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Howell water tank complete, operational

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:44 am

The new Howell Tank

The new Howell Tank

Construction of Fayetteville Public Utiltities’ new 320,000-gallon Howell Water Tank is complete. The tank was filled and placed into service earlier this month.

The new tank replaces the old 100,000-gallon tank located on Daves Hollow Road. In addition to the increased water storage size, construction plans also included site improvements for security and safety. The previous tank was a 24-foot tall metal tank, which was constructed in 1977-1978. The new tank is constructed of glass-fused, bolted steel and spans 42-feet in diameter.

It reaches 30 feet in height with a capacity of 320,000 gallons. During the construction process, the new tank arrived in pre-fabricated sections and was assembled on site.

The Howell Water Tank is connected to FPU’s SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system via fiber to allow for continuous water level monitoring at the main office.

“The SCADA connection provides us information about water tank levels as they fluctuate during the day, which helps us decide whether or not to send additional water from the main plant facility to maintain our water levels at the tank,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye.

The old Howell Tank

The old Howell Tank

During the Howell Water Tank replacement process, water was supplied to FPU customers directly from the main water plant via the new booster station on Lewisburg Highway. Once the new tank was placed into operation, the booster station will remain in service to pump water from the main water plant to the Howell tank as needed.

The Howell water tank supplies water to Lewisburg Highway, the communities of Belleville and Mimosa, Lovers Lane, Deer Trace and Round Square Road. It also supplies water to Petersburg Water System and to some customers of Lincoln County Board of Public Utilities. Altogether, the Howell Water Tank provides water for approximately 1,200 accounts.