New paint and an interior cleanup have given Sioux Center’s north water tower a fresh look and long-lasting protection from the elements.
“Anywhere metal is exposed, it will rust,” explained Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Water Department Head Harlan Kruid. “We did this to protect our tower from corrosion for the next few decades.”
To paint the outside of the 500,000-gallon tower, crews first had to sandblast off two layers of exterior paint, one from 2000 and the original paint from when the tower was built in 1986.
The exterior was finished with two primers and a final protective paint coat, plus black lettering for “Sioux Center,” using the style of the community’s “Growing Bright” logo.
Inside, the crews drained the tower, power-washed the bowl, and sandblasted and re-painted any spots showing corrosion or rust. The interior of the tower was last painted in 2005.
The tower was re-filled with water and went through a series of tests, then was cleared to begin use again. Each water tower is inspected on a regular basis to ensure it continues to be above Iowa DNR requirements.
“This north tower covers about half of our average daily usage for Sioux Center. It provides storage and pressure for our system,” Kruid said. “For community-owned resources like this, we take maintenance seriously.”