Smiths Falls Water Tower replacement on town’s radar – produces mixed reactions from Council

February 16, 2017 by

sftowerSmiths Falls will soon have to make a decision on the fate of one of its best known landmarks the water tower.

It’s been up for more than 90 years, and is meant to serve between 80 to 100 years. As a result, it needs work to bring it up to today's standards.

Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop presented the findings in a report prepared by Landmark Municipal Services which detailed the condition of the tower. The report was compiled late last year.

The ladder and railing systems snaking their way up the structure are no longer to code. The inside of the tank has been rated fair to poor and will need some repairs. It would cost more than $1.5 million to fix the tank – a questionable investment according to Dunlop seeing as it is nearing the end of its life.

Mayor Shawn Pankow said he’d rather see a new tower built instead of just making repairs on a tower that is doomed to come down.

Councillor Lorraine Allen asked, “Am I the only one who loves the water tower?” adding, “It’s iconic.”

Chris Cummings agreed it would be a shame to see it go, if it has to go.”

An environmental assessment is expected to help decide its fate. If it determines the tower needs to be replaced, the assessment will also look at where to place a new tower and when it will be done.

Dunlop has suggested a multi-year project beginning in 2019.