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Officials dedicate water tower

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Those on hand for the water tower ribbon cutting included (from left) Bill Lovett, John Nelson, Brad Deal, Pat Heffner, Stacey Gibbens, Ann Bradshaw Richard Vanatti, Sam Glover, Jacob Raubach, Shawnette Szekely, Sheryl Hill, Karen McQueen, Elsie Hawkins, and Brian Pohlar. [Order this photo]
According to members of the Brazil City Council, they got exactly what they wanted for Christmas -- a new water tower.

On Thursday, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place to celebrate the completion of the water tower project at Craig Park.

However, city engineer Brian Pohlar said the tower won't be fully operational until around the first of the year.

According to City Engineer Brian Pohlar, this valve turning machine will be installed in the water tower and will mechanically open and turn the valves in the distribution system. [Order this photo]
"(Today) We're disinfecting the tank and it will be placed online in a week," Pohlar said.

Pohlar said the filling of the tank will begin Monday, and it must be filled to the 5-feet mark and let sit for at least six hours before the tank can be fully filled.

Pohlar said his crew would also be installing a valve turning machine Thursday, which mechanically controls the valves in the distribution system.

Mayor Ann Bradshaw, who has been working on the water tower project the majority of her time in office, said she is happy to see it completed.

"I'm really happy it's done," Bradshaw said. "I'm happy we were a part of it, and I'm glad I had a great council and city employees to work with."

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I don't know if anyone has asked this question:

Does anyone know if the city planners/engineers included the ability for citizens to purchase water, at the new water tower? An apparatus called a "Water Man" can be used to purchase/dispense water at a nominal fee. Terre Haute has a site for this purpose on, I believe, North 1st Street. With so many farmers and others needing water, this would be/have been a great opportunity not only to serve the public but also to start recovering the cost of the new tower.

If anyone knows about this, please reply. Thank you.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 9:12 PM

Great job, Mayor Bradshaw and Council for getting this done. Brazil will benefit from your work for decades to come!

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 9:57 PM

Get ready for a lot more broken water lines now that there will be more water pressure.

-- Posted by MS660 on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 5:45 AM

I believe that old, substandard water lines will continue to be a problem the new administration will need to develop a long-term "plan" for. Additionally, don't you really think that they will control the water pressure and it will not directly contribute to this existing problem? Every city that installs a new water tower doesn't start blowing out all of the water mains. The Water Department staff will need to have their finger on the switch to lower the pressure when breaks continue to occur.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 6:09 AM

CAB the city has always had the ability to sell water from a meter behind city hall. There is a meter there that can be used for the purchase of water and has been for years. I'm not sure if it will continue to be there or if they will/have moved it, but I dont really see them doing away with that service. You can always call the water dept and ask.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 7:26 AM

when is the I-70 tower going to be ready, or is it already up and going?

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 11:17 AM

I was under the assumption that the purpose of 2 towers instead of just the one was to provide better water pressure for the growing I-70 area. There may be a check valve of some sort to keep the higher pressure down at the interstate area. But I cant see how it would work unless they have two separate leads from the treatment plant on 40 near Great Dane.

-- Posted by MS660 on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 4:29 PM

Great info "lifehasitsmoments". Thanks

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 8:51 PM

Thanks Mayor and Council. What an asset to Brazil.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 9:19 PM

Yeah, Thanks Ann Bradshaw for the 167% increase in water rates! Greatly appreciated! The towns that have no choice but to buy water from Brazil really appreciated it! Its a good thing I didnt have a vote in your race.....OH WAIT. That was the point wasnt it? How'd that end up working out for you anyway? :) lol.

-- Posted by WhateversClever on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 3:09 PM

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