GREEN RIVER — The City of Green River currently has contractors hired to remove two legacy water tanks located on two hillsides in Green River.
One of the tanks is located on the hillside just above Castle Rock Medical Center and the other at the top of Knotty Pine Street. Both of these tanks have been out of service since the 1990s.
“The tanks were built back in the 1950s and ’60s,” said Green River City Communications Administrator Steve Core. “Both tanks are small compared to the newer tanks located at various locations in Green River.”
Core listed several FAQs about the tanks and the Green River water supply this week:
- Why are they being torn down? Answer: We would have torn them down sooner but the cost was too high. With the price of steel now, we received quotes that made it possible to tear them down.
- Isn’t that where my water comes from? Answer: The tanks have been out of service for over 20 years. Water is supplied from five other tanks located throughout Green River.
- Aren’t the water towers used for emergencies? Answer: There is a built-in factor in design with each water tank and the areas that they service for firefighting emergencies. Too much water in storage can cause water quality issues, stagnant water.
- Is the City building new water tanks? Answer: The City is not at this time. Currently Joint Powers Water Board is finishing up a Raw Water Reservoir Project that gives the Rock Springs and Green River areas approximately 10 days of water storage in case of emergencies.
- Are more tanks getting torn down? Answer: Just the two tanks listed above.
- Are they being torn down just because they are old? Answer: No, the tanks were too small for the population growth in the City and set at too low of elevations to properly serve the growth in Green River. The elevations on the hillsides dictate the water pressure at customers’ services. The higher up the hillside the higher the pressure at homes.
Jackman Construction began removing the tanks this week. The legacy water tank removal project should be completed by the end of November, Core said.