Repairs will be made to Des Plaines' aboveground 4 million gallon water storage tank on Central Road in preparation for receiving a new city water source.
The city council this week authorized the repairs by approving a $324,850 contract with DN Tanks, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, the original manufacturer of the 40-year-old tank.
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Des Plaines is awaiting approval of an agreement with the Northwest Water Commission that would allow the city to connect to the commission's water source on Wolf Road, about a mile away. City officials say modifications to the tank are necessary in preparation for the future water supply, including recoating of the tank, internal pipe reconfiguration, and roof connection modifications, as well as a fixing a small leak at the intake piping.
The city council has allocated $6 million to spend over the next two years to build a pipeline and make improvements to the tank.