The News-Leader’s Answer Man: What’s in Those Tanks?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two recent Answer man questions led me to the same source – Joel Alexander, spokesman for City Utilities.

My co-worker Jim Coyle, the News-Leader information systems supervisor, asked what was going on with a water tower on the south side of East Chestnut Expressway, just west of Highway 65.
The globe at the top has poles attached to it. Connected to the poles are cables that drop to the ground.
What you see, Jim, is preparation for painting the the exterior of the structure.
A protective shroud will be raised when painting is under way to prevent paint from drifting down onto cars and trucks on nearby Chestnut Expressway.
It’s routine maintenance, Alexander says. The painting should start soon and will be completed by early June.
The tower has been drained and the inside will be painted, as well, Alexander tells me.

Now on to Question No. 2, which is from Rosemary Anno, who has lived in Springfield 33 years.
Two large white containers that look like they are for oil storage are at Kansas Expressway and West Woodland Street. They’ve been there forever. What’s inside?
Eight million gallons of water. 
Four million in each.  The tanks have been there since about 1980.
The tank closest to Kansas Expressway is made of steel. The other is made of pre-stressed concrete.
And even though you didn’t ask, Rosemary, the small building nearby houses a booster pump.

(These are the views of Steve Pokin, the News-Leader’s columnist. Pokin has been at the paper 31/2 years and over the course of his career has covered just about everything – from courts and cops to features and fitness. He can be reached at 836-1253,, on Twitter @stevepokinNL or by mail at 651 N. Boonville, Springfield, MO 65806.
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