Water tower “feet” getting new shoes

By Becky Jane Newbold, Managing Editor

Photos by Graham Kilsby

water tower at Hohenwald www.lewisherald.comFoundation restoration began recently on six legs of a water tower located at the intersection of Smith and Kimmins Streets.  Water damage to a concrete veneer caused cracking and crumbling necessitating the work.

State inspectors noted the eroding and recommended the City of Hohenwald proceed with repair.

“At some point in the past, a veneer of concrete was poured over the old support but without adequate support.  We removed part of the old veneer and work on two of six ‘feet’ of the water tower has been completed,” City employee Brad Rasbury reported Tuesday.mayor at reconstructed foundation www.lewisherald.com

City employees are correcting the damage by removing dirt from around the original foundation, adding rebar as support and pouring new concrete.  Had City employees been unable to complete the work, an estimated cost to the city would have been $30,000, Rasbury said.  Rasbury said by using City employees the City is saving an estimated $22,000.

Rasbury expects work to be finished by mid-September.

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