Seeing the old tower go will be a psychic jolt. Out here on the prairie, we love our water towers. Along with our grain elevators, they are our skyscrapers, greater landmarks literally and psychologically than any plastic and brick besloganed signs our economic developers may erect at the city limits.
Quick Madison water and tower facts:
- The West Tower was built in 1935 (hey! high time to use stimulus dollars to build a replacement!)
- Madison doesn't use the West Tower during winter.
- The West Tower is 25 feet lower than its yonger counterpart, the North Tower, up by the cemetery. (Why didn't they call it the East Tower?)
- Since the two towers are both connected to the whole system, water doesn't move from the West Tower until the water level in the North Tower drops below that 25-foot difference. That creates a situation where the water in the West Tower could sit for too long, getting stagnant, lowering the chlorine level, and allowing microbes to grow.
- Banner's recommendation: build a new tower to an elevation of 1845 feet to match the North Tower.
- Madison's projected daily water demand by 2030: 2.546 milloion gallons (that's 1768 gallons per minute!).