Work is scheduled to begin next week to repair and repaint Evanston’s south water standpipe at Hartrey Avenue and Cleveland Street.

The project is part of a nearly $3.3 million contract with American Suncraft Construction Co. of Medway, Ohio, that began with repairs to the north standpipe, on Gross Point Road at Harrison Street, this spring.

Utilities Director Dave Stoneback says that because of wet weather conditions this spring, the completion of the north standpipe project has been pushed back from July 1 to July 31.

Stoneback says work on the south standpipe will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and is expected to be completed by Oct. 30. Because of time constraints for completing the work, some work on Saturdays may be needed.

During the project, the standpipe will be emptied of water and the interior and exterior coating will be removed by sandblasting down to bare metal. During sandblasting, a containment system will be erected around the tank, but it may be removed by the contractor prior to painting, Stoneback says.

The tank will have spot repairs made on the metal and will then be painted with several coats of epoxy paint. Although this project will improve the aesthetic appearance of the standpipe, Stoneback says, it’s primarily needed as maintenance to prevent structural damage caused by corrosion where the existing coating system has failed. 

Both standpipes help maintain pressure in the water distribution system. Stoneback says the decision to do the larger, 7.5 million gallon north standpipe first was based on the need to have it available during the peak water usage period of late July and August. The south standpipe holds 5 million gallons of water.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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