At 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, a groundbreaking will take place in the northwest section of Craig Park (just north of the Zoo building), marking the start of construction on the tower.
"I am very excited to see this come to fruition," Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times.
Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., was awarded the work on the tower in late June with a bid of $1,574,000. The tower will be a 750,000-gallon Composite Elevated Storage tank, which has a higher initial cost, but will save money in the long run with less needing to be spent on maintenance with the base and pillar being constructed of concrete.
A second tower will also be constructed in the Interstate-70/Frontage Road area, but a start date has not been set.
"People here have wanted and needed a new water tower for quite a while and they deserve to see this one first," Bradshaw said. "However, with the tank at I-70 being a smaller capacity (250,000-gallon spheroid-style tower), it won't take as long to construct, and we are hoping to complete both of them at about the same time."
Bradshaw added the city has begun to look at options regarding the removal of the current water tower on North Vandalia Street, but are strictly in the pre-planning stages.
"The new tower must be completed and fully functional before we can take the current tower down," she said.
"With construction on the new tower expected to take as long as 12-15 months, depending on weather conditions, it allows us plenty of time to look into all the options for the best and safest way to bring down the current tower when the time comes to do so."
Included among the other Water System Improvement Projects are:
* Replace older and undersized water mains to provide better pressure and fire protection within the water distribution system. This also includes 1,000 water meter replacements, water main work in the I-70/Frontage Road area and the replacement of an additional 85 hydrants compared to the original specifications,
* Installing an additional well in the well field in Putnam County for increased water pressure and flow, and
* Constructing an additional booster station and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for better monitoring of the water system.
The city also received good news on July 26 when the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs sent notification that the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funding had been officially released for the city to use.
The amount of the grant, which is for the water projects and grant administration, totaled $2,222,872.
For Bradshaw, after so much hard work and waiting, it is a relief to see the projects finally start to take off.
"So many people have been involved in making this happen," she said. "If not for everyone working together as a team for the improvement of the City of Brazil's infrastructure, this may not have happened. It is great to see this happen because it will benefit the entire city and the residents."