On Wednesday, representatives from the City of Brazil, Hannum, Wagle and Cline (HWC) Engineering, Terre Haute, Caldwell Tanks, Louisville, Ky., along with other officials and contractors stuck the first shovels in the ground in Craig Park, marking the start of construction on the new water tower.
"This is the beginning of a fresh start for the city," Mayor Ann Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "However, there is still a lot of work ahead of us to be done."
Caldwell Tanks will be constructing the 750,000-gallon tower, which is one of five major projects included in plans to improve the city's water distribution system.
With winter only a few months away, progress will be a bit limited.
"Our goal is to have the foundation completed before winter comes, then come back in early March to start working on the pedestal," Caldwell Senior Project Manager Mat Daoust said.
HWC Professional Engineer/City Engineer Brian Pohlar told The Brazil Times Caldwell will fabricate the parts for the tank itself during the winter months.
Depending on weather conditions, the tower is anticipated to be completed within 12-15 months.
"The mayor has been great in spearheading this," Brazil Water Superintendent Jake Raubuch told The Brazil Times. "This new tower has been a long-time coming and its like a prayer has been answered."
This story will be updated.