2011-02-23 / Front Page

Fella, what ‘cha doing up there?


Look closely and you can see a worker standing on the top right of the water tank. The photo kinda makes you want to ask him what’s with the new “crown.” See next week’s paper! Look closely and you can see a worker standing on the top right of the water tank. The photo kinda makes you want to ask him what’s with the new “crown.” See next week’s paper! Renovation is underway of the 250,000-gallon water tank behind City Hall. The water tank, built in the mid 1950s, is getting a new coat of paint, inside and out.

The Blakely City Council accepted a low bid of $212,500 by Utility Services, Inc. to rehab the water tank at their Nov. 2, 2010 meeting. Utility Service, with regional headquarters in Perry, Ga., has provided a full range of water tank maintenance services across the nation since 1963.

The water tank behind City Hall is the city’s second metal water tank. The first, a much smaller tank, stood in the open area behind the county administration building where one of the concrete footings can still be seen adjacent to the curb on Singletary Street. It was dismantled and moved in 1976 and now stands in Preston, Ga.

The city’s water storage capacity was supplemented in the late 1970s by a million-gallon water tank located on Highway 39 south.

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