Water Tower Recycled

1 decade 9 months 3 weeks ago December 07, 2005 Dec 7, 2005 Wednesday, December 07 2005 Wednesday, December 07, 2005 5:36:13 PM CST in News

The water tower which used to supply Jefferson City's former prison is lifeless.

"That water tower hasn't been in use since the penitentiary was closed last August. So, that's basically more than a year that this penitentiary has basically been sitting useless to the state," said Gov. Blunt's spokeswoman Jessica Robinson.

Piece by piece, workers will bring it back to life near Branson.

"The entire structure will be used, all the way from the legs to the bowl, to the top of the tower, everything that can be used will be re-used," explained Dan Walker of the Department of Natural Resources.

For Jefferson City and Branson, recycling the tower is a win-win situation.

"The cost to the state to take that water tower down would have been about $40,000," Robinson said. "We would have gained about $4,000 or so for selling that for scrap metals, so still leaving the state with a cost of $36,000." 

But, the state won't have to pay to dismantle the tower because the Stone County Water District will pick up the tab. The district will also pay to transport it. The 70-year-old tower will then supply up to 1 million gallons of water a day, turning rubbish into a resource.

The Stone County Water District has until Feb. 2 to remove the tower.

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