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600,000 gallons of water drained from leaky tank

By By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
Oct. 31, 2002
City workers have drained about 600,000 gallons of treated water out of north Meridian's new elevated water tower after a leak was discovered.
Hugh Smith, an assistant public works director who heads up the city's water division, said workers from Caldwell Tanks worked Wednesday to fix the "small" leak on the million-gallon tank.
Construction began last year on the tank, built to help ease water pressure problems for residents in north Meridian. The tank is on Windmill Drive, near Highway 39 North.
Smith said the leak was found last week during the disinfection process of filling the tank. After dechlorinating the water, Smith said, the water was discarded onto the ground.
Smith said as soon as welders finish patching the leak, the tank will be refilled. He said he's not sure how long it will be before the tank goes online.