NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 16, 2013 –
New water tank will be painted in colors echoing the nearby ‘Ironworks’ subdivision close to Raley Field.
By Steve Marschke
That “shrink-wrapped” globule off to the north of the Pioneer Bridge at US 50 is West Sacramento’s latest water storage tank. It’s soon to be finished and filled. Then it will be surrounded by a small neighborhood park.
Underneath the plastic wrap is a new, 3.2 million gallon water tank. The wrapping and scaffolding around the tank are there to protect air quality while the tank is prepped for use.
“They go through a procedure where they sandblast the material to prep it, then spray the next layer of paint, and then repeat, so the paint will adhere to the prior layer of paint,” reports project manager Drew Gidlof, constructions operation manager for the City of West Sacramento. “They put up a bunch of scaffolding and then sheets of plastic. Then they heated it so all the seams would adhere to each other and it would be pretty much airtight.”
West Sacramento pulls water from the Sacramento River and treats it at the Bryte Bend Water Treatment Plant, on the northern edge of the city.
Gidlof explained that storage tanks like this serve as a neighborhood’s “pitcher of water.”
“As water is taken in at the river, and treated and prepared for consumers, they disseminate it to various strategic points in the city,” he said. “As the residents turn on their faucets, the water comes from their designated (storage) facility.”
Having water ready to go helps meet the daily peaks of demand.
The new tank is designed to help with drinking water and fire protection around the “Bridge District” neighborhood (under development north of the freeway) and Washington area (near the ziggurat).Other storage tanks are located around town.
This particular tank is built a little taller and skinnier than most, in order to minimize its footprint in its little two-acre park site next to the Ironworks subdivision. Next to the new tank is a control building with several water pumps in it.
The facility will be painted in colors that echo Ironworks – including burgundy, gold and white – and the tank will be strategically backlit at night.
“The tank has also been strategically designed so that if and when the opportunity presents, we can quickly install a solar panel on top,” said Gidlof.
The surrounding park totals about two acres. “There’s going to be a series of play structures for children, picnic areas, and walkways,” said Gidlof. Thematic elements in the park will reflect the concept of “water” in their design.
The little park will be joined by other parks in the Bridge District as well.
How much does all this cost?
Katie Jacobson, a senior program manager for the city, said the water tank is budgeted around $5.25 million. About $2.8 million comes from state grant funds, $1.8 million from West Sacramento’s former redevelopment agency (property tax increment) and $700,000 from property owners served by the tank.
The project is located at 809 Ballpark Drive, and it was begun in September, 2011. The contractor is RSH, and the tank subcontractor is Paso Robles Tank. West Coast Industrial Coating is in charge of coating the inside of the water tank.
The park will cost about $545,000, paid for by development impact fees received by the City of West Sacramento.
The water tank is scheduled to be finished this month, and the park is planned to be complete by July.
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