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Public works constructs $2.4M water tower to supply Humble’s growing population

August 17, 2018

The City of Humble Public Works department has been working on another water distribution system to meet the needs of the city’s 15,616 residents.

“The (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality specifies) that you have a certain amount of elevated storage. To meet that criteria, we had to build the tower,” Assistant Public Works Director Mark Arnold said.

The elevated storage tank is currently being built on Wilson Road. There’s currently a tank behind Deerbrook Mall, off on Rankin Road and one next to the Public Works department on Granberry Street.

Landmark Structures from Fort Worth is constructing the elevated storage tank in the contract amount of $2.4 million. The water tower should be completed January 2019.

The elevated storage tank on Wilson Road will have the same design as the one behind Deerbrook Mall.

“We had an engineering firm come in and do a model of our system. You base your towers based on pressure needs, needs like that; We just have to have a certain amount of elevated storage capacity and then it’s our place to best determine where it suits the city,” Arnold said.

There are 500,000 gallons of water in the tank on Rankin Road, while a 1 million gallons tank sits behind Deerbrook Mall. The tank currently under construction on Wilson Road will hold a million gallons of water when it opens.

Arnold said all the other water towers will remain. The oldest water tower was built in the 1930’s. It is located next to the Public Works Department and holds about 125,000 gallons of water.

All of the city’s elevated storage tanks help maintain the city’s pressure system under control. If one tank were to go out of service, then there will be pressure issues in that certain part of town.

“TCEQ also requires based off of your population that you have a certain amount of elevated storage capacity,” Arnold said.

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