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Posted: 02/12/14

WT water tower could go
online April or May 2015

Observer Special Writer
      Washington Township's plan for a water tower is well under way. An update for the project was given to the Board of Trustees during the Feb. 5 meeting.
       Mike Kozak, township engineer from Giffels Webster, confirmed the new water tank and pump station will be situated behind Fire Station 2 and in front of the former DPW offices and garage.
       He said two new asphalted driveways will be on the south end of the property leading to the pump station, which will have a pass-through style garage. In following with the township ordinances, there will also be a retention basin to catch any water runoff.
       The area around the tank will be landscaped, also following the township's ordinances. Kozak said the east and west sides will be screened with a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees.
       As for the tank, it will be a concrete structure in a solid silver color. Kozak said going with a concrete tank with a solid color was much less expensive compared to decorative or steel sides. Regular maintenance will simply be power washing.
       Kozak said they are still working on the final details for the pump house. Next on their schedule, they plan to submit the site plans in March followed by a permit approval from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) in April. Kozak said the bid package will be ready sometime in May or June with construction to follow.
       The goal is to have it completed by the end of 2014 he said. The tank will be used starting in April or May 2015.
       "2015 will be our test season," Kozak said.
       That will be the year they meter the tank and send the data to DWSD.

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