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College Station City Council considering new water tower on east side of town

Posted at 8:43 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 21:43:06-04

COLLEGE STATION, TX — A 6.6 million dollar water tower is on the agenda for Thursday’s College Station City Council meeting.

The proposed water tower would be constructed south of the Baylor Scott and White Hospital near the intersection of Midtown Drive and serve the east side of the city.

College Station's Assistant Director of Capital Projects Emily Fischer says a new water tower is needed to make sure there's enough water for the entire city during peak usage.

"That is what this is adding. As the city grows, the demands become higher," Fischer added.

Jennifer Nations with the City's Water Services Department says water towers are mainly for storage and water pressure. She says having a new tower on the east side will help neighboring communities.

"So what we have right now is a water tower on William D. Finch and Highway 6 Parkway and that's serving the south and east side of town," Nations added.

College Station resident Christina Mock says she loves the idea of another tower as the population increases.

"When the town gets back to full capacity, I think that would be a really good to thing to have," Mock stated.

If the projects gets the green light, Fischer says the new water tower should not take too long to finish.

"The total project is expected to last 18 months, or a year and a half," Fischer said.

Leaders say the new water tower will look very similar to the other two that are currently in the city. The project was originally scheduled to cost $8.7M and would be coming in under budget by about two million dollars.