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Commonwealth Water Tower Maintenance Project

Woodbury and Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) will be completing maintenance and upgrades to the Commonwealth Water Tower near Commonwealth Avenue. The purpose of the work is to complete the needed reconditioning of the water storage facility to extend the useful life of this resource.

Work began in April and is anticipated to be completed by August, weather dependent, with working operations between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Work that requires the use of loud equipment will not begin until 9 a.m. Sunday work may be possible pending Council approval.

The maintenance activities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The removal of portions of the existing coatings and application of new coatings. In order to prep the tower for this, the communications equipment attached to the tower must be removed and placed on a temporary monopole. There may be some contractor vehicles parking along the driveway of the water tower site.
  • Because the contractor will be using abrasive methods for exterior coating removal, a containment system will be utilized to control the release of abrasive material. Therefore, no dust emissions should be produced outside of the containment system by the operations. During transfer of clean abrasive from the bulk storage tank to the blast pots, some dust may be visible.
  • The largest potential nuisance anticipated is noise during the coating removal operations. Coating removal activities are required and will occur periodically throughout the project. Abrasive removal of aged coating is critical in the reconditioning efforts to extend the longevity of this important water storage facility.
Please note: Patrons using the ballfields in the area should expect loud noises coming from the work site during the designated early evening work times, especially when work is taking place on the exterior of the water tower. It’s important that work continues during these times to meet project schedules. We apologize for the disruption.

April 10 Update:
The telecommunications removal and tank preparation phase of the project is now complete. This initial phase included complete removal of all cellular equipment and supporting brackets. This equipment has now been moved to the temporary monopoles for the duration of the project. The next phase of the rehabilitation will be completed by Classic Protective Coatings and will commence as soon as weather conditions allow.

Residents living near the project area will no longer receive mailed correspondence from the city. Updates will be available on this page of the website.

Questions can be directed to Chad Setterhold, City of Woodbury engineering consultant, at (651) 765-2911 or the Public Works Department at (651) 714-3720.