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Trinity County gets new water tower raised over 50 ft. due to $315,000 mistake

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TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

In January a new water tower was installed in Trinity in order to help provide the high school, a new nursing home and other local businesses the appropriate water pressure in order to efficiently put out fires.

The tower was shut down after just one day when they realized that it had overflowed.  The reason for this was that the tower was built 56 feet shorter than was planned due to a height installation mix up.

Trinity mayor Billy Slaughter said that it was a big problem that needed to get fixed.

“Well at night when nobody’s using them, they’re going to fill up and they’re supposed to shut off. Well this one’s so much higher than that one. It started feed back through the discharge line and it was overflowing.” Slaughter said.

The city was has been in litigation with Klotz engineering who the mayor says have been responsible about the 315 thousand dollar mistake. It has taken nearly 9 months but their insurance workers began to raise the tower this morning.

“They knew they messed up, the admitted they messed up and they are fixing it they got their insurance company in on it and we’re getting it fixed.” Slaughter said.

Raising the tower to its original planned height is expected to have long lasting effects for areas of Trinity County.

Trinity County Judge Doug Page said the new adjustment will be greatly beneficial for the county.

“It’ll give us water pressure on the Eastern side Trinity that we’ve never had before which would accommodate the Trinity High School which is right there within actually in eye-shot of the water tower.” Page said.

The tower was made possible due to Hurricane Ike 2. 2 grant money that was received by the county and they plan on putting the newly raised tower to good use.

The water tower is expected to be complete by this Friday with the hopes of having it operational again by the weekend. 

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