Why it’s important
The Ashland site dates back to the 1890s, when it had open air reservoirs with earthen bottoms. In the 1910s and early 1920s, concrete floors and wood roofs were added to the reservoirs. The wood roofs were replaced with precast concrete in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Despite routine maintenance and significant repairs, the tanks experienced leaks, and some of the precast roof sections cracked. The tanks reached the end of their useful lives, and continued repairs would have been impractical.
How it affects our customers
The project was phased for contractor Western Summit to demolish and replace one tank at a time. Soil removed from the site has been hauled for storage to 20th and Quail Street, near the Moffat Treatment Plant.The new, circular tanks are smaller in size and footprint, allowing space for a larger landscaped area on the south side of the property. Crews are installing a new decorative fence.
Support local businesses
We recognize work like this has negative impacts on neighborhood businesses, so please support these establishments, many of which are offering special deals during construction.