Smiths Falls water tower needs to be replaced

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

Having served the town for more than 90 years, Smiths Falls’ water tower has reached the end of its useful life town councillors were told at a Feb. 13 meeting.

Presenting a report prepared by Landmark Municipal Services, Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop told council the water tower was built in 1924 (by CBI Horton), and has an estimated useful life of between 80 and 100 years.

Other council items this week:

Landmark Municipal Services surveyed the interior of the water tank with an underwater camera on Oct. 14, and later presented a detailed report on the condition of the inside of the tank as well as the other water tower structures.

“The interior of the tank is rated fair to poor, so it’s getting to the state where it’s going to need some spot repairs,” said Dunlop. The paint on the tower’s lower legs is in poor condition, and the ladder systems are no longer code-compliant, he added.

A full renovation of the tank, which can store 945 cubic metres of water, will cost $1.6 million, which Dunlop said is a poor investment given that the tower is nearing the end of its lifespan.

The decision of how to replace the tower and where to locate its replacement will be made after an environmental assessment is carried out, said Dunlop.

“I’d rather put money into something new than to continue to put bandaids on something that’s going to have to come down,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow.

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

“It will be a shame to see it go, if it has to go,” agreed Councillor Chris Cummings.

7 thoughts on “Smiths Falls water tower needs to be replaced

  1. Peter Willey

    As an artist who has done paintings with the water tower in the scene I will miss it for this reason but we need a safe water tower for Smiths Falls future. Will there be pictures of types of water towers for the town to vote on for the new look and a vote on the logo to go on the new one too..I like the current logo and love the looks of this water tower .

  2. Iva Schroeder

    I would like to see the town look into the cost of an underground water reservoir like they have in Brockvilles North end. I know it involves pumps but would the cost be more efficent. The town must have property where one could be put.
    The old tower could remain an historic site.

  3. Wendy Lackner

    To me that water tower was iconic when it had Hershey’s on it. Hershey’s is gone.. now it’s just another water tower. Anyone who knows me knows I am very sentimental…But since it was repainted it’s not a part of my childhood growing up in Smith’s Falls.

  4. Wendy Lackner

    To me that water tower was iconic when it had Hershey’s on it. Hershey’s is gone.. now it’s just another water tower. Anyone who knows me knows I am very sentimental…But since it was repainted it’s not a part of my childhood growing up in Smith’s Falls. –

  5. philip allen

    I think they should repaint it to the original. Yes it’s old and needs replacement and I agree with a new source of water whether it be a new tower or a pumping station.

  6. sheri halladay

    Its the strathcona bridge that needs to be replaced… no sense having a water tower that is hard to reach.

  7. Margaret

    Replace it….no matter how “iconic” people may think the water tower is….band aids cost money. It certainly will be “iconic” to look at when it is laying across the former site of the Confederation Bridge. 😉

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