Milestone for Maxville water project
MAXVILLE — An important milestone in bringing water to the Village of Maxville was reached on Tuesday. Make that, raised. The Maxville water tower – also known as an elevated water storage tower – is now complete, and it, well, changes the skyline rather dramatically in the village, the structure in the south end visible well beyond village limits.
“(The raising) marks the end of this particular phase of the ongoing Maxville water project, (and) the entire project is expected to be completed by late in 2019,” said Tara Kirkpatrick, the economic development and communications officer for North Glengarry.
It was last January when council awarded a $1.9-million contract to Landmark Structures to construct a new water tower, located near the Maxville Veterinary Clinic on County Road 20.
The painting of the tower was completed on Friday, and on Tuesday, up it went, the process beginning at noon and lasting a couple of hours.
“The hoist went really well,” said Tyler Hindle, Landmark’s steel supervisor at the site. “There were no hiccups at all.”
Landmark project supervisor Paul Dipelino said the tower is 34 metres high, and has a capacity of 1.5 million litres (330,000 imperial gallons).
The tank is made of steel, and it has a concrete pedestal.
And, it has a distinct Maxville look. The village has had the Glengarry Highland Games for over seven decades, and now it was a spiffy-looking elevated water storage tower.
“It has the Highland games tartan pattern right on the tank – it was well done,” Dipelino said. “The town came to us after the fact (of Landmark getting the contract, wanting the tartan pattern).”
Landmark, Dipelino said, subsequently sub-contracted the job of painting the tower to artist Jack Wilkins.
“It turned out really nice,” Dipelino said. “It’s a milestone for the (overall project and it’s) a milestone for the (water tower workers), the completion of a lift.”
There’s still a bit of work to do on the tower, however.
“We’ll have the steel and the welding wrapped up within two weeks,” Dipelino said.
Not to mention the commissioning of the tower itself, which won’t happen until much closer to when the supply line from Alexandria is completed, along with the pipework within the village itself. The tank will hold water to meet the local supply, as well as help maintain water pressure.
The first phases of the multimillion-dollar project bringing Alexandria water to Maxville began last spring, with North Glengarry awarding a $10.2-million water distribution construction contract to St. Andrews West-based company Clarence McDonald Excavation Ltd.
The company is responsible for installing water and sanitary services throughout the town, including all water mains and services to the property line, road reinstatement and sanitary mains.
There was plenty of construction done beginning in the spring, and an information session was held in early May to explain the various phases of the project.
Bringing municipal water and sewage services to Maxville is a big change for residents, with some using their own septic systems and no properties previously having water meters.
About 90 per cent of the town is connected to the municipal sewage lagoon system, which was built in the late 1980s. thamble[email protected]media.com twitter.com/FreeholderTodd
A look up at the Maxville water tower, whose storage tank was raised on Tuesday.