Indian Head Water Storage Tank Replacement
The water tank located off Indian Head Heights is a key asset in Framingham's water distribution system. The 3.5 million gallon tank provides storage for over half of the average daily water demand in the Town's distribution system.
Initially installed in 1939, the tank is aged and needs to be replaced. Due to its current condition, age and the critical nature of this tank, it is not reasonable to take it out of service for extensive repairs.
To continue providing high water quality and fire protection, two smaller tanks will replace the existing tank for a combined total of 3.5 million gallons. The smaller, narrower profile of the two tanks not only sit better on the site they will allow redundancy in the system when repairs are needed. The project site design has considered access, security, stormwater management and landscape screening improvements.
Final design is complete and construction bids have been advertised. Construction is anticipated to begin in April,2017.
Project status: this project is currently on schedule with the originally anticipated completion date.
The following activities have been completed so far: Tank #1 has been built and completed. Electrical work (conduits installation) is completed up to the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) building, SCADA building is in place, new 16-inch water main from bottom of Indian Head Heights to the tank #1 (not connected yet) is installed, 12-inch bypass is installed and currently operating.
During the upcoming month, crews will pressure and disinfection test the new 16-inch water main, tie-in the new 16-inch pipe to the new tank, water tightening and disinfection testing of the new tank, work on the SCADA building (electrical, temporary and permanent wiring, conduits, etc.), and work on the road up to permanent binder grade.