Water They Doing Up There?: New Look for Peahala Park Tower

GLIMPSE OF LBI FROM UP Significant: Very long Beach front Township’s drinking water tower in Peahala Park was cleaned, each inside of and outdoors, and repainted. Get the job done began in late winter season and was accomplished in time for the 4th of July vacation weekend. (Picture by Ryan Morrill)
In mid-February, refurbishment commenced on Lengthy Beach Township’s Peahala Park water tower, on the bay facet of Extended Seaside Boulevard in the vicinity of the Acme supermarket. As LBT Drinking water/Sewer Section Superintendent Michael Clark pointed out, “a great deal of transferring pieces” have to come collectively when one particular of the municipality’s tanks requires renewal, with a timeline that requires completion in advance of the heart of summertime – when the township requirements all its towers up and jogging.
In accordance to Clark, the Peahala Park drinking water tower, alongside with the 1 in Seashore Haven Terrace, was designed in 1999-2000, even though the Holgate tank was erected not prolonged after the storm of 1962, and the construction in Brant Seaside even earlier, in possibly 1957 or 1958. A floor tank also found in the Terrace has been there considering the fact that the early 1950s, Clark believed.
The Terrace tank was spruced up in early 2019, whilst the floor tank was serviced later on that identical 12 months.
Both of those the Peahala Park and Beach Haven Terrace h2o towers are on an asset management strategy, with Utility Expert services, a branch of mother or father firm Suez. The 20-yr-deal dictates that the buildings are inspected per year, with two comprehensive paintings and two entire overcoats on a specific timetable, and the skill to speak to the firm whenever the municipality feels the towers need to have company.
Clark explained this route, vs . heading out to bid for each venture, is cost-efficient and productive – plus the towers always glance awesome, considering the fact that the firm is contractually obligated to make repairs and paint the tanks. Moreover the township can price range every yr, relatively than bond, for the do the job. “When we ran the math out, we figured we’re conserving all-around $3 million about the training course of the 20 many years, in 2020 dollars,” Clark spelled out.
The Brant Beach and Holgate towers, he included, will possible have the very same deal quickly.
Right before do the job was set to begin on the construction in Peahala Park, AT&T and Verizon taken off their gear. Then, Utility Companies began interior get the job done on the tank, these as cleansing, sandblasting and redoing the coating. They also did “what we call ‘hot do the job,’” mentioned Clark this entails welding to deal with any insignificant structural damage within – one thing that happens significantly less now that there is a “mixer” in the tower to maintain the h2o going at all times to reduce ice damming.
When the inside of was completed, the exterior of the tower underwent hot get the job done, with any necessary upgrades for the observation deck and railings. Up coming came sandblasting, cleanup, powerwashing and a primer coat, and a stop by from the telephone firms to resecure their machines.
The tank was then completely ready for its last coat of paint. Clark observed that the personnel “didn’t spray it they hand-rolled the complete tank,” primarily in response to the spring’s sturdy winds. “Even with containment” they did not want to likelihood the paint spray blowing off any where.
JPI Painting, contracted by Utility Products and services for the portray perform, utilizes a enterprise to make logos to use on the h2o towers, and the township went back again and forth with them to make a decision on a remaining seem. “The town experienced to select out what they wanted, which was really a method,” Clark laughed. Numerous different designs have been considered, and in the conclude, the elected officers – Mayor Joseph Mancini, Commissioner Ralph Bayard and Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi – chose the impression of two dolphins for the facet of the Peahala Park tank.
“Simple definitely works,” said Clark, who also pointed to the cleanse flag design on the Seaside Haven Terrace tower.
It can take close to 100 to 120 days to paint a drinking water tank, minus any breaks for inclement weather. Via the spring, Clark stated, the painters would clearly show up all around 5 a.m. and then, midday, get the job done on initiatives on the floor, before resuming portray closer to the evening, when the wind settled down.
Work on the Peahala Park tower finished the week right before the 4th of July holiday getaway, just after which drinking water samples had been despatched to a lab the township had to wait around for individuals outcomes just before putting the tower, with its h2o refilled, back again on line. The township’s h2o towers ended up all all set for the busy season.
And indeed, Clark has been up on the observation decks of the Peahala Park and Seaside Haven Terrace towers, both of those of which are about 118 feet tall. “It’s wonderful,” he remarked, specifically on times with very good visibility. “You can see all of LBI. You can see Atlantic Town clear as day, and down to the Seaside (Ferris) wheel. You can see ships in the ocean, 10 to 15 miles out at sea,” and it’s possible even a dolphin or two jumping out of the h2o.
Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

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