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Jetco Limited crew members put the finishing touches on the "New Richmond" lettering on the face of the downtown water tower.

New Richmond water tower back on line

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After a couple months of preparation, sand blasting and painting, the newly refurbished downtown New Richmond water tower is back on line.

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The tower, located next to the fire hall, was completely rehabilitated at a cost of $339,620. The project included sand blasting of the entire structure and repainting the tower on the inside and out.

The rehabilitation of the present tower will extend the life of the structure. Funds for the project will come from reserve funds within the New Richmond Utilities Department.

City Administrator and Utilities Manager Mike Darrow said the project went well, despite the sights and sounds that probably annoyed neighbors from time to time.

"We appreciate the patience of the adjoining property owners during the process," Darrow said.

Now that the water tower work is finished, Darrow said the structure should be good to go for the next 20 years or so.

Due to the repainting of the inside, Darrow said there might be a slight improvement in water quality in the city's system.

"But I don't think people will notice a big difference," he said.

One final phase of the project remains to be completed. The various radio and communications antennas that sit atop the structure will likely be replaced in the coming weeks, Darrow said.

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