Tanks to innovative project, NH is moving up in the world

Lifting water tower 44 feet will boost public safety, economic growth

By Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel

When Allen County officials wanted to add luxury boxes and about 2,500 seats to the Memorial Coliseum in 2002, they raised the 50-year-old arena’s roof by nearly 42 feet. The project cost more than $34 million — but far less than starting from scratch.

New Haven officials will apply much the same principle this spring when they elevate the city’s 20-year-old water tank by 44 feet — a million-dollar project they say will provide the water pressure needed to protect the public and attract jobs.

New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald said the project, believed to be the first of its kind in the area, is necessary because the tank was incompatible with the increased pressure of the water supplied to the area by Fort Wayne City Utilities several years ago. The 130-foot, 500,000-gallon tank has been inoperative e ever since, making it difficult to maintain the pressure needed to fight fires or attract large industries and the jobs they create.

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POSTED: 02/28/15 at 8:22 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News