‘It’s a monster’ Framework for massive water tower drawing notice

Written By: Lamesa Press-Reporter

Date: March 6, 2022

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In 2016, the City of Lamesa decided to upgrade the current water supply system and worked with Parkhill to design system improvements. With meetings and planning beginning in 2016, plans for a two-prong project were decided to be the best solution to increase storage capacity and replace the old well field line from Lamesa Wellfield. Together these projects would give the city the ability to withstand any future CRMWA line failures from the Roberts County Wellfield and allow the city to avoid stringent water restrictions during those outages. Funding for the project was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.

A primary part of the Lamesa 2016 USDA Water Supply Improvements Project includes a 14-million-gallon water storage tank. The city decided that they wanted the capacity to have at least two full weeks at normal use and up to a month if they placed some level of water use restrictions on the residents. Parkhill determined that an existing 700,000-gallon water storage tank and the new 14-million-gallon ground storage tank would be needed to provide this amount of water to the community.

Read more about the new water storage tank from Parkhill Project Representative J.T. Puckett.

“It’s a monster!”

That’s just one of the expressions Parkhill Project Representative J.T. Puckett uses when describing the massive 14-million-gallon water storage tank now being built here.

Few people noticed when construction began more than five months ago.

That’s because, until recently, the construction site has mainly been a really wide hole in the ground.

But that changed just over a week ago when scaffold-like shoring started going up a couple of blocks west of Bryan Ave., at the end of N. 15th St.

An initial few spindly-looking towers which went up just over a week ago has grown daily into an impressive-looking steel structure of its own.

And it’s still growing.