Work on tanks underway

Published 9:25 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Water storage tanks near the corner of Court and Main streets and on Mecklenburg Avenue are undergoing maintenance, according to a press release from the Town of Victoria.

The work will be completed by Southern Corrosion Inc., based in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina and will be performed in accordance with American Water Works Association standards and in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water, according to the release.

Maintenance work on the tanks includes inspecting, repairing, cleaning and painting the tanks on a scheduled rotation, the release cited.

“Maintenance of these facilities is essential to the integrity of the system,” the release cited.

The elevated water tank, shown in the picture, was built in the late 1920s.

The release cited the tank had been maintained when needed, but decided that more regular inspections would keep the tank in its best condition.

“The town council feels that in order to protect the facility and to keep it in optimal condition it is best to have regularly-scheduled inspections, repairs from those inspections, and maintenance,” the release cited.

Maintenance work on the elevated tank is expected to take eight weeks to complete and will include draining the tank, abrasive blasting of the interior surfaces to bare metal, applying prime coat and finish coat of epoxy that meets National Sanitation Foundation regulations for contact with potable water, cleaning and sterilizing the tank interior, pressure washing all exterior surfaces and applying two coats of paint to all exterior surfaces, according to the release.

Residents may notice slight changes in their water pressure while the tank undergoes maintenance, the release cited.

The work is anticipated to conclude in late October, the release cited, with the elevated tank rehabilitated and in service.