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Talent water resevoir to be earthquake safe

I live in Talent. They are building what I’m told is a water reservoir up on the hill near our neighborhood. What company/outfit is building it? Is it passing inspections? Will it be somewhat earthquake safe?

— Debbie

Well, Debbie, according to the City of Talent, Skaar Construction Inc, which specializes in concrete storage containers, has been contracted to build the new reservoir for about $3.6 million.

The city plans for the new 2.5 million gallon reservoir to be completed by the end of the year and, according to city manager Sandra Spelliscy, the tank will indeed be earthquake safe.

According to Talent’s public works director Brett Marshall last year, structural engineers determined the old tank could not survive a significant seismic event of any kind during a routine 2016 inspection, The tank was built in 1973.

Spelliscy said the new reservoir would abide by modern regulations of construction — standards that didn’t exist back in the ’70s — and ensure the structure would be more resilient in an earthquake than its predecessor.

To replace the old tank, the city first contracted Pilot Rock construction, to build a 3,400-foot-long water pipe that could connect the new reservoir to the city water system. That part of the project was completed in 2019.

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