District plan to have new water tanks online this summer

VAN BUREN, Maine — Construction is complete on two new concrete water tanks the Van Buren Water District installed this winter. District Manager Skip Dumais said recently that new storage tanks are expected to go online by July 1.

This new 400,000 gallon concrete tank on the left is one of two new tanks installed this winter by the Van Buren Water District.
(Don Eno)

The existing metal tanks were in need of significant and costly repairs, according to Dumais. Instead, the district opted to invest in a long-term solution and take advantage of a revolving loan from the state, which is paying for approximately half of the $1.5 million project. The remainder will come from user fees, according to Dumais.

A new 700,000-gallon capacity tank is located on Hillside Drive in Keegan, located to the west of downtown Van Buren. A second, 400,000-gallon tank was constructed in Van Buren, behind Borderview Rehab & Living Center.

The water district is governed by its own board of trustees and is not part of the Van Buren town government.

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