Smiths Falls water tower repairs to start Monday

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Posted on: August 8, 2017

Chris Must
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

The Smiths Falls water tower has sprung a leak, and will have to be drained and repaired within the next few days.

Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works and Utilities, told Smiths Falls town councillors Aug. 8 that the tower was leaking at the base due to a “pinhole leak” on one of the welds.

“We’re not moving into any water restrictions with this repair,” said Dunlop, adding that water will have to be stockpiled in case of fire.

The tower will be drained starting Wednesday, Aug. 9, and requiring two full days to complete. At that point, starting Monday, a welder will go inside the column to repair the leak.

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“We’re not moving into any water restrictions with this repair,” said Dunlop, adding that water will have to be stockpiled in case of fire.

Although the tower has been inspected, and is the subject of an ongoing environmental assessment, Dunlop said, “When you get into older structures, these kinds of pinholes are very hard to identify.”

If the tower begins to leak, it must be drained before the repair can be made. Following repairs, it must be disinfected, then refilled. “It’s quite an ordeal all around,” Dunlop said.

The water tower is more than 90 years old and has already outlived its expected useful lifespan. An engineers’ report from the environmental assessment should be presented to council within six weeks, Dunlop said.

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