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: erecting wall and dome panels for the tank #1, installation of the new valve vault including fittings and valves, installation of 16-inch water pipe from the new tank to the new vault and communications underground work along Indian Head Heights.
During the upcoming month, it is expected the installation of the temporary 12-inch by-pass that will connect the existing tank to the existing 16-inch water AC pipe at the bottom of the Indian Head Heights. Once the by-pass has been installed, the removal of the existing asbestos cement pipe along Indian Head Heights, and the installation new 16-inch pipe, will take place. Work on the new tank will continue through October 2017 (installation of wall slots, wiring around the structure, concrete spray, etc.)