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Mtn. Water Co. Completes $4M in Infrastructure Projects

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MISSOULA -

Missoula residents' water supplier completes two major construction projects, resulting in more efficient and reliable water service.

Mountain Water Company completed $4 million worth of infrastructure improvements over the past year.

But, the largest, and most visible project was the construction of a new water tank at the top of Hillview Way.

Mountain Water officials said the 300,000-gallon concrete tank will increase water storage for both residents and firefighters.

"The tank itself is a steel diaphragm, sandwiched between a layer of concrete inside and a layer of concrete outside, and then wrapped with tensioning cables," said Chief Engineer at Mountain Water, Logan McInnis.

McInnis said the tensioning cables keep the concrete compressed, so the $650,000 tank won't crack.

"So, it's a sort of a state of the art type technology, it's the first of its kind in our system," he said.

The new tank replaces a 200,000 gallon welded steel tank that wasn't structurally sound, nor up to code.

"You know, we believe it'll be lower maintenance and longer lasting."

Contractors also replaced old fire hydrants and water tanks, and installed a large, high-capacity water main underneath Madison Street.

That major project slowed, or stopped traffic at the Madison-Broadway intersection for several months.

"It impacted people quite a bit and we appreciate everybody's patience," McInnis added.

McInnis said like nearly every other U.S. city, Missoula faces problems with aging water and sewer systems.

"You know, our country really hasn't invested enough money to keep up with infrastructure that we've put in over the last, you know, 100 years."

To help address the need for upgrades locally, Mountain Water officials say they're investing another $4 million toward improvements next year.

McInnis said, "It's a challenge, we're certainly trying to do the best we can to improve the infrastructure that we've got."

Mountain Water Company provides tap water and irrigation for about 66,000 residents.

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