New Water Tank On The Rise

Steel 'Bowl' Raised - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Birch Street Tank
Concrete pedestal being constructed at the Birch Street Facility – Summer 2018.

Since the project began in 2017, the foundation has been poured and the cylindrical concrete pedestal has been rising since the summer of 2018 – Climbing to a height of 165 feet.  The 1,000,000-gallon steel container known as the “Bowl”, has been welded and was hoisted to the top of the pedestal on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

This is an exciting time for West Hempstead Water District (WHWD) as we’re close to completing the construction of our new Water Tank at our Birch Street facility.  WHWD started to plan for the new tower in 2013 after comprehensive studies and an evaluation of the existing tank’s condition were completed. It was determined that a new tank was the most cost-effective solution as the current tank had reached the end of its useful life.

Water tanks designed today are more resilient, easier to maintain and better equipped to optimize water pressure during times of peak demand and fire emergencies. Replacing the tank now with one that meets today’s stringent safety and structural standards will ensure our consumers will continue to receive an uninterrupted supply of the highest quality water possible for decades to come.

“This is quite an accomplishment for the District,” commented Chairman of the Board C. John Sparacio. “Our consumers are seeing their bond dollars at work as the tower is now in place. The West Hempstead Water District will have a new landmark tank which will hold 250,000 gallons of water more than the current tank, which was constructed almost 80 years ago to the day!”

“One of the major benefits of this design is the tank can go 20 to 25 years without any major maintenance or refurbishing,” added West Hempstead Water District Superintendent Robert P. York. "This is an incredible cost savings to our tax payers and this new tank will stand the test of time.” 

Once complete and online, this concrete pedestal tank, more commonly known as a composite tank, will be the first of its kind on Long Island.

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Click on the videos below and learn more about the history of West Hempstead Water District, and the advancements of the new tank: