Water tower demolished in West Unity

The old West Unity water tower was demolished this past week. It will be replaced by a new, 100,000-gallon water tower. Photo courtesy of Kayli Shumaker

The old West Unity village water tower was demolished this past week to make way for a new, 100,000-gallon water tower.

Demolition and removing the old tower and constructing a new one carries an estimated cost of $1.126 million. Maguire Iron Inc., of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the project general contractor. The new tower will be painted red and white and located at the site of the current tank, near the southeast corner of Church and Madison streets.

Separately, E. R. Zeiler Excavating, of Temperance, Michigan, was selected to provide new, and at points larger, water lines to the tower, with a bid of $113,300. The work is nearing completion, according to village fiscal officer Kim Grime.

The selection of Maguire Iron and E R Zeiler Excavating was made from five total bidders. Several bids included both the tower and the water lines.

Maguire Iron was selected upon the recommendation of the Poggemeyer Design Group, which judged it the best bid, though another bidder, Caldwell Tanks Inc., of Louisville, Kentucky, actually had the lowest bid at $1.067 million. Caldwell, however, wanted to locate a tank farther east of the current tower site.

To help pay for the project, the village secured $412,500 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency water supply revolving loan fund, with the balance from the village.

Grime said the old tower was 84 years old and needed more than $300,000 in repair, so the village council elected to replace it. The good news is that that area of town will get better flow from a new tower, Grime said.

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