ST. CHARLES – A new water tower that will serve the city of St. Charles will be larger – and likely more costly – than staff initially expected.
John Lamb, the city’s environmental services manager, said a third water tower is needed for several reasons, including storage needs.
It also can be used as backup when others are down for maintenance and painting, he said.
Construction on the Red Gate Water Tower is expected to begin next summer and should be completed by spring 2015, he said.
The city originally planned to build a 1 million-gallon water tower based on information from the 10 Year Water Study done in 2007, Lamb said.
However, he said, Engineering Enterprises Inc. – the company hired to do design and construction engineering for the project – recommended a capacity of 1.5 million gallons because of more recent data.
This would make the Red Gate Water Tower the largest in St. Charles, as the others can hold 300,000 gallons and 1 million gallons, Lamb said.
The larger size likely will come at a larger cost.
The 1 million-gallon tank was to cost $1.8 million, but now with the additional 500,000 gallons, the cost will be $3.625 million, according to city documents.
Lamb said the additional costs will be included in the budget for fiscal 2014-15.
“Hopefully, it will come in at a lower cost when we go out to bid,” Lamb said. “We’ve been fortunate to have that happen with other projects.”
Annually, the cost to the average residential user is estimated at $12.77, about $6 more than the cost for the smaller tower, according to documents.
Documents indicate the city and Engineering Enterprises Inc. are applying for an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency low-interest loan at a rate of 1.93 percent to finance the project.