LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of Lafayette is adding another water tower to its skyline and it could help the city's growth. Lafayette's Board of Works approved the design for a new 2 million gallon water tower on Tuesday. It will be built near the intersection of 18th Street and County Road East 430 South near Wea Ridge Elementary School.
The tower is part of a plan to add 5 million gallons to the city's current storage. The other 3 million will be from a booster station addition in Murdock Park.
Lafayette's Water Works Superintendent, Kerry Smith says water storage is important to new businesses looking to invest in an area.
"It's kind of a benchmark. We can gauge how much water we can provide to an industry that wants to come here in the future. One of the questions that's asked is, 'How much water storage do you have?" said Smith.
Tower construction will begin in early 2020 and wrap up in the spring of 2021. The Murdock Park project is still in the early planning stages but both projects will increase the city's total water storage to 15 million gallons.