By Kristin Zodrow, TSB Staff
The new water tower on Hardin Boulevard is on track to be completed by December, Senior Utility Engineer Paul Tucker told TownSquareBuzz.com.
As the project reaches its 12-month mark, the next steps include raising the steel bowl, completing the tank structure, installing the ornamental fence —in addition to site work such as grading, concrete paving and landscaping. This area in the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Hardin Boulevard and Virginia Parkway was identified by the Water Distribution System Master Plan as needing additional water storage, as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations.
“Streets will generally remain open during construction,” Tucker said. “However, some temporary lane closures may be necessary at critical points of the project.”
According to a document available on the City of McKinney website, this project is for the construction of a 2 million gallon elevated water storage tank and a 24-inch diameter water main along the south side of Virginia Parkway.
“The elevated water storage tank is an important element in the water distribution system,” said Tucker. “The elevated water storage tank will provide support during water emergencies such as fires, water main breaks, pump station outages for the area. The elevated water storage helps to supplement and thus reduce the demands on the water pumping and transmission lines. As a result, the pump sizes and transmission line sizes are reduced. Additionally, the elevated water storage will help to stabilize water pressures in the area.”