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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Update on water tower work

  • On Monday June 2, the water tower was drained and Osseo Construction began the scheduled repairs and also began building the structure that will support the huge tent which will enclose and contain the blasting materials when the exterior is sandblasted.
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  • I am sure most everyone has noticed that work on the water tower has begun and at this time is in full swing. Last month I stated that most of the work had to be done with no water in the tank. On Monday June 2, it was drained and Osseo Construction began the scheduled repairs and also began building the structure that will support the huge tent which will enclose and contain the blasting materials when the exterior is sandblasted.
     
    Last week they also started sandblasting the interior of the tank and welding up some of the pitted areas. Our contract calls for the water tower to be empty for no longer than 10 weeks so June 2 started the clock ticking on that requirement.
     
    We have been happy to see the cooler temperatures and the nice rainfall amounts that we have gotten so far in June. It has really greatly decreased if not eliminated the need for lawn watering. So as of now there are no water restrictions in place. We are however, asking everyone to be conscience of the fact that we are operating the system differently without the water tower and that less water being consumed when the tower is empty helps us manage the situation. With this being said, we still have adequate fire protection capabilities, we still can wash a car or water the garden. We are just for now asking people to be aware of their water usage during the time the tower is empty.
     
    If July suddenly turns hot and dry we will re-evaluate the situation, but for now things are going pretty well.
     
    Summer in Minnesota can bring many projects around the house. Please remember, if you plan to dig on your property you must call Gopher State One Call at least 48 hours prior to have any underground utilities located. This is a free service and it only takes a few minutes to call. The number is 1-800-252-1166. Digging into underground utilities is both dangerous and costly.
     
    Please take the time to call to have them located before you dig.

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