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Crews place tank on new water tower in Shawnee

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 14:44:46-04

SHAWNEE, Kan. — You’ve heard of raising the roof, but how about raising the bowl?

Last week, crews working with WaterOne — the independent, public water provider in Johnson County — placed a bowl atop a new 110-foot water tower.

The tower is on Johnson Drive, west of Interstate 435 in Shawnee. The new bowl, or tank, will hold 3 million gallons of water. When the $6.6 million project is complete in May 2020, it will provide more consistent water pressure, especially during busy times, and guarantee enough water gets to the fire sprinklers in buildings around that part of Shawnee.

According to WaterOne, more than 600 tons of steel and more than 100 truckloads of concrete have been used for construction of the new water tower and tank, which began in September 2018.

The tank has a 116-foot diameter and a high watermark of 85 feet, according to the company.