Kingdom City pours $300,000 into water tower overhaul

Kingdom City's water tower boasts a new paint job. The North Callaway Thunderbirds logo was painted on the tank as part of a $300,000 overhaul to the tower that is planned to be completed by Thanksgiving.

Kingdom City's water tower boasts a new paint job. The North Callaway Thunderbirds logo was painted on the tank as part of a $300,000 overhaul to the tower that is planned to be completed by Thanksgiving. Photo by Mandi Steele.

KINGDOM CITY — In a fresh coat of paint, two bright, green Thunderbirds now appear on the water tower here.

To the delight of those in the North Callaway School District, the district’s mascot can now be seen on the north and south sides of the tower that stands about 125 feet tall and is about 50 feet in diameter. They were put on early last week as part of a $300,000 renovation project.

Curtis Warfield Jr., city manager for the Village of Kingdom City, said the renovation — paid for by the city — started on Oct. 17 and will wrap up just in time for Thanksgiving. The tank holds 500,000 gallons of water, and Warfield said the plan is to refill it today, send water samples to the Department of Natural Resources on Monday and have city residents back on the water tower by about Wednesday. During the tower’s makeover, residents were running off an interconnect of the Callaway 2 Water District.

Warfield said the tower was previously a rusted blue and hadn’t been worked on in several years. Utility Service Company, Inc., with headquarters in Atlanta, did a complete overhaul, inside and out, of the tower, bringing it up to DNR specifications, he said.

“We wanted to make sure we were 100 percent compliant, so we could provide the best water quality possible,” Warfield explained.

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