MITFORD – The Mitford Community will be reaping the benefits of years of hard work soon, thanks to a new water tower being erected.
While construction began on the tower last year, circumstances prevented the groundbreaking from being held until last week.
The existing water tower is feeding another in the area that was more than 3.5 times its size, and could only provide around six hours of water.
By law, a community is required to be able to provide 24 hours’ worth of water in the event of an emergency. With the tower not meeting regulations, the community had to find a way to build a new one.
The Mitford Water District’s board has spent most of the last decade working to bring the new tower in. Board chairman Lonnie Campbell credited Mike Good as being integral to getting the tower.
“Mike has done a ton of legwork on this,” Campbell said. “The board has been working on this thing for 8 and a half years, and trying to get the funds together, getting everything together, seeing what is involved, and I’d like to give Mike a hand.”
The tower is being built by Hill Engineering and, when completed, will contain over 70 tons of steel and 750 yards on concrete. The tower is estimated to be finished by the end of the year.