New water tank would improve pressure

YOUNGSTOWN —  City council gave the go-ahead for the board of control to hire an engineering firm to oversee the design and construction of a new water tank to better serve customers on the city’s South Side and in Boardman Township.

The contract with an engineering firm would establish a schedule for constructing the proposed new tower, said John Casciano, the city’s water commissioner.

Council unanimously approved the request Wednesday.

The firm’s services would include detail design, bidding assistance, construction administration and general oversight.

The 1.5-million-gallon tank, near Erskine and Afton avenues in Boardman, would cost about $3 million to construct. The tank would replace an existing 500,000-gallon tank at that location and a 500,000-gallon tank on Indianola Avenue on the city’s South Side.

The larger tank would store more water and provide better pressure to city water department customers on the South Side and in Boardman, Casciano said.

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