In an earlier blog, I had stated that the City of Eden Prairie constructed our 2-million-gallon Market Center Water Tower back in 1997. Like your home, water towers must be recoated with a fresh layer of paint every 15 to 20 years. Because the tower is now almost 20 years old it is in need of a fresh coat of paint. That time for a new paint job is now.
Work begins this week on our most prominent structure — a water tower that has been the cornerstone of our water system and one that has allowed our community to mature into the City that exists today.
The $1.4-million project entails sand-blasting and repainting the interior and exterior of the 2-million-gallon water reservoir.
Preparations over the next week include removing the four blue fluorescent clocks and installing a giant curtain, which will be raised during blasting and painting to absorb dust. After all of the existing paint is removed, spot welding repairs and other modifications will be made to the steel tank. Following that work, a silver zinc primer coat will be sprayed onto the tank and then multiple finish coats of paint will be roller-applied.
For the final step in the 16-week project, a new Eden Prairie graphic will be painted onto the recoated structure.
Final completion of the project is expected to occur in November of this year.