Indian Head Water Storage Tank Replacement
The water tank located off Indian Head Heights is a key asset in Framingham's water distribution system. The 3.5 million gallon tank provides storage for over half of the average daily water demand in the Town's distribution system.
Initially installed in 1939, the tank is aged and needs to be replaced. Due to its current condition, age and the critical nature of this tank, it is not reasonable to take it out of service for extensive repairs.
To continue providing high water quality and fire protection, two smaller tanks will replace the existing tank for a combined total of 3.5 million gallons. The smaller, narrower profile of the two tanks not only sit better on the site they will allow redundancy in the system when repairs are needed. The project site design has considered access, security, stormwater management and landscape screening improvements.
Final design is complete and construction bids have been advertised. Construction is anticipated to begin in April,2017.
This project is currently on schedule with the originally anticipated completion date.
The following activities have been completed so far: tank #1 is currently in service. The existing tank, and the 12-inch water by-pass, have been drained and are currently out of service. Electrical work is currently ongoing from the new SCADA building to the new tank. Fiber optic installation to the new SCADA building is anticipated to be completed by mid February.
During the upcoming month, it is anticipated to have electrical work around tank #1, including conduits, junction boxes, mount pads, and wiring to transfer all the equipment and antennae from the old tank to the new SCADA building. This will allow time to clean off the area around the old tank and move forward with the demolition of the old tank in the upcoming months.