Water Tower Paint Job

Back in 19Eden Prairie Market Center Water Tower97, the City of Eden Prairie constructed the 2-million-gallon Market Center Water Tower which soars high above our commercial center near Eden Prairie Center mall. Since its initial construction, this water tower has been a cornerstone of our water system and has allowed our community to mature into the City that exists today.

Most modern-day above-ground water towers are essentially the composition of a massive steel basin on top of a concrete stem. Because the steel basin is exposed to the elements, it is highly susceptible to the negative effects of oxidation (or corrosion). Protecting this steel and concrete structure is a thin coating of a specialized paint material. This coating is applied to both the interior and exterior of the water tower and allows the City to extend the useful life of the structure thereby maximizing our initial investment.

Eden Prairie Water Tower RenderingLike your home, water towers must be recoated with a fresh layer of paint every 15 to 20 years. Because the tower is now 18 years old it is in need of a fresh coat of paint. We intend to apply this new coat of paint in 2016. This project also provides us with the opportunity to refresh the visuals and the lettering on the structure. The rendering to the left provides an idea of what residents and travelers in the area could expect to see as they pass near this south metro landmark toward the end of 2016.

3 Comments

  1. Ellen Carter
    Posted August 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I like it!

  2. scott turnbull
    Posted August 6, 2015 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    In my opinion, the new design looks tacky. The paint would need to fade five years before it would sufficiently soften the contrast and the Eden Prairie lettering seems far too large.

  3. Laura Ryding-Becker
    Posted August 6, 2015 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I think it looks great!