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New water tower to serve Berkeley County's northern end

September 22, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARLOWE, W.VA.

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

It stands 120 feet tall, weighs between 80 and 100 tons and can hold 1 million gallons of water.

Maybe the best way to convey its size is this: Painted on the side of the new water tank in Marlowe is "Berkeley County West Virginia," with a 4-foot apple used in place of the "o" in the word "County."

The tank, which will be filled with clean water pumped from a Potomac River plant in Falling Waters, W.Va., will serve residents from the northern end of the county to the General Motors plant outside of Martinsburg, said Paul Fischer, executive director of the Berkeley County Public Service Water District.

The steel tank was lifted onto its pillar Wednesday afternoon.

Fischer said he's not sure how many customers will use water from the tank, but he said the supply should ensure all customers have enough water during heavy water usage times in the mornings and evenings.

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"They won't have a reduction in water that they've experienced in the past," he said.

Water from the tank also enhances firefighting capabilities, Fischer said.

Including engineering costs, the tank's price tag was $1.8 million.

The developer of Brookfield, a subdivision of several hundred homes planned off Broad Lane in Marlowe, donated 2 acres for the tank site.

In his 30 years in the field, Fischer said the tank was the first of its kind he has built.

The water tank itself was not lifted onto the concrete pillar with a crane, but was instead already built around the base of the pillar. It was lifted straight up using cables and hydraulic equipment, Water District employees said.

The tank should be serving customers by Dec. 1, Fischer said.

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