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City of Spokane announces plan for 2 million gallon water tank

The tank is meant to help make water available during a fire emergency and to meet demands for water during summer months.
Credit: City of Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — The city of Spokane announced plans to build a two million gallon water tank to help with fire emergencies Monday morning.

The city is asking the public to weigh in on the project. They want to know where community members think the location of the new tank should be through an online survey.

Potential sites for this facility have been narrowed to three locations. Those are 31st and Napa, the 37th Avenue reservoir site, and Hamblen Elementary School.

Marlene Feist, the City’s Public Works Director said that the project will help improve water delivery to a large portion of the community. 

Currently, the city has 23 pressure zones to ensure water reaches every customer. The city says the location of the new tank needs to be in what they call the “high system pressure zone” that is located on the South Hill, south of 14th street. 

There are some specific requirements for the location. The tank will need about two acres of land close to existing water lines, and near the center of the pressure zone. 

Spokane provides clean drinking water to more than 200,000 people every day. They operate the second largest water system in the state with more than 1,000 miles of water main. The system is critical to maintaining public health, providing fire protection, and delivering needed water throughout our community.

Infrastructure like water tanks are needed to ensure that proper pressure and water accessibility is maintained for all customers.

The public can voice their opinion through the online survey through July 2.