City utilities has groundbreaking ceremony for new water tank

Carla Clark | For The Republic People visit during the Columbus City Utilites groundbreaking ceremony for the new water tank at the former Walesboro airport in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

WALESBORO — Work has begun on a new storage tank that will be able to hold 2 million gallons of water, according to local officials.

Columbus City Utilities held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project at the former Walesboro airport on Wednesday morning.

The project site is located near the corner of Deaver Road and South County Road 175W, officials said.

According to CCU Executive Director Roger Kelso, construction will take about 18 months depending on the weather.

“We are just terribly excited to get this project started,” he said in an earlier interview. “Elevated storage is something that we need to accommodate the growth in the city.”

The Walesboro tank will likely serve the southern half of the city, he said. The project is expected to cost just over $14 million and will be funded through State Revolving Fund bonds.