Repair work set to begin on Smiths Falls Water Tower

August 9, 2017 by
The leak is visible in this photo submitted by Lake 88 listener Eric Murdoch

The leak is visible in this photo submitted by Lake 88 listener Eric Murdoch

The leak in the Smiths Falls water tower will not affect the town’s water supply according to Troy Dunlop, director of public works and utilities.

This is not the first leak that the 90 year old tower has experienced.

“It’s not unusual to direct pump water when we do maintenance on the tower, this is the same thing,” said Dunlop.

Work is set to get underway to fix the issue. “It takes two days to drain, then we’ll  spot weld the pinhole leak from the inside and the system will be disinfected when that’s completed, then we’ll be filling it back up, which takes another two days,” said Dunlop.

The welding has to be done by a specialized welder who will be arriving from out of town.

The Smiths Falls water tower holds about 900 cubic meters of water but the town also has 2,500 cubic meters of water stored at the water treatment plant.

There is no concern over water shortages in the town, the only issue that could arise would be in the event of a sustained fire. “It’s the equalization of storage that could be challenging if there was a major, sustained fire,” said Dunlop.

Even then there are mechanisms built into the system that would be deployed in the event of a catastrophic event.

Work will begin on Wednesday August 9th by draining all the water from the tower. It is hoped the project will be complete by sometime next week.

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