentucky, prepares to do spot welding on a section of the new Jersey County Rural Water Co. tank under construction. The 250,000-gallon elevated tank and tower are part of system improvements by the Water District.

John Badman/Hearst Illinois

GODFREY – A New Jersey County Rural Water Co. reservoir is speeding along.

A Caldwell Tanks employee of Louisville, Ky., was tack welding a section of a tank under construction last week in the 2600 block of Airport Road.

The 250,000-gallon elevated tank and tower are part of ongoing system upgrades by the Water District. The mushroom-shaped tower will cost just over $1.5 million and is being funded by the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Fund.

Water towers help maintain good water pressure for patrons by raising water well above connecting pipes, creating hydrostatic pressure, driven by the force of gravity, to push water upwards. down and through local community pipes.


The tower can then be filled with pumps during off-peak electricity hours, saving the water company money to run their pumps. Weather permitting, the Airport Road Tower is expected to be completed by summer.


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