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

GLIMPSE OF LBI FROM UP High: Prolonged Seashore Township’s drinking water tower in Peahala Park was cleaned, each inside and exterior, and repainted. Operate started in late winter and was carried out in time for the 4th of July holiday break weekend. (Photo by Ryan Morrill)
In mid-February, refurbishment started on Very long Seaside Township’s Peahala Park drinking water tower, on the bay aspect of Lengthy Beach front Boulevard in the vicinity of the Acme supermarket. As LBT Water/Sewer Section Superintendent Michael Clark pointed out, “a lot of going pieces” have to arrive collectively when a person of the municipality’s tanks involves renewal, with a timeline that demands completion ahead of the heart of summertime – when the township requires all its towers up and managing.
In accordance to Clark, the Peahala Park water tower, together with the one in Seashore Haven Terrace, was designed in 1999-2000, while the Holgate tank was erected not prolonged after the storm of 1962, and the composition in Brant Beach even previously, in perhaps 1957 or 1958. A ground tank also located in the Terrace has been there considering the fact that the early 1950s, Clark approximated.
The Terrace tank was spruced up in early 2019, while the ground tank was serviced later that exact same yr.
Both the Peahala Park and Seaside Haven Terrace h2o towers are on an asset administration approach, with Utility Companies, a department of mother or father company Suez. The 20-calendar year-agreement dictates that the structures are inspected on a yearly basis, with two comprehensive paintings and two full overcoats on a specific agenda, and the capability to get in touch with the company anytime the municipality feels the towers need to have company.
Clark said this route, as opposed to likely out to bid for just about every challenge, is price tag-effective and economical – additionally the towers generally appear awesome, because the business is contractually obligated to make repairs and paint the tanks. As well as the township can budget each individual yr, instead than bond, for the perform. “When we ran the math out, we figured we’re conserving about $3 million over the program of the 20 years, in 2020 dollars,” Clark defined.
The Brant Seashore and Holgate towers, he included, will possible have the very same deal before long.
Before perform was set to commence on the structure in Peahala Park, AT&T and Verizon taken out their devices. Then, Utility Expert services started interior work on the tank, these as cleansing, sandblasting and redoing the coating. They also did “what we phone ‘hot work,’” claimed Clark this entails welding to repair any small structural injury inside of – something that comes about considerably less now that there’s a “mixer” in the tower to maintain the h2o shifting at all situations to avert ice damming.
When the within was completed, the exterior of the tower underwent hot work, with any essential upgrades for the observation deck and railings. Subsequent arrived sandblasting, cleanup, powerwashing and a primer coat, and a take a look at from the mobile phone businesses to resecure their tools.
The tank was then all set for its ultimate coat of paint. Clark famous that the workers “didn’t spray it they hand-rolled the complete tank,” largely in response to the spring’s robust winds. “Even with containment” they didn’t want to prospect the paint spray blowing off wherever.
JPI Portray, contracted by Utility Services for the painting do the job, utilizes a business to make logos to use on the drinking water towers, and the township went again and forth with them to come to a decision on a last glance. “The town had to choose out what they wanted, which was quite a course of action,” Clark laughed. Numerous distinctive styles had been thought of, and in the conclusion, the elected officers – Mayor Joseph Mancini, Commissioner Ralph Bayard and Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi – chose the graphic of two dolphins for the aspect of the Peahala Park tank.
“Simple undoubtedly works,” reported Clark, who also pointed to the clean flag style on the Seaside Haven Terrace tower.
It will take close to 100 to 120 times to paint a h2o tank, minus any breaks for inclement weather. Via the spring, Clark said, the painters would show up close to 5 a.m. and then, midday, get the job done on projects on the ground, just before resuming portray closer to the evening, when the wind settled down.
Do the job on the Peahala Park tower completed the week prior to the 4th of July holiday break, immediately after which drinking water samples were sent to a lab the township experienced to wait around for individuals benefits before putting the tower, with its water refilled, back on line. The township’s water towers have been all ready for the active period.
And indeed, Clark has been up on the observation decks of the Peahala Park and Seaside Haven Terrace towers, each of which are about 118 ft tall. “It’s gorgeous,” he remarked, especially on days with good visibility. “You can see all of LBI. You can see Atlantic City obvious as day, and down to the Seaside (Ferris) wheel. You can see ships in the ocean, 10 to 15 miles out at sea,” and perhaps even a dolphin or two jumping out of the water.
Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

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