Smiths Falls water tower to be back in action Wednesday

Posted on: August 29, 2017

Chris Must

A leak in the Smiths Falls water tower has been repaired, and the tower should be back in service this Wednesday, town councillors were told Aug. 28.

At a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole, Chief Administrative Officer Malcolm Morris reported that the tower, which had to be drained so a welder could repair the leak, has been refilled.

“So far it’s gone swimmingly and we’ll be back to normal on Wednesday,” said Morris.

Councillors were told Aug. 8 that the tower was leaking at the base due to a “pinhole leak” on one of the welds. The tower was drained, a two-day process, so that the repair could be made.

The water tower is more than 90 years old and has already outlived its expected useful lifespan. The tower is already the subject of an environmental assessment, and an engineers’ report from the assessment should be presented to council a month.