Citizens Asked To Weigh In On Location for New Water Tank

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Monday, June 21, 2021 at 8:47 a.m.

The City of Spokane is planning to build a new 2 million gallon water tank to ensure the available of adequate water during a fire emergency and to meet demand for water, especially during the summer season, for much of the City’s South Hill.

The public is invited to weigh in on where the new water tank should be built through an online survey. The survey will be open through July 2. The potential sites for this facility have been narrowed to three, including 31st & Napa, the 37th Avenue reservoir site, and Hamblen Elementary School.

“This project will help improve water delivery to a large portion of our community,” says Marlene Feist, the City’s Public Works Director. “We have water reservoirs throughout the community to meet critical water delivery needs, and we’re asking our citizens to help us make a final site selection for this facility.”

The City’s water system has 23 pressure zones to ensure water reaches every customer. This tank would be located in what’s called the “high system pressure zone.” The high system pressure zone serves all homes on the South Hill south of about 14th Avenue. The tank site needs to be about two acres, close to existing water lines, and near the center of the pressure zone.

The City provides clean drinking water to more than 200,000 people every day. The City operates 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 throughout the City to ensure that proper pressure and water accessibility is maintained for all customers.