Wallaceburg, ON – Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission (CK PUC) has started the construction phase of a $3.7 million rehabilitation and maintenance improvement project of the Joseph Shaw Wallaceburg Elevated Storage Tank, located at 6500 Otter Line, in the Community of Wallaceburg.

Over the next few months, scaffolding will be erected and the top of the tank will be shrouded for the work to take place. A number of improvements and miscellaneous upgrades to the Wallaceburg Elevated Storage Tank are required to increase the reliability of the tank and its functionality for the next 20 plus years. The Wallaceburg Elevated Storage Tank was originally constructed in 1999.

Commission Chair, Councillor Carmen McGregor, said she’s gratified to see the rehabilitation begin. “Our goal has always been to provide a safe, reliable source of water for Wallaceburg, and this investment ensures that will continue. With a number of development projects in the works, Wallaceburg is going to experience growth in the next few years and the PUC is committed to making sure we’re doing everything to accommodate that growth.”

CK PUC owns and operates 10 elevated storage tanks in various systems in Chatham-Kent. The elevated tanks are regularly inspected and each tank is evaluated and set on a rehabilitation priority. Wallaceburg is the next tank on this rehabilitation list and construction has begun. BGL Contracting was selected and awarded the rehabilitation project in January 2022. The tower will be placed out of service in March 2022 and expected to be returned back into service in September 2022.

CK PUC General Manager Tim Sunderland said this is the fifth water tower to be rehabilitated since the first tower, which was the Chatham tower was rehabilitated in 2014. Towers completed since 2014 have been Blenheim, Dresden and Pain Court.

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More information can be found on the CK Let’s Talk page – Wallaceburg Elevated Storage Tank | Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent.

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