PARISH WATER TOWERS TO BE DEMOLISHED
While nostalgic, water towers are no longer necessary
The Montz, Des Allemands and St. Rose water towers, are scheduled to be demolished by the parish at the end of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019 with no plans to replace them because officials say there is no need.
“When towers were first built there was less pressure and smaller distribution lines to the farthest points in the parish so they served as localized storage and a backup for pressure to get water to those areas,” said Waterworks Director Robbie Brou. “Now that the parish has the river crossings (pipelines that connect the East and West Bank water) so storage is centrally located. This capability also provides for additional pressure.”
The parish has 10 million gallons of water storage between the East and West Bank treatment facilities and the average daily demand for water in 2017 was approximately 8.3 million gallons. The Taft water tower for example, only holds 500 thousand of water.
Built in the 1960’s, all three towers have been out of service for several years and when demolished they will leave Taft as the only remaining tower in the parish.
Although unused, the towers would eventually present a safety hazard for residents in the area and would cost the parish in ongoing maintenance fees if not demolished.
This story was also covered by the St. Charles Herald Guide.
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END OF AN ERA: The water tower located in a subdivision of St. Rose along River Road on June 29.