2 million gallon water storage tank opens in Southington

Published on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:10
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON – Local Water Board members and Water Department members celebrated the opening of a new, 2 million gallon storage tank on Mill Street Tuesday.

The project to create a new storage tank, which is located at 435 Mill St., began in 2019 and was completed in 2020. Two smaller, steel tanks which were built in the 1940s and 1960s respectively were removed in favor of a more efficient concrete tank.

“The two tanks we had were antiquated and were falling apart,” said Robert M. Berkmoes, vice president of the Board of Water Commissioners. “It was time for them to be replaced.”

Bill Casarella, the town’s former water superintendent, added that it had become too expensive to refurbish the older tanks when they had issues.

“This new tank is state of the art and has a better mixer,” he said.

Casarella was joined by Douglas Arndt, the current water superintendent for the town, as well as Albert Fiorillo, assistant water superintendent, for the ribbon cutting. Erika Pocock, president of the Southington Water Commission, cut the ribbon surrounded by several other commission members.

As part of the project, the town also took down a communications tower from atop the old water storage tanks. A new tower was built independent of the new tower. This tower, Casarella explained, would allow the town’s fire department, police department and water department to communicate with one another.

In addition, the land cleared by the removal of the older tanks will now allow the town to potentially construct storage units for some of the town’s heavier equipment.

The construction of the $4.2 million tank was handled by Kentucky-based company Preload. The project was partially funded by a $3.28 million state loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

The new water tower will ensure that downtown Southington will have an adequate water supply. It is one of six water storage tanks in town. There are two 500,000 gallon tanks, two one-million gallon tanks and now two two-million gallon tanks in town.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:10. Updated: Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:12.