The new water tower on the west hill of Kent keeps getting higher and higher.
The city’s public works department recently released the latest construction photos on November 30 as crews install the walls and aim to complete the 16-story tower by spring 2022, in preparation for commissioning in next fall. When finished, a painted mural will be added to the water tank.
The $ 8.4 million reservoir will fill a water storage gap on West Hill to ensure residents and businesses have an adequate water supply during peak periods, according to the city’s website. It will also provide the necessary fire flow storage for the West Hill water service area so that there is sufficient water available to fight the fires.
The teams plan to complete the project by next fall. The steel will be erected throughout the winter of 2021-2022 and will be completed in the spring of 2022. The 165-foot tower will be cleaned, coated, filled and tested before it is put into service.
The reservoir rises in a former small city park at 24731 38th Ave. S., near Military Road South. The city
closed the pedestrian path on the south side of the reservoir site (formerly Kronisch Park) during construction. This path will be reopened once construction is completed.
Construction on the Anacortes-based T Bailey Inc project began in March. The project will be financed from the city’s water utility fund, which is covered by taxpayer fees.
Kent City Council unanimously approved in November 2019 the transfer of a 0.65 acre city park to the Parks Department Public Works Department to construct the water storage tank. The council in September 2019 delayed the vote on removing the undeveloped Kronisch Park after several people testified that they wanted city officials to find a different location for the tower in order to preserve the park and keep a tower also high away from their business or home. .