Work continues on new Greenville tank

Work continues on new Greenville tank

Town officials and construction workers watch as the sides take form on the tank.

SMITHFIELD - It's a $1.4-million investment that doesn't hold water - not yet, at least - but shortly it'll be tall and tight, with contents deep enough to fill 100 in-ground swimming pools.

With help from a mammoth crane, construction workers last Friday began steering into place the 60,000-pound concrete slabs that will enclose the tank, rising 60 feet above Burlingame Road.

Fifty-two feet wide and with a million-gallon capacity, the tank will substantially improve domestic water pressure and fire protection in that area of town, served by the Greenville Water District.

In partnership with the town, which supplied land for the tank, the district will connect the new facility to a nearby, 300,000-gallon municipal tank so each can back up the other in emergencies.

District General Manager David M. Powers Jr. said he expects the new tank to be in service by the end of November.

The water district is building the tank as part of a $2.15-million project that includes an extension of lines along Mann School and Burlingame Roads to connect up with the new storage facility.

He said water pressure is expected to increase so dramatically in the area that the district will make pressure-regulation valves available at no cost to customers there, although they will have to pay to have the devices installed.

A section of Mann School Road, closed to all but neighborhood traffic in recent months, should be fully open by the end of October, according to Powers.

The huge concrete slabs are being cast at the site by the builder, DN Tanks, a national firm with offices in Wakefield, Mass.

The new tank will resemble the district's existing 60-foot tank on Mapleville Road, but will deliver increased pressure because its site is 100 feet higher, according to Powers. The old tank will continue serving other areas of the district.

The Greenville district, separate from town government and operating under policies and budgets set by its ratepayers, serves some 9,000 residents in Smithfield and Johnston. It is financing the expansion project with a no-interest loan from the R.I. Clean Water Finance Agency and $500,000 of its own money that had been set aside.

This cap, at left, will top off the water tank once its construction is complete. Concrete slabs, below left, are now giving form to the 60-foot water storage tank located off Burlingame Road in Smithfield. (Valley Breeze & Observer photos by Gerry Goldstein)
Concrete slabs are giving form to the 60-foot water storage tank off Burlingame Road in Smithfield.