Illinois American Water Co. will start a facelift of its 1963 water tower on Reservoir Road near Court Street in early September.

The company built a water tower in Riverway Business Park in 2013 that bears the marigold logo. Pekin is the marigold capitol of the world. The marigold was the favorite flower of Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen.

“We are working with the city on the logo,” said Illinois American Water Co. External Affairs Manager Karen Cotton. “It is most likely the marigold, but we haven’t finalized that just yet.”

The 120-foot-water tower, which holds 500,000 gallons of water, was last upgraded in 1997. The project is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $750,000. The tower will be covered while it is sandblasted, primered, and the final coat is applied to prevent debris and paint from escaping into the area. The inside and the outside will be painted.

The tower in Riverway Business Park, which was built in 2013, will service the community. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Cotton said the old tower will continue well into the future.

“With regular inspections, about every other year, and this maintenance work, a water tower can remain in good shape,” said Cotton. “That’s why this work is really important to keeping a tower in service for many decades.”

 According to Cord Cisler, operations superintendent, this investment will increase the reliability and longevity of the tower.

“Water tanks not only serve a vital role in our water distribution systems, but they serve as landmarks for communities,” said Cisler in a press release. “We are excited to give this tank a facelift.”

The facelift will have little affect on water service. Customers may notice a “slight variation in water pressure as a result of the tank being out of service,” the press release stated. Water quality will remain the same and “will continue to meet all federal and state water quality regulations.”

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