BELTON — The citizens of Belton approved revenue bonds in April 2013 to construct improvements to the drinking water and wastewater systems; a new water tower was part of that plan. The Public Works Department hosted a ground breaking on Wednesday at Markey Park, which is the location of the new water tower. The project will take approximately 18 months to complete.
The elevated storage tank will hold 3 million gallons of water. To put that in perspective, the existing water tower near I49 and 58 Highway holds 1.5 million gallons. The tower will be roughly 112 feet tall; the bowl at the top will be about 110 feet in diameter; and the pedestal (base), approximately 60 feet in diameter. After completing the design, the City learned that this will be the largest water tower in the State of Missouri; due to its volume.
The new water tower will be of benefit in many ways. It will provide a greater ability to meet the demands of the community in the near and the long term, allowing the City to grow responsibly. It will also improve the safety of the community regarding fire suppression. The City was successful in securing low interest loans from the State of Missouri and that will save millions of dollars in interest expenses over the next 20 years.