Elevated Water Tanks
As you drive around Wilson, you may have noticed seven elevated storage tanks. Only five of these are for storing potable (drinking) water. Two of the City's storage tanks hold reclaimed (or re-use) water. For more information on reclaimed water, you can visit our Water Reclamation page.
- Which of Wilson's elevated water tanks was the first?
- Which carries the famous symbol for a local college?
- Which do not hold drinking water?
Read about our tanks and learn the answers:
The Pine Street Tank can hold one-million gallons of drinking water. The mascot of Barton College, the bulldog, is painted on the side of the tank. Lights surrounding the bowl of the tank show off the artwork at night.
More elevated water storage was added in 1962 with the construction of the one-million gallon tank behind Ralph L. Fike High School. The Fike Tank is a pedisphere tank, which means that it stands on a single large leg. The antenna structure on the top are for cell phone companies and for the city's SCADA network.
The Firestone Tank was completed in 1974, adding another million gallons of water storage for the City. This pedisphere tank is located west of the (now) Bridgestone Plant.
Lamm Road Tank
The fourth elevated storage tank was built in 1997. The Lamm Road Tank (also called the Industrial Park Tank) can be seen from I-95 and is located near the new Becton Dickinson Facility currently being built. The one-million gallon tank proudly displays the "Wilson Corporate Park" logo.
Horne's Church Road
The last elevated storage tank for drinking water was placed into service in 2004. The one-million gallon tank is located on Hornes Church Road.
Wedgewood Reclaimed Water Tank
Operations Center Reclaimed Water Tank
The Wedgewood Tank and the Operations Center Tank are reclaimed water storage tanks. The tank at Wedgewood can hold 0.25 million gallons of reclaimed water while the Operations Center Tank has the capacity for one-million gallons of reclaimed water. The water they store is non-potable, but it can be used for many things:
- Irrigation of lawns, golf courses, parks, school grounds, etc
- Industrial and manufacturing processes
- Fire protection in sprinkler systems located in commercial or industrial facilities
- Street sweeping and vehicle washing
- Decorative ponds and fountains
Reclaimed water is available to industrial and commercial customers within certain service areas. Currently the reclaimed water system produces irrigation water for Wedgewood Public Golf Course, the Wilson Rose Garden, for the Bridgestone Plant, for the Burt Gillette soccer complex, baseball complex and park areas, and for the Hominy Creek Water Reclamation Facility.