Just south of Watkinsville across from Thomas Orchards, Greenhouse and Giftshop, something really big is under construction. A 141-foot water tower will be finished later this fall to improve water pressure and water quality around Watkinsville. This is a county project, not a city project. 

County Administrator Justin Kirouac explained that the Bishop’s Vineyard water tower, which is in the city limits, is at or near capacity during winter months. That has caused the water to become stagnant and aged without manual intervention to force the tank to cycle.

Strategically placed pressure reducing valves will automatically adjust to maintain a set pressure and allow tanks to cycle.

In the summer, the Bishop’s Vineyard tank becomes low during high-demand periods. The reduced tank volume and head pressure during these events causes low pressure and reduced fire flows. 

Building a 750,000-gallon elevated water tank and installing five pressure-reducing valves will address the aforementioned issue, said Kirouac.

When asked about the appearance of the tank, Kirouac said the plan is to have the words “Oconee County” painted on it.

For more on this story, see the Nov. 19 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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