Sioux Falls to give 'Big Blue' a facelift
At 35 years old, Sioux Falls' 5-million gallon drinking water reservoir needs some attention
A major Sioux Falls landmark — and a key component of the city's drinking water system — is getting a makeover estimated to cost nearly $2 million.
The Sioux Falls Public Works Department next year will overhaul its five-million-gallon reservoir at the city's water purification plant in the north end of the city. And the complete "reconditioning" of "Big Blue" — as city staff affectionately refer to the massive tank that towers over Minnesota Avenue just south of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport — will include work both inside and out.
At 35 years old, the reservoir will get a full abrasive blast, essentially sandblasting, and recoating on the interior and exterior, along with steel fabrication that will extend its service life and bring it up to modern industry standards.
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