The City of Storm Lake is proposing to build a new water tower next year to address the increasing storage needs in the community.
A possible site has been identified at 228 Mae Street. City officials met with neighborhood residents last Thursday to explain the project and gather input.
The proposed tower would hold 1.5 million gallons, and would rest on a concrete column. The water tower would stand approximately 115 feet tall, and the welded steel tank would be 83 feet in diameter.
Storm Lake currently has three water towers. The new structure would be the City’s largest, and would hold more water than the two most recently constructed water towers combined.
The City’s three existing towers hold a total of 1.75 million gallons. The system should ideally hold at least one day’s worth of water. Storm Lake’s average daily use is approximately 3.2 million gallons of water, with a peak of five-million.
The City of Storm Lake hopes to obtain funding from a low-cost revolving loan fund to avoid having to bond for the development.