Melbourne To Demolish Several Water Storage Tanks

By  //  July 27, 2012

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Facilities Functionally Obsolete

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Plans are proceeding for the removal of two elevated water storage tanks that no longer are needed as part of Melbourne’s drinking water distribution.  

Melbourne's landmark elevated water tower off Oak Street will be demolished soon along with another one in Indialantic. (Image by Ed Pierce)

The tanks, located off Palm Avenue in Indialantic and off Oak Street in Melbourne, have been in use for decades to provide storage and to maintain water pressure.

In recent years the city has added ground storage tanks and booster pumps to enhance the water distribution system, said Ralph Reigelsperger, public works and utilities director.

“The improvements have rendered some of the elevated storage tanks functionally obsolete,” he said.

Changes to the distribution system have been under way for several years and now allow the city to avoid the high cost of renovating the two elevated tanks that are to be removed.

A pair of other elevated tanks were previously dismantled and carried away, and when the new demolitions are completed just one pair of the traditional storage tanks will remain in place.

Reigelsperger said the work to identify a company to dismantle the tanks before the end of the calendar year will follow removal of antenna structures by the end of August.

Melbourne has leased antenna locations to cell phone companies and a radio station, but provided notice last year to those parties that the leases could not be renewed.

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  1. Hi greetings from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. My aunt lives on Creel Street and I know that water tower on Oak St. I visit Melbourne every other year – very sad to see this end of an era. Would have any pictures of the water when it first went up..that would be very nice to see…take care and all the very best to you.

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